God is at work all across the globe, and we have seen Him do some incredible things recently, specifically in Africa. We are so thankful for the way that He is using these Movement Day Expressions to unite community leaders and church leaders to participate in addressing the issues that plague each of these cities. The goal is to make the Gospel of grace, truth, mercy and justice visible and tangible; then the Kingdom of God will become more real in the life of each city.
Perth is a beautiful city. But like any other city around the world we have our issues, with pain of all kinds lurking beneath the façade of respectability. Domestic violence, drug and alcohol abuse, homelessness and brokenness of all kinds are on the increase. This is why we gathered on May 4th, 2019 for Movement Day Perth. We wanted to gather together to first fix our eyes on Jesus, and then open up a dialogue about the challenges that our city faces. We wanted to seek God and His direction. We wanted to see His vision for the city and how we can be a part of the solution. We wanted the Holy Spirit to fill us, and give us fresh revelation and wisdom.
2019’s Movement Day Dallas-Fort Worth has already begun fulfilling on its promise to unite the city and address the spiritual, social, and humanitarian challenges facing the Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) Metroplex.
Held February 29th at Dallas Baptist University, this year’s event featured a dynamic roster of speakers, including former First Lady Laura Bush, Hobby Lobby’s Mart Green (Founder & CEO, Mardel Christian & Educational Supply), Dr. Jim Denison (Founder of the Denison Forum), Wil McCall (President/Dallas Leadership Foundation), Jurie Kriel (MOVEMENT.ORG’s NXT MOVE), Grant Skeldon (Founder of Dallas’ Initiative Network), Dr. Mac Pier (Founder & CEO, MOVEMENT.ORG) and many other local, national, and international leaders.Read More
Mumbai is currently the largest growing city on the planet, with 23 million people living their lives and walking its streets daily. The city is both beautiful and gritty with people from all different walks of life inhabiting it’s skyscrapers, shorelines and shacks. The stark contrast between the different types of people that inhabit Mumbai is apparent to anyone who comes within the city limits. This is one of the reasons that The Mumbai Transformation Network (MTN) conducted the BEYOND conference (which is similar to a Movement Day expression) on February 23, 2019. This event gathered 200 pastors, non-government organization (NGO) directors and key marketplace leaders to hear the challenges of reaching our city as well as the best practices that churches are currently implementing here.
At November’s Global Marketplace Leaders’ Summit in Washington, D.C., spiritual and marketplace leaders discussed their roles in motivating their communities to fight poverty and homelessness, while fostering adoption, literacy, job creation, and spiritual health across all segments of their cities.
A major topic was the success of the inaugural Movement Day Charlotte (which achieved a synergistic balance of spiritual, non-profit and marketplace representatives) and other recent expressions. Leaders participating in the conference included Marydel Harris, Bob and Leslie Doll, (all Accelerate Campaign Co-Chairs); Dr. Nicole Martin (American Bible Society); Rob Kelly (For Charlotte); Casey Crawford (Founder of Movement Mortgage); Steve and Mart Green (Hobby Lobby), and Eric Metaxas (author, speaker and TV host).
“I am convinced we have gotten here this morning because of the ancient proverb…God is the great shepherd,” said Dr. Mac Pier, Founder & CEO of MOVEMENT.ORG, summarizing the meaning behind this meeting. “He shepherds each of our lives individually. And this meeting is an intersection of providence and purpose.”
Held in Washington, D.C., November’s 100 Cities Summit proved to be a historic gathering of urban leaders from around the globe, all of whom were seeking to collaboratively tackle the daunting issues we all face in our cities.
Facilitated by MOVEMENT.ORG, the summit aimed to catalyze leadership teams to impact the spiritual and social climate of their cities through learning communities, the sharing of best practices and the advancement of high-level, city-changing collaborative partnerships.
“The reason we are here tonight is that we’re living in an every-500-year moment and our vision over the next five years is to impact 500 cities in 500 languages,” said Dr. Mac Pier, Founder & CEO of MOVEMENT.ORG. “The most impactful way to reach people from all over the world is to unite the church to communicate the power and the beauty of the gospel together.”
The summit addressed a number of significant topics, approaching the endeavor of city transformation utilizing the following template:
- Multiplying Churches (increasing access to the gospel). A long-term goal has been to both unite existing churches, which often exist in spiritual silos, and grow the number of new churches in both cities and isolated rural areas.
- Engaging Millennial Leaders, a key initiative which also includes identifying and cultivating the leaders to tomorrow.
- Mobilizing Marketplace Leaders (vocational, kingdom-minded leaders in business, government, social services), and
- Ministering to people on the Margins (the poor, refugees, the disenfranchised), a vital issue across all continents and cultures.
While marketplace leaders are essential to achieving the summit’s goals, speakers emphasized that the goal is a global spiritual transformation. “This is a movement; this is not an organization,” said Bob Doll, Chief Equity Strategist, Nuveen Asset Management.
On November 26, 2018, Movement Day Expressions’ executive directors from all continents gathered in Washington, D.C. for team building, collaboration, learning best practices, prayer and strategic planning to accelerate the launch of city gospel movements over the next five, 10 and 20 years. Despite vast geographic and cultural distances, leaders discovered many urban commonalities, including poverty, crime, declining education and spiritual deterioration. The gathering culminated in a powerful prayer for unity, revitalization and redemption of cities around the world.
Transformative conversations focused on questions such as how can we pray and become strategically coordinate to see spiritual, cultural and social kingdom transformation? And how can we effectively lead gospel movements in our cities?
“It’s not just about leading something because I like to lead. If it ends up being just about you, it’s dead in the water,” said Dr. Craig Sider, President of Movement.org. Zack Aspegren, EVP Development for MOVEMENT.ORG, summed up the power of this meeting succinctly: “When you bring together ministry leaders, pastoral leaders, and marketplace leaders for a conversion about how they can come together in a unified manner and impact their cities for Christ, that’s really what it’s all about.”
Watch this short video to hear words of inspiration from other global leaders, including Koketso Molaolwe (Pretoria, South Africa), Joakim Magnus (Oslo, Norway), Sanjai Kandregula (Auckland, New Zealand) and Lynn Kotecki (Holland, Michigan).
February 25-26, 2019
The Park Church, Charlotte, NC
God is powerfully on the move in cities that have hosted Movement Day (MD) Expressions. Movement Day Charlotte (MDC) plans to host 1,500 leaders March 16, 2019 in the Charlotte Convention Center. Movement Day Dubai will launch that same day as the first gathering in the Middle East.
This summer I have been reading NT Wright’s biography Paul. It is a remarkable book with all of the exceptional theological and intellectual rigor that Wright is known for globally. I have been reading the book through the lens of Paul as a Movement Maker.
The story of Paul in the book of Acts is a breathtaking journal of the spread of the gospel from Jerusalem as the religious capital of the world to the Rome as the political capital of the world. Paul planted the gospel in major cities of his day – Rome, Athens, Corinth, Philippi, Ephesus and throughout the Middle East. Paul planted the first church in Europe.
In reading Wright’s biography on Paul’s conversion in Acts 9 he describes an explosion of truth that went off in Paul’s heart and mind. With the vision on the Damascus road, Paul was able to synthesize all of the themes together in the person of Jesus regarding Abraham, Moses, David, exile, and the hope of the Messiah. It was that explosion of truth that changed Paul forever.
As I’ve traveled the world these past four years to 33 cities, visiting many several times, I’ve seen a pattern in Movement Makers from very diverse backgrounds. I define a Movement Maker as anyone who multiplies their impact with the gospel into an alliance or agency to scale their impact.
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