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One encounter with God is all it takes to change your life.

The Ignite Retreat is designed to help you do just that — have a genuine encounter with the real and living God. Through extended worship, teaching from area pastors and ministry leaders, prayer for you and for your college, small groups, break out sessions, meals and fun, you will hear God speaking to you, pushing you, and encouraging you.

Held over a weekend every semester, the Ignite Retreat pulls in high school seniors, college students, and young adults up to age 24 from throughout the West Central Illinois and Eastern Iowa regions for a weekend of seeking God together.

And the result? Students come back refreshed and ready to make a difference for Christ at their schools.


What to Expect

Ignite Retreats
Each Ignite Retreat is different, but you can expect each trip to contain some of the following:

  • Extended worship from area worship teams
  • Teaching led by area pastors and ministry leaders
  • Group prayer for you and for your college
  • Small group time
  • Personal time for you to spend with God
  • Meals together
  • Home made snacks
  • Free time for games and fellowship
  • Bonfires and S’mores

Retreat Preparation
Leading up to the Ignite Retreat, you should expect to spend time doing:

  • Finish all of your homework
  • Ask God what He wants to speak to you
  • Pack!

Frequently Asked Questions

We have a rule here in Ignite: never let money be the reason why you don’t have an encounter with God. Scholarships are available to help you offset or completely cover the cost of the Ignite Retreat. Simply indicate on the registration form that you need a scholarship, and we’ll be in touch to get you covered.

The Ignite Retreat is best experienced in full. However, we know sometimes that’s just not possible. Let us know on your registration form that you can only make part of the retreat, and we’ll let you know the cost for the time you’ll be there.

The Ignite Retreat is open to high school seniors, college students, and young adults up to age 24.

You can pay online when you book your registration (the best option to receive discounts!) or make a check out to Ignite or bring cash to your local Ignite group to pay.

No Ignite group at your campus? We’ll send out instructions via email when you register.

God often shows up in our lives when we disconnect from everything else and pursue Him. If you fully engage during the retreat — be involved in the sessions, worship fully, share with others, spend time with Him — you will hear God in some way.

Carpooling is available from each college campus. When you register for the retreat, we will connect you with the carpooling group from your school.

There’s a field on the registration form that asks about food allergies and dietary restrictions. Simply indicate any allergies or restrictions when you register and we’ll make sure the food is safe for you to eat.

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