Ignite Program

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.  

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.

 Javier & Judy Maldonado are a couple that went through the Ignite Program as participants, then as mentors and have now stepped up to lead the whole program. The Maldonados are living proof that the Ignite Program works!