What is Ignite Texas?
Ignite Texas is a four-day retreat that connects incoming UT and ACC freshmen and transfer students to Christian community at The University of Texas and throughout Austin. With band and speaker sessions, small group time, and fun camp traditions, the retreat provides students with friends and community before arriving to campus, and gives them the tools they need to seek spiritual growth during their time at UT. Ignite strives to serve freshmen in the transition to college with support and encouragement in this challenging stage of their lives.
Our purpose is to glorify the Lord by serving incoming students and showing them their first glimpse of the body of Christ at The University of Texas. At the retreat, we have a Ministry and Church Fair that introduces campers to many churches and Christian organizations in Austin, allowing them to see God’s influence both on campus and in the city.
Founded in September 2002, Ignite was created as a model of the mission statement for a retreat called "Impact" at Texas A&M University. Every August since the founding of Ignite, the staff has served by reaching out to incoming students through the unity of the body of Christ. The name "Ignite" represents the organization’s purpose: to ignite the hearts of freshmen to seek God during their college career. [Philippians 1:9-11, 1 Corinthians 12:12, 1 Timothy 4:7-8]
Statement of Faith
We believe that there is one God eternally existing in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. (Ephesians 4:4-6, 1 John 5:6)
— Ephesians 4:4-6, 1 John 5:6
We believe that the Bible is God's written revelation to man and that it is inspired, authoritative, and without error in the original manuscripts. (2 Timothy 3:16-17, Isaiah 40:8)
— 2 Timothy 3:16-17, Isaiah 40:8
We believe in the deity of Jesus Christ, His virgin birth, sinless life, and miracles. His death on the cross and bodily resurrection provide our only path to redemption. His ascension into heaven allows for His present ministry of intercession for us, and He will return to earth in power and glory. (2 Corinthians 5:21, Philippians 2:5-11)
— 2 Corinthians 5:21, Philippians 2:5-11
We believe in the person and deity of the Holy Spirit, that He performs the miracle of new birth in an unbeliever, indwells believers, and enables them to live a godly life. (1 Corinthians 12:13, 1 Corinthians 2:10-13)
— 1 Corinthians 12:13, 1 Corinthians 2:10-13
We believe that man was created in the image of God but was alienated from God because of sin. Man can only be reconciled to God by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, apart from works. (Ephesians 2:1-10)
— Ephesians 2:1-10