On Tuesday June 20th we received two important announcements. One announcement came from Africa with a roster of 35 emerging cities being invited to participate in Movement Day Africa in 2018 in Nairobi. The expectation is that contextualized expressions of Movement Day across the African continent will take place in coming years.
I travelled to Athens the week of May 29, 2016 with my wife Marya. NYC pastor and evangelist Tom Mahairas hosted us. The inception of the trip took place after Greek Church leaders attended Movement Day Global Cities in October 2016.
In late May, I was invited to meet with Edward Pawlowski and key stakeholders in Wroclaw, Poland. Edward, who attended Movement Day Global Cities, has been instrumental in convening city leaders from his region, sharing his heart and passion for gospel movement.
I recently completed a 28 day, ten city tour. I travelled to Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Sydney, Melbourne, Dubai, Durban, Pretoria, Richmond/Williamsburg, and Holland/Grand Rapids. I was eager to encourage the great momentum toward Movement Day in each unique region of the world.
The time to act is now was the overriding message from a Movement Day Global Cities panel led by Jim Burgess, Lead pastor of Fellowship Dubai, and featuring profound front-line insights from Leslie Doll, from the Half Time Institute and Resource Partner/Strategic Resource Group, and Sona Kazanjian, Syrian-born Director of Dubai Ministries/Fellowship of the Emirates.
This past April I had the opportunity to share with 1,800 city leaders at Q 2017. Q was birthed out of Gabe Lyons’ vision to see Christians, especially leaders, recover a vision for their historic responsibility to renew and restore cultures.
What made you want to get involved with Movement Day?
As soon as we were introduced to the Movement Day team, we felt an immediate synergy.
The focus on leadership within a place, really connected with the Doncaster story and
strategy for transformation, which is based around the leadership.
2016’s Lausanne Younger Leaders Gathering held in Jakarta, Indonesia was the third gathering of its kind, with previous meetings held in 1987 (Singapore) and 2006 (Malaysia). All of these events connected emerging evangelicals for global mission, with Jakarta’s event hosting more than 1,000 younger leaders and mentors from over 40 countries coming together to connect, pray, and discern together God’s leading of their generation for global mission.
Quoting from Acts 11 (verses 19 to 24), Letitia Shelton emphasizes the importance of scattering God’s word to the four corners of the globe and then recounts her path from insular Christian to proactive leader committed to spreading the gospel throughout her city and beyond.
Balancing humor, insight, energy and an encyclopedic knowledge of scripture, at Movement Day Global Cities, Dr. Tony Evans, senior pastor to the Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas, shared his vision of a collaborative, proactive urban Christianity.
“You and I are critical to keep our cities on the map,” he told the crowd, sharing a real-life parable that applies to America today.