Pastor Hunter Wright

Lead Pastor of Ignition Church

Pastor Hunter Wright is the Lead Pastor of Ignition Church in Knoxville, TN.

In 2007, God birthed a vision in the heart of Pastor Hunter to start a church in his hometown of Knoxville, and that God would change lives through it. Soon after, he and his wife Kristina moved to Charlotte, NC for three years to be a part of Elevation Church. While there, Pastor Hunter started and completed his seminary degree, learned from the leadership at Elevation, gathered a core team of 14 to move to Knoxville, and watched God move at one of the fastest growing churches in America.

In 2011, Pastor Steven Furtick and Elevation Church sent out the team to plant Ignition Church, and in 2012 Ignition had their first public gatherings on Sunday nights.

Today, Pastor Hunter preaches on Sundays, leads the staff of Ignition Church, and enjoys spending time with his wife Kristina, and his son, Benjamin.


His blog below includes posts about church, Jesus, making disciples, and anything else that comes to mind. His hope is to inspire and encourage people to follow Jesus, make disciples, and take the next step on their journey with God.


Preaching for Partnership

I’ve had several conversations sparked by the same question a handful of times over the past several years of our church plant.


The question is not one asked by those who are on mission with us. It’s not asked by those who are being reached through our community. It’s a question asked by Christians who remain on the fringes. Typically, I’m not interested in answering questions like this because I have no interest in convincing the already convinced or winning someone over to “my style” for the sake of attendance numbers. However, I know that many of you have friends who you want to reach because you see them stuck in religion, and this seems to be a sticking point for them.


The question goes something along the lines of, “Why don’t you teach more classroom-style so I can learn something new?” or “Why don’t you teach more practical points so I learn what to do?”

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Baptism, Jesus, and Kids

On Sunday we had the privilege of baptizing 15 people – wow! Celebrate, church!!


Among the 15 that were baptized, 2 of them were children! These baptisms deserve some notice – not because they were special or sweet or sentimental, but because they were profound.


However, when I need to spend an entire sermon unpacking what baptism is and isn’t, and then staff our lobby with baptism counselors to help people understand the step they are taking, one can’t help but ask the question: how can a child possibly be ready to take that step?

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Sit With Me September

I think almost every single person in our church desires to see our community grow. We want to see our friends and family experience the love and freedom we are experiencing, and this desire is stronger than ever – a beautiful sign of the work of God in our lives. Also, I am more and more certain that Jesus wants to see our community grow, and that He wants to touch the lives of our friends and family just like He has touched ours.


In light of this is, a tension arises: If we all want it, and Jesus wants it, then what is the key to seeing His will for His Church come to pass?

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Neutral Turf

It’s officially mid-July, and we’re fast approaching the biggest day ever for our church: Party In The Park (

And as we approach July 31st, it’s safe to say that word is getting out. Posters are up. 1000+ invites have gone out, with more behind them. People are talking, clicking, and typing about it. The press release is getting ready to be released. Anticipation is growing. Response is steadily increasing. It’s awesome! And with all this comes the question: “Why are y’all doing this?”

The answer: We love Knoxville.
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Keep It 100

If you can’t tell from the all the talk on Facebook (and other social media as well), as a church we’re pretty stoked about the upcoming event we’re hosting for our city – Party In the Park.

I mean, can you blame us?? We get to throw an epic party where thousands of people show up.

I think it’s pretty cool.

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How to Save the Date, Part 2

This blog is a continuation of the last post which can be read here.

I think something inside us resonates when we hear the promise of being ever-satisfied by the well God has placed within us. We want to experience life like this. And the good news is this is how we are designed – as wells.

God did not design us to be dependent on outside sources that never satisfy. We are designed to live from the inside-out, life flowing from our soul, where we are one with Jesus (John 14:20). And becoming a well is the hope for all our relationships.

But how?

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How To Save The Date, Part 1

Last Sunday, we kicked off our spring relationship series called Save The Date – saving marriages before they start and before they end. When marriages are failing it’s not good for anyone in the family unit or in the community, so caring for marriages is an important role for the church to play. If we are going to love our city well, we need to teach, learn, and support one another in our relationships.


We started this series by looking at Jesus’ interaction with “the woman at the well” who was notorious for her failed marriages. We saw how Jesus went out of his way, breaking all religious boundaries to show her his love and offer her life that would prevent her past from continuing to repeat itself. In His interaction with her, He revealed the core issue and cure of every broken relationship.

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Easter at Ignition Church

This weekend is Easter!


This is not only the biggest day of the year on the church calendar, but it is actually the biggest day in the history of humanity. Why is that? Because it represents the resurrection of Jesus.

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Galatians :: Bonus Track

  • Our latest series of sermons titled “Galatians: Jesus Wants To Save Christians Too” has really stirred a lot up in the hearts of our community. I think we’re discovering that a lot of us live with residual amounts of religion in our life without realizing it. Yeah, we embrace Jesus and His grace, but we still operate a little bit transactional in our relationship with God. And if Paul makes any point in Galatians, it is that any little bit of religion actively steals our freedom in Christ. Any way that we try to tame the Gospel – that nothing we could do would make God love us more or less – limits our experience with our Father…and consequently limits our growth.
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