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.
We have participation trophies for tee-ball, preschool graduations (you know you love them), not to mention Hollywood’s 55 awards shows a year that draw millions of viewers. Well, we think, why not take time to celebrate the thing that Jesus celebrates: The local church?!
Nothing against the Grammy’s. We hope Drake brings one home this year too. But the thing is, it won’t matter in 5 years who won a Grammy. However, it will still matter in 5000 years, what Jesus does in the lives of people through His church. And Jesus is doing a lot in Ignition Church which means we have a lot to celebrate!
“It’s not what you do that matters, it’s who you are.”
Ever heard that before?
It’s a nice idea. A great pacifier to what seems to be a destructive pattern of the world: Perform at the expense of who you are. Or to use an old turn of phrase, “Sell your soul to the company store.”
But what if it’s not true? What if what you do actually does matter? What if what you do is actually a part of who you are?
It’s summertime, which means it’s graduation season at Ignition Church!
Some of you have never heard of graduation at Ignition, so let me explain: every year we have kids “graduate” from iKidz – our children’s ministry at Ignition. iKidz runs concurrently with our main worship experience on Sundays, and includes kids from 6 weeks all the way up to and through 5th grade. The summer before they enter middle school, they “graduate” from iKidz, and the Class of 2018 will graduate later this summer! It’s an exciting time when we get to celebrate them and what Jesus has done in their life.
Now, it’s at this age that traditionally the church labels them as “youth” and sticks them in the basement and gives them pizza until they smell better. But that’s not how we do it at Ignition. We believe they can and should participate in the life of the larger church body.
Sun is out. Weather is warm. That means it’s time for baptisms at Ignition Church! I hope you’ll make plans to join us this weekend as we celebrate the new thing Jesus is doing in His church! Even if you don’t know the people being baptized, I still want you to be there. Hearing their stories is always so encouraging…
It can remind you that you’re not alone in your struggles. It can lift your perspective to see that God is still alive and active today. It’s the good news of the Gospel in living color – and we all enjoy receiving some good news!
We go all out in celebrating baptisms at Ignition because it doesn’t get any bigger than this.
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?”