Friday 1st of March

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).

Once again we are excited to present excellent speakers throughout the day, who are passionate about ministry with children and families.

At IGNITE Summit 2019, we are excited to welcome the following three speakers:

  • Barry Morris
    Barry Morris Christian Psychologist | Evolve Therapeutic Service | Gateway Counselling and Wholeness Centre

    Barry Morris is a Christian Psychologist with 14 years professional experience and 20 years ministry experience working with children, young people and their families.  He currently works for Evolve Therapeutic Service with children and young people in foster care, as well as in private practice at the Gateway Counselling and Wholeness Centre.  His life and career are dedicated to helping children and young people reach their potential, and empowering families and the broader community to help make this happen.  Barry’s session “Young Warriors” will explore building resilience and developing positive identity in children.

  • Kimberly Smith
    Kimberly Smith Generations and Emerging Leaders Pastor | BUV

    Kimberly is currently the Generations and Emerging Leaders Pastor for the Baptist Churches of Victoria, Australia.

    Drawing on 15 years’ experience as a Generations pastor, her role is to support kids, families, youth and young adult pastors and leaders in their roles with mentoring, training and connection to the broad network of churches. She also seeks to help churches and their senior leadership think, act and grow generationally.

    Kimberly is passionate about leadership and team development. She is a State Coordinator within the Arrow Leadership Emerging Leaders Program– encouraging leaders in church and para church organisations to explore and develop their leadership potential.

  • 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.

Cost: $75

The program, materials, lunch and snacks are included in your registration.  (Dinner is extra, see below.)

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


Gateway Baptist Church
1052 Mt Gravatt-Capalaba Road
Mackenzie, Queensland, Australia, 4156

Our venue is only 25 minutes from the Brisbane international Airport and has onsite parking

Stay for Dinner …

To allow for continued conversations, we are also offering the opportunity of going to a restaurant for dinner following the Ignite Summit Conference.   Please select this option during the registration process.  Payment for this meal will be made on the day.

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