The Ignite Retreat



April 7th to 9th, 2017
Starting at 7pm


New Windsor, IL
Camp Summit

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For Three Days
Encounter God in a way you never have before

The Ignite Retreat is unlike any college student retreat you've ever attended. Held at a retreat center nestled in the woods in West Central Illinois, everything about this retreat is designed to help you have a genuine encounter with God — whether by being challenged in the sessions, hearing God during worship and prayer, building relationships and getting advice from other students over meal times, or in your one-on-one time with God, we guarantee you will experience a new level with Him. College students and young adults from throughout the West Central Illinois and Eastern Iowa regions come together for a weekend — and leave changed.

Time of Silence

Spend time alone with God in silence in order to quiet your mind and hear His voice.

Extended Worship

Encounter God during multiple sessions of extended worship and prayer.

Challenging Sessions

Be challenged and motivated to grow your faith during main sessions with powerful speakers.

Speakers & Worship

Powerful Sessions from Challenging Leaders


Founder / Ignite Student Ministries


Ignite Alumni


Former IVCF Student leader


Media Producer, Northwoods Community Church


Former Leadership Coach, Ignite


Worship Leader, Ignite Monmouth

Retreat Schedule

Powerful Sessions Geared to Help You Grow

9:30 pm - 11:59 pm

Free Time

8:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Worship & Prayer

Reece Johnson
Media Producer, Northwoods Community Church

Encounter God in an extended time of worship and prayer.

7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Main Session: Pursue + Pain = Promise

Matt Hemmele
Technical Director, Northwoods Community Church

Pursue + Pain = Promise

7:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Retreat Opening

Jason Vana
Ignite Founder

Get pumped up for a weekend of food, fun, and encountering Jesus!

6:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Check In

9:00 pm - 11:59 pm

Free Time

8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Worship & Prayer

Ian Smith
Former Leadership Coach, Ignite Student Ministries

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Main Session: Unending Pursuit – Man, God, and the Quest Both Share

Jeremie Kilgore
Associate Pastor, Northwoods Community Church

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm


2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Free Time

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Women’s Session: My BFF God

Jill Turley
Former Student Leader, Ignite Monmouth

Retreat participants well break off into men’s and women’s groups for discussions related specifically to their gender.

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Men’s Session: A Life of Glass

Eric Vogel
Former Student Leader, IVCF Knox College

Retreat participants well break off into men’s and women’s groups for discussions related specifically to their gender.

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Small Groups

Gather into a small group with other students to discuss the retreat topic, grow in relationship, and pray for each other.

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Time of Silence

Spend time alone with God in silence in order to quiet your mind and hear His voice.

9:30 am - 10:00 am


Ryan Leath
Worship Leader, Ignite Monmouth

8:30 am - 9:30 am


1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Packing / Depart

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


11:30 am - 12:00 pm

Closing Session

Jason Vana
Founder, Ignite Student Ministries

10:30 am - 11:30 am

Main Session: Prosperous Pursuit

Jason Vana
Founder, Ignite Student Ministries

10:00 am - 10:30 am


Ryan Leath
Worship Leader, Ignite Monmouth

9:00 am - 10:00 am



I came into this as far away from God as I had been in a very, very long time. I almost didn’t come because of how far I had been feeling, but as soon as I got here, everything suddenly became better and I allowed God into my life and allowed Him to speak to me. I was able to listen! I am rejuvenated in the Lord!

Lexis Turner
Monmouth College

God slowed down the busyness of my life and allowed me to relax in His presence.

Taylor Ewald
Monmouth College

During communion, I broke down crying when I told the story of how I had died twice as an infant. That day I really understood what God had given me. He had given me a fighting chance against the trickster. He fought for my life just for me to see the beautiful things he made.

Zac Brand
Monmouth College

Before this retreat, I was so insecure with sharing with others what all God has done in my life. Never had I told my testimony so many times and with so much passion. Ignite has taught me that it is not all about me, it’s everyone around me. I will make a difference because I am MARKED by God.

Rosie Schumacher
Illinois Central College

For college students, especially Christians attending a non-Christian college, it’s really hard to keep my faith. We often are discouraged by non-Christians, or stressful college life. But for this retreat, I could really encounter God, recheck the path I was walking, and get encouraged by fellow Christians.

Quinn Lee
Knox College

God opened my eyes to how I am being set apart from people by God. I was able to help a friend come to God even if it is a slow process. I made many new friends and was shown it’s okay to come close and to not run away.

Jayme Fisher
Carl Sandburg College

I’ve been feeling distant from God recently. I know He wants me, but I’m not sure if I wanted Him. This retreat has helped me realize what I am capable of with God and that I should come back to him.

Joel Willison
Knox College

I felt God has spoken through the Ignite Retreat leaders to tell me the gifts that I have from my quirky personality to other traits. I think God wants me to realize them because they may help me with my future opportunities.

Roberto Davila
Knox College

Pricing & Registration

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Standard Registration

After March 1, pay the standard price of the retreat. Scholarships are available.


Helping Hand

Pay a little more for the retreat, and the extra will go to help another student who can’t afford the retreat.



  • Faith United Methodist Church
  • Northwoods Community Church
  • Reach36
  • Detroit & 9th
  • First Christian Church
  • Greater Life
  • First Baptist Church

Location and Venue

Picturesque Lodge Nestled in the Woods

The Ignite Retreat is held at beautiful Camp Summit just outside New Windsor, Illinois. Nestled in the woods with a lake, lodge, hiking trails, canoes, paddle boats, basketball courts, camp fire pits, outdoor theater, and much more, it is the perfect place to encounter God.

Conference Location

Camp Summit

3321 57th Ave. New Windsor, IL 61465

Additional details

An information packet will be emailed a week before the retreat with driving directions, packing list, schedule, and more.