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"Of the 84 teens in my confirmation class, 2 stayed through senior year.

"Since then, I've been obsessed with understanding how we can attract youth to the faith, show them the beauty of the faith, and keep them coming back for more - even after confirmation. 

"Ignite is the answer."

- Connor McLaughlin, Founder

What is Ignite?

Teen in Prayer Catholic

Teens have a longing to learn and discover the truth - but only if they think it's relevant to their life.


Our tools go all-in on small group conversation, featuring no videos and no formal “teaching.” This encourages teens to discover their approach to life with the Church as a guide - and with 84 standalone lessons, you can customize Ignite to tackle the topics your teens want to talk about!

Make it Matter.

Teen Youth Group Religious

Most of Jesus’ ministry was asking questions, and we follow his example! Instead of asking questions to check if the teens understand concepts, we use open-ended questions like “Is hell full or empty?” to kickstart conversation and jumpstart evangelization! 

Start Conversations.

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Teen in Catholic Church Reverence Tradition

The Catholic Church has an incredible history of tradition, and we use that to the fullest extent!

Each topic uses quotes from Scripture, the Catechism, and the Saints to explain exactly what the church believes in a simplified way, letting the beauty of the faith be more evident than ever!

Teach the Whole Faith.

Ignite Program Sample Page

Leader's Guide

Rollover the orange circles to dive deeper into the different aspects of Ignite's material! 

What to Ask

Our discussion questions are less about checking whether or not the teens were paying attention, and more about helping them think deeper about the topic. For example - do you think hell is full or empty?

Praying the Our Father every week gets repetitive, and coming up with prayers off the top of your head is stressful! We've written out prayers for each topic that are short, simple, and relate to the lesson! 

Prayer for the Week

Opening Question

Our opening questions give a jumping- off point for the main conversation to be had, and sets the stage of there being no wrong answers!

Small Group leaders are volunteers with a passion for ministry, but they often don't have the time to pour through pages of church teaching to understand the conversation. This section gives them the main aspects of the teaching, so they can refer back to it as needed.

What to Know

The Material

Ignite Program Sample Page

Student's Guide

Rollover the orange circles to dive deeper into the different aspects of Ignite's material! 

Scripture is the inspired word of God, but even adults don't read it as often as we should! By giving scriptural passages about the topic, we're not only giving references in a similar way as our other Christian brothers and sisters, but we're also helping the teens develop a habit of reading their bible!

What the Bible says

From the Baltimore Catechism to the Youcat to the CCC itself, the Catholic Church has provided invaluable reference resources for us to know exactly what we believe. We put this information directly into the hands of teens so they feel treated like full adults in the faith!

What the Church says

The Catholic Church is blessed with the insights and examples of thousands of holy men and women from all walks of life. By hearing their examples, we have a deeper understanding of our own call to holiness.

What the Saints say

Setting the Mindset

This section, found in both the leader's and the student's guide, gives context to the topic's application in the real world, as opposed to being an academic study within a vacuum. 

This section is found in the leader's guide and gives common ideas concerning the topics that might come up in conversation.

Contradictions and


1. What is truth?
2. Knowing the Truth?
3. Proof of God's Existence
4. Why be Catholic?
5. The Creed
6. 4 Marks of the Church
7. Did Jesus establish the Catholic Church?
8. Catholics and Christians
9. Freedom and Free Will
10. The Commandments

11. Virtues and Vices

12. What is Confirmation

13. Fruits of the Holy Spirit

14. Gifts of the Holy Spirit pt. 1

15. Gifts of the Holy Spirit pt. 2

16. Role of a Sponsor

17. Who are the Saints?

18. Scripture and Tradition

19. The Liturgy

20. The Papacy

21. Hierarchy of the Church

Adoration Monstrance Eucharist

Year 2: Why be Catholic?

1. Who am I?
2. Who is God?
3. What is Sin?
4. Grace
5. The Soul
6. What is Real Love?
7. Am I Good Enough?
8. God as Father
9. Trust in God
10. Why did Jesus Come?
11. The Resurrection

12. What is the Body of Christ?

13. Priest, Prophet, King

14. The Sacraments

15. What is Baptism?

16. What is Reconciliation?

17. What is the Eucharist?

18. God in Nature

19. Living with Faith

20. Living with Hope

21. Living with Charity

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Year 1: Who is God?


The Topics

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  • Ignite - Lifetime License

    • 84 Student Guides
    • 84 Leader Guides
    • Ongoing Support and Mentorship
  • Ignite - Digital Membership

    Every year
    • 84 Student Guides
    • 84 Leader Guides
    • Ongoing Support and Mentorship
    • Access to Online Portal
    • Core Team Training
    • Yearly Program Updates
    • Ignite Retreat Templates
    • Ignite Schedule Templates
    • Additional Perks with New Features

1. Human Dignity

2. Catholic Social Teaching pt.1

3. Catholic Social Teaching pt. 2

4. Beginning of Life Issues

5. End of Life Issues

6. What happens when we die?

7. Violence and War

8. Church and State

9. The Church and Media

10. Where the Church Went Wrong

11. Atheism

12. Faith and Science

13. Divine Revelation

14. Love and Lust

15. Sex and Sexuality

16. Chastity

17. Discernment

18. Marriage

19. The Religious Life

20. Why Share the Faith?

21. How to Talk about

the Faith

Teen praying to God

Year 4: Faith in the World 

1. The Bible

2. How to read the Bible

3. Prayer

4. Adoration

5. The Rosary

6. The Chaplet of Divine Mercy

7. Lectio Divina

8. Liturgy of the Hours

9. Heaven and Hell

10. Angels

11. Demons and the Devil

12. Miracles

13. Mary

14. Apparitions

15. The Trinity

16. Charisms

17. The Family

18. What is Friendship?

19. Loneliness

20. Why does God allow


21. Hope after Tragedy

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Year 3: The Spiritual Life

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