Children’s Ministry Conference and Expo

Saturday 4th of March 2017

Over 800 like-minded people, keynote presentations and over 70 elective workshops make IGNITE the best value training for your children’s ministry. Bring your entire team and equip them to impact a generation.

CMNlogo265px162IGNITE is a project of the Queensland Children’s Ministry Network (QCMN) in partnership with SU Queensland.  The QCMN is made up of representatives of the Christian denominations and parachurch agencies working together for the children and families of our state.


Experienced presenters will share on our theme:
Hear about fresh approaches and ideas in children’s ministry. These sessions are all together in the main auditorium.  More details about our keynote speakers is available below.


Choose from over 90 quality training electives delivered by experienced facilitators.

  • + MORE …

Visit the Electives Page for a full list of electives available or visit the Downloads Section for printable PDFs with an overview OR full listing of details of electives, trainers and the schedule for the day.


Showcasing the latest resources for organisations and individuals involved in children’s ministry, this is a perfect opportunity to connect with these exhibitors.
Arrive early … opens at 7.30am … grab a coffee and be inspired! Coffee vans on site!
We encourage any new and innovative organisations to be a part of Ignite Expo. Please send your expressions of interest to and we will forward the relevant information.

“It was great! Thank you so much to your amazing team! Our kids Ministry team are so blessed, refreshed and inspired.”

“I loved it … can’t wait until next year.”

“Loved the whole thing! Thank you for a wonderful conference”

Keynote speakers presenting at

ignite 2017

Keynote 1

  • Michelle Tolentino
    Michelle TolentinoFormer ‘Compassion’ child

    Michelle Tolentino lives in Manila and is the Co-founder and President of Made in Hope, a nonprofit organization that restores hope and crafts a future for exploited women and children in Asia Pacific. Michelle grew up in a small home with 17 relatives, several of her friends were sold into prostitution as young girls, and her father abandoned her family after years of drug addiction.

    After receiving a Communication Arts degree, Michelle graduated with honours with a master’s degree in Spiritual Formation and Discipleship from the Theological Seminary in Chicago.

    Michelle works with a team of children to co-host a weekly radio program aimed at children and youth, developing young leaders in Southeast Asia. Michelle remains fervently committed to bringing this same life-changing hope to those in desperate, hopeless situations around the world.

    Keynote 2

    • Sean W Smith
      Sean W SmithEntertainer

      Since his humble beginnings as a Primary School teacher in 2004, Sean has grown to become one of the premier voices in children and family ministry in Australia. Sean has spent 8 months each year over the past 7 years traveling domestically and internationally encouraging children and families to make Jesus their number 1! “One of the things I believe God has called and equipped me to do is encourage and help grow strong Godly families.

      Never before have our children’s identity, moral belief system and the value of family been so under attack by society as it is today. I believe God has laid on my heart to invest into our children and families to ensure we intentionally build and create a generation of young children who know their identity in Christ and parents who build their children strong in and on Gods word!”

      Sean has performed to nearly 500,000 children in more than 500 schools and 350 churches world wide, as well as released 6 christian kids albums independently since 2008. He and his wife, Rina, and their children, Tyson & Taylor live in Adelaide.


      Saturday 4th March

      • 7.30am  Registration & Expo Opens
      • 8:30am Pre-Show Program
      • 8.45am Keynote Session
      • 10.00am Morning Tea
      • 10.45am Electives
      • 12.00pm Electives
      • 1.00pm Lunch
      • 1:30pm Browse EXPO
      • 2.15pm Electives
      • 3:30pm Keynote Sessions (separate RI teachers’ keynote)
      • 4:30pm  Session close
      • 5:00pm Expo Closes


      A full list of electives shaping ‘Faith for Life’ has been finalised and will cover the following areas …


      RI Instructors

      Are you a Religious Instructor in Schools?

      The FIREDUP Conference is the premier RI conference in Qld. Run in conjunction with IGNITE, the program includes specific RI workshops, a special keynote speaker, and encouraging stories from RI instructors.

      Come and be upskilled for RI, develop best practice, take home some practical ideas, and renew your mind for understanding how to teach children in a secular age.

      More information about this here>


      Twenty4: Friday 3rd March.

      Twenty4 is a gathering for leaders-of-leaders in ministry with children and families and is held in the ‘Twenty4′ hours before the IGNITE Conference.  This pre-conference gathering has been designed to encourage and equip those who lead teams in their ministry in their church or organisation.  Since 2013, ministry coordinators and children’s & families’ pastors have found Twenty4 to be equipping and inspiring, while also offering an opportunity to share ideas and encourage one another. Once again, we are excited to present excellent speakers who are passionate about ministry with children and families.

      Linking in with the “Faith for Life” IGNITE theme, topics covered at Twenty4 will include the following speakers:

      • Rob Rienow talking about “A Senior Pastor’s Reflection on Family Ministry”. Rob pastors a church in Chicago, USA and will be joining us via Skype.
      • Jill Kayser talking about “Creating Child Friendly Churches”.  Jill leads the New Zealand based ministry Kids Friendly Churches.
      • Michelle Tolentino talking about “Empowering Children”. Michelle, from the Philippines, is one of our guest speakers at IGNITE.
      • Mike Hands talking about “Leading teams to do ministry well”.

      More information about this here>

      To let other leaders in your network know about this amazing opportunity, please find a downloadable brochure here>

      “Wonderfully encouraging to be here and think of the children. To be challenged and encouraged to Jesus on Gods word and see people trained and able to train others and lead children & families back to God.”

      “Love Ignite! Thanking you for all the great leadership and tools that you have given us, to continue to grow and develop in God’s children’s ministry.  You’re simply the best !!”


      Just $65 Full Day Conference

      A conference fee includes morning tea AND Lunch
      • Early Bird Registrations close Friday 20th February 2017.
      • A full conference fee after after 20th February will be $75
      • Seniors’ Discount* $50/$60 (before and after 20th Feb) … *Govt Card & Pension Cards only
      Special Offers
      FREE Registrations are available for:
      • Junior Leaders currently enrolled in Upper Primary or Secondary School
      • Country Delegates
      • Senior Pastors
      • 5 scholarships for isolated leaders (valued at $500 each)
      • Travel subsidies are available for delegates travelling long distances.
      Full details of pricing, subsidies, special offers and scholarships to follow

      Click the button below for full details of pricing, subsidies, special offers and scholarships.


      Mueller Performing Arts Centre – 75 Morris Rd, Rothwell Brisbane
      MPAC is a state of the art performing arts venue built in 2007 and located in the grounds of Mueller College on the beautiful Redcliffe Peninsula, just 40 minutes north of Brisbane City and under 30 minutes from the Brisbane airport.
      Please Note: The auditorium and all elective rooms are fully wheelchair accessible. 


      Private Transport
      There is plenty of free parking in the grounds of Mueller College.
      If you are driving from the Bruce Highway, take Exit 133 (Anzac Ave) and head east towards Redcliffe along Anzac Rd, through the Deception Bay Rd roundabout, and turn left onto Wattle Rd, then right onto Morris Rd.
      If you are heading north from Brisbane along the Gateway Motorway, take the Deagon Deviation across the Houghton Highway Bridge, then continue along Elizabeth Ave which becomes Snook St, then left at Anzac Ave, and right onto Wattle Rd, then right onto Morris Rd.
      Public Transport
      For bus times and costs, please use the Journey Planner on the TransLink website.  Type in ‘Mueller College’ as your destination landmark.


      If you require accommodation, there are a number of local options within a short driving distance from the venue, including B&B’s, hotels and caravan parks.


      Christians working together under the banner of the Queensland Children’s Ministry Network have shaped this event since its inception in 2005.  With delegates coming from more than 20 different denominations and from across this state, IGNITE is one expression of Kingdom partnering in action.

      Collaborating across denominations, and now in partnership with SU Qld, IGNITE continues to bring you the best trainers in their field.  Mark your diaries now and plan to bring your team.  Enjoy the buzz as you share this day with fellow workers from across the state.


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      Want to find out about similar conferences in other states? Website links will become active as conference details are finalised.
      WA … CANCELLED for 2017
      Passing the Baton
      NSW … CANCELLED 2017
      KidsReach Conference
      VIC … 25th February 2017
      SA … 25th February 2017
      TAS … 18th March, 2017
       CONNECT 2016



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      Twenty4 Brochure

      Leaders are invited to their own retreat with our speakers

      2017 Electives

      A table of electives … an overview in table form

      2017 Electives

      A full descriptions of electives and presenters

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      Our Sponsors

      We thank our sponsors for our 2017 Conference

      IGNITE would not be possible without the partnership we have with our valued sponsors, many of whom have supported IGNITE for many years. For this we are extremely grateful so please click on their logo to find our more about them.

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