My time on Ignite
I went on the ignite course in 2013 in Southampton. At the time it ran for a whole day a week, it's one evening a week now. I had heard of others who had done it and loved it! Some of you may remember Carl and Debs Stone, they really encouraged me to do it and get involved.
As I made the decision to start Ignite I was hungry and thirsty to know God more and to find out what that meant for me and my life. I had done discipleship and leadership training before but it had been a few years and I felt that it's always good to allow room for growth. Although it was early in our marriage and Lottie was studying, it felt really right to take a day a week and pursue the course.
Ignite really starts off with a bang! Some solid teaching on who God is, what he thinks of us and his plan to redeem mankind, his children. I was lapping it up and loved every week. Some diverse and different teachers each week really helped and also meant a wide range of wisdom and experience was tapped into, also listening to same voice all day woulda been tough zzzzz. As well as great teaching, I was making great friends. It was really special to journey through that with people and still now, I have significant friendships with people I met on the course.
The second term is all about us, why God created us, what his vision for our lives is and what impact that has on the way we view ourselves. WOW, that time was really powerful, we looked long and hard at ourselves, patterns of behavior, reactions we have to others and the thought patterns that lead to them. It was a tough time but a really really good time. It had really intense moments but also incredibly joyous and freeing times too. In all of it, it was driven home that GOD IS GOOD and loves us so much. He only wants to give good gifts to us, that in its self can be hard to stomach!
The third term is all about action! We learnt about the fruits and the gifts of the Holy Spirit, prophecying and encouraging each to pray for healing and and miracles. Once again, some uncomfortable moments and times where I had to put aside my history and take the teaching at face value. Trusting that God is good and wants to heal, even when it seems not to happen right then. I've learnt that no matter what, keep going and don't give up. We also learnt about how to take everything we've learnt out into the worlds around us, that for me is the whole point. The whole point of the course and the whole point of the Christian life, to go and make disciples.... Matt 28. The course ended with a graduation evening where we all prophecied over each other and sent each out into the world to cause some damage!
In summery, the Ignite course empowered me to be more of who I am in Jesus, raised my awareness of my own giftings, gave me the genuine belief that God is good and, most importantly, empowered and realised me to go into our world and make him known.
I would thouroughly encourage anyone with a desire know God to do the course. Honestly, anyone. Any age, any background. All you need is a desire to know more of God.
Thanks for reading and I hope you found it encouraging
Peace and Love.
By Derek Garner