“Lighting the way to Reservation transformation.”
EPHESIANS 4:11-12, NLT
"Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ. Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth. Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love."
HISTORY: IGNITE Christian Leadership Center was born out of the heart and generosity of Dunamis Christian Ministries. Last Autumn, Dunamis's Board (made from a collection of Indiana church pastors and supporters) unanimously voted that in order for the vision to advance, Dunamis must have Arizona church leadership.
With the Lord's continued blessings, IGNITE Christian Leadership Center now represents a fast-growing collaboration of churches and denominations across the Southwest, the Midwest, and nation, all working together toward a shared mission – to light the way to Reservation transformation!
MISSION / VISION / STRATEGY:
The MISSION of IGNITE Christian Leadership Center is to equip Native American Reservation leaders and pastors with essential ministry education and the strategic training for raising-up, shepherding, and preparing their own churches and communities to Serve, sustainably Transform, and Win the Reservations for Jesus Christ.
IGNITE's VISION is to provide the necessary tools, resources, and networking support crucial to indigenous missional ministry and Reservation community transformation.
IGNITE's STRATEGY is to offer courses towards certification which:
1. Focus on
(a.) Biblical life-skills,
(b.) in-depth ministry study, and
(c.) effective discipleship
2. Accommodate the demanding schedules of Native American Reservation pastors.
AFFILIATION: IGNITE does not claim to be the exclusive ministry of any one church or Christian faith tradition. Rather, we represent a growing collaboration of churches and denominations across the Southwest and nation, working together toward a shared mission – to light the way to Reservation transformation.
As a training center for Native American Christian pastors and leaders on the Reservations, IGNITE is willing, able, and eager to associate with any church which (1) preaches the gift of salvation thru the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and (2) accepts the Holy Bible (as-written and undivided) as the authoritative guide in Christian faith and practice. Furthermore, IGNITE respects each church's and each person's differences in doctrine, style, and personality as they follow the Lord Jesus, and considers these differences as edifying expressions of and service to one body (Romans 12:3-8, 1Corinthians 12, Ephesians 4).
Strict denominationalism has historically polarized Reservation churches and ministries, and thus blocked mass efforts by any one church or faith tradition to create sustainable change. IGNITE sees this polemical division between Christians in clear conflict with Holy Scripture (John 17, Romans 14, Ephesians 4:11-16, etc.). By focusing on the unity of our Christian faith and openly discussing all doctrinal issues with patience, compassion, and humility, IGNITE is committed to practicing the liberty of “brotherly love” without accepting the false philosophy of religious relativism.
LOCATION: Hidden among the rolling hills east of Show Low and within an approximate six hour drive from every Native American Reservation community in Arizona and beyond, IGNITE Christian Leadership Center’s 57-acre retreat and training facility is located in a remote, yet centrally-positioned spot for serving the Southwestern Reservations.