Children’s Ministry Conference and Expo

Saturday 2nd of March 2019

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.



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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.

Highlights 2018

View Chelsea’s video clip to discover huge benefits for your team!


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 70 quality training electives delivered by experienced facilitators from the following categories.]

  • Walking with children at school
  • Walking with children in families
  • Walking with children with additional needs
  • Walking with children and technology
  • Walking with children through their life needs
  • Walking with children in their spiritual growth
  • Walking with younger children
  • Walking with teenagers
  • Walking with children in intergenerational settings
  • Walking with children through creative expression
  • Walking with leaders of children


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”

Our speakers presenting at


Keynote 1 & 2

  • Simon Hood
    Simon Hood Managing Director | LOGOSDOR

    Simon has been passionate about children meeting and following Jesus since he was encouraged to be a children’s leader at his church at the age of 12. He added puppetry to that shorty after and as a teenager began traveling telling children everywhere about Jesus. Since then Simon worked for Bible Society in NSW and, with his team, started Logosdor in 1995 and been harnessing creativity, media, sport, technology, partnering and equipping to take the good news of Jesus to children and families worldwide. He recently moved back to Sydney after living six years in Dubai and has two energetic boys, Sami (5) & Josh (3). Simon and his wife Penny love having an adoptive family. They now spend most of their time running to keep up with the boys and picking up toys! (Simon was the keynote speaker at the very first IGNITE Conference in 2005 so it is time we had him back!)

International Voices

  • International Voices
    International Voices We will also be adding other significant voices from outside our shores to our training schedule using Skype technology!

    • Jake Mulder (US) – Jake currently serves as the director of strategic initiatives at the Fuller Youth Institute and is the author of ‘Growing Young’. He is also part of the team that has developed and championed Sticky Faith. In earlier years Jake was a missionary with Youth with a Mission (YWAM) in Europe and Asia.
    • Josh Mulvihill (US) – Josh is the Pastor to Children and Families at Grace Church and the Director of Resources for The Legacy Coalition. Josh has a PhD from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and is the author of Biblical Grandparenting and Preparing Children for Marriage.
    • David Fitch (US)  is pastoring and participating in life at Peace of Christ Community in Westmont, Illinois. He is the author of “Faithful Presence, Seven Disciplines that Shape the Church for Mission”. David will speak with Senior Pastors on his chapter in this book entitled ‘The Discipline of Being with Children’.
    • Menchit Wong (Phillippines) – Menchit has just finished a long tenure as the International Child Advocacy Director for Compassion. Receiving her calling at age 17 to minister to and with children, Menchit has been a leader in the field of serving children at risk.
    • Seth Dahl (US) – Seth is a writer and worldwide speaker to adults and children. He is known for his powerful wisdom communicated through a contagious joy and childlikeness. Seth loves to empower families to build a strong connection that fosters peace and creates a thriving family culture. With over 15 years experience working with children and being a children’s pastor, Seth has cultivated a passion to help parents create a thriving family culture at home.

Still ZOOMing in for a breakout session!!

  • Melissa J  MacDonald
    Melissa J MacDonald Ministry Innovator | Author | Leader Coach Speaker | Consultant | Disciplemaker

    Passionate about the church and about kids, Melissa travels extensively speaking, training, coaching, and consulting. She is the author of “Missing: An Urgent Call for the Church to Rescue Kids” and currently serves as the national Children’s Disciplemaking Specialist for the Christian and Missionary Alliance denomination in the US. With a fresh and unique perspective Melissa boldly and dynamically calls the church to be The Church everywhere she goes.

    Be prepared to be inspired as Melissa encourages us in our walking with children and being with them. Be challenged to think afresh about how we, as leaders, can make sure we’re personally present and ready for children and how we can meet children where they are without an agenda.

    Due to unexpected outcomes from recent surgery, her doctor has restricted Melissa’s travels. While we are sad about this, we understand that life happens. Please watch this short video message from Melissa.

  • Seth Dahl
    Seth Dahl
  • Menchit Wong
    Menchit Wong
  • David Fitch
    David Fitch
  • Josh Mulvihill
    Josh Mulvihill
  • Jake Mulder
    Jake Mulder


Saturday 2nd 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 Instructors’ keynote)
  • 4:30pm  Session close
  • 5:00pm Expo Closes


An extensive range of electives means we’ve got you covered!


A full list of electives complimenting our theme of ‘Walking with Children’ has been finalised and will cover the following areas …

  • Walking with children at school
  • Walking with children in families
  • Walking with children with additional needs
  • Walking with children and technology
  • Walking with children through their life needs
  • Walking with children in their spiritual growth
  • Walking with younger children
  • Walking with teenagers
  • Walking with children in intergenerational settings
  • Walking with children through creative expression
  • Walking with leaders of children

RI Instructors

Are you a Religious Instructor in Schools? This is for you …


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 along and be inspired, equipped and encouraged for your work in schools. Understand our changing world and context. Learn best practice for RI.

  • Workshops for experienced and 1st-time instructors
  • Keynote Session with Emma Collett – Primary School Scripture Advisor for YouthWorks in Sydney
  • Practical skills you can take home and implement
  • Networking with other RI Instructors
  • Loads of resources available at the EXPO!

A day not to be missed and designed to give you confidence in the classroom.


Friday 1st March … especially for leaders-of-leaders!


Designed for leaders of leaders in church ministry with children and families, the Ignite Summit is a pre-conference held the day before the Ignite Expo.

Our aim is to encourage and support the leaders of kids ministry programs and culture.  The day provides opportunities to network with other passionate leaders.

Following the Summit, delegates will have an opportunity to continue to network over dinner.  Please tick the ‘Dinner’ reservation box when Registering if you want to join the dinner (at own expense).

Kids Ministry is a specialised ministry which encompasses a variety of challenges and opportunities.  Our speakers are chosen to give insight into a variety of Kids ministry areas including Family ministry and leadership challenges.

“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 Monday 18th February 2018.
  • A full conference fee after 18th February will be $75
  • Seniors’ Discount* $50 ($60 after 18th February) … *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


      • 3 scholarships for isolated leaders (valued at $500 each)
      • Travel subsidies are available for delegates travelling long distances.

      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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2019 Electives

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2019 Electives Table

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Summit Postcard

Leaders-of-leaders are invited to their own retreat

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Our Sponsors

We thank our sponsors for our 2018 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.











Our Exhibitors

We thank our many exhibitors for coming to support and serve our Conference

They come with resources to share, expertise to impart and a friendly smile. Please be sure to check them out.


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