The Ignite Logo was launched to identify Men's Ministry purpose and mission at the 2010 Men's Retreat at Zephyr Point Lake Tahoe on April 18.
Why and what is the basis for using one?
After the 2009 Men's Retreat our Men's Ministry Action Team (MMAT) wanted to plan an followup event to capture the momentum that God creates in men when they come together to worship Him and enjoy fellowship with other men.
MMAT all agreed before we introduce guys to what MM is all about and what MM has to offer, we needed to develope a identify for MM. Through the next 10 months MMAT prayerfully considered around a dozen various logos and tag lines always keeping our hearts and minds focused on the ultimate identity of all ministry, the Cross of Christ.
MMAT eventually narrowed candidate logo names to Ignite and tag line of Fanning His Flame. We then asked a graphic artist from our church to develope 3 different versions of the logo. After reviewing the versions MMAT unanimously agreed and felt God was leading us to our Ignite logo we launched at retreat as shown above.
MM Ignite logo and tag line is based on 2 Timothy 1:6-7, "For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self control." ESV
2 Timothy is Paul's last letter before he was martyred by Nero. Paul is writing to his young protege in ministry to remind him of his faith that dwells in him. The words "fan into flame" are used in most translations and in others "stir-up" or "kindle afresh" are used. In the original Greek the words mean "rekindle". Matthew Henry in his commentary tells us "the gift of God" means all gifts and graces God had given to him, the gift of the Holy Spirit and spiritual gifts. Paul is encouraging Timothy to "stir it up" or "fan into flame" his faith which is now smoldering as an ember with fire under it.
MM wants the Ignite logo to remind us that Ignite's purpose is to reach out and find men and fan into flame the ember of their faith given through Jesus Christ so that they are on fire for reaching other men through Him. During our growth as men of God, if we avoid Him, we will become isolated and our faith will grow cold unless the ember that is still there is fanned into a flame once again. As men we do that by being in community with other men for fellowship, encouragement, and in study of God's word.
Also, MM wants the Ignite logo to remind us that Ignite's mission is to grow these men into disciples of Jesus Christ so they can become disciple makers. This is based on 2 Timothy 2:1-2, "You then my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus, and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also". We do that by encouraging and equipping men to learn how to reach other men and fan their flame of faith to become leaders and men of God.
MMAT wants us to always remember that the center focus of the Ignite logo, our purpose and mission, is the Cross of Christ.
Ignite Purpose: Fanning into flame His gift of Jesus Christ in men.
Ignite Mission: To make and grow disciples of Jesus Christ to become disciple makers.