Ignite: Latino Lay Leadership

By Gary Rohrmayer

Dear Pastor,

We would like to invite you to join us on Thursday, August 15, 2013 to hear about a program called Ignite Spiritual Leadership Development.  Ignite is a program designed to train and develop married Christian couples currently attending and leading in Converge MidAmerica churches who share the vision of reaching out to the unchurched Latino population.  Although the Latino population is the fastest growing population in the United States, it is the least represented in the church today. 

Ignite aims to equip and empower couples in our churches to learn the essential spiritual disciplines and leadership tools necessary to reach out to the second generation Latino population and start a movement of growth and revival in the Latino community.  We will be extending an invitation to 10 couples to participate in this 18 month journey starting in September of 2013.  We would like to share the vision for Ignite with you and tell you how you can select a couple from your congregation to apply to participate in this life changing program.   

A past participant in the Ignite program, Cristina DiStefano from Iglesia Emanuel in Waukegan, Illinois, had this to say about her experience in the Ignite program:

“I think the greatest gift I got from Ignite was the fact that people were interested in investing time, money and energy in my husband and me. I loved having a coach and having to meet with her on a couple of occasions. I also met great friends, friends I still enjoy spending time with. It was the start of wonderful relationships in our lives. The guest speakers were awesome. I still cannot believe that I actually got to hear from the authors of books in person! That brought more richness to the books, it brought them to life. But the best part was being part of a group of people (including the speakers) who have as their main goal to know and love God even more, to serve and love others, and to share their hearts and lives with others. Thank you team of leaders and coaches from Ignite!”

Cristina is a very active leader at Iglesia Emanuel and her husband, Abram, is the worship pastor there.  The program has enabled both of them to utilize innovative leadership tools and programs to draw out the members of their congregation and reach more people in their community.  Over the past 5 years, 20 couples have participated in Ignite and have received invaluable leadership training that they have been able to use in their churches and communities.

Please join us on August 15th from 6:30pm – 8:30pm at Skokie Valley Church, located at 1050 Skokie Blvd, Wilmette, Illinois to hear more from past participants, learn more about this leadership development program, and to find out how members of your congregation can apply to take part in Ignite this fall. 


Jessy Padilla

Interim Director of Hispanic Ministries

Converge MidAmerica


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