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.

At the City Leaders pre-gathering we discussed the topic, “Developing a Vision For Your City”.  Vision is birthed in the spirit, affirmed through relationships and established through collaboration. The vision for your city is not singular, it’s collective. I believe that every leader carries a part of that vision. Any God idea is too great to be accomplished alone. You need to hear and discern the needs, see where the strength of resources are, and in partnership with likeminded leaders craft a vision, actionable next steps and long term goals. My charge to the leaders in the room was this: our cities don’t need saviors. Our cities need servants of the one true Savior.

From the Q main stage we discussed renewing our cities. I was joined by Luke Dooley of Q Commons and Duncan McFazdean, Q Commons, International Development . For renewal to take place in the city the lens with which we view the city has to change. Every Christian leaders is invited to see the city as our inheritance from God; and as our paradigms shift, we can actively seek the peace and prosperity of the city and together accelerate gospel movement.  We have to remember that the evening news cycle is not their problem. Despair presents a great opportunity for the Church to demonstrate the pervading presence and power of God to bring hope, healing and transformation to any dark circumstance. Effectively establishing God’s Kingdom on earth as it is in heaven.

Pray for us to lead courageously and to serve effectively.

By: Rev. Ebony Small, Director of Movement Day Expressions