In 2014, we partnered in convening city leaders, senior pastors and parachurch leaders from five continents to form the Global Cities Leadership Community. Many are independent, others active in the Lausanne Movement.
“We’re working together to accelerate city movements,” says Movement Day Expressions Director, Ebony Small. “Our members are mobilizers. We’ve been journeying for the past four years in terms of achieving a broader learning community.”
This global group has held three meetings since 2014. After an initial meeting in London (2014), members came together in Pretoria, South Africa (2015) and again in London, immediately after 2017’s Movement Day United Kingdom’s. The next meeting will be in August, immediately following Movement Day Africa.
However, GCLC gets the majority of its work accomplished through remote monthly meetings conducted through the Zoom Platform, with each of roughly 20 members giving short updates, complemented by longer reports from members about key issues impacting their regions.
Small is clear about GCLC’s ambitious goals, which include expanding across Asia, Australia and into South America.
November 2018’s 100 Cities Summit will host 370 global city leaders. “We’ll provide best practices and seek an infusion of new cities launching Movement Day gatherings.”
Transforming Communities & Leaders
The visionaires leading Movement Day Expressions grow in their leadership capacity as they cast vision to key stakeholders, mobilize city resources, inspire networks and generate enthusiasm throughout the community (ministry, nonprofit, marketplace organizations), fundraise, wear the hat of event planner, and train volunteers to manage important tasks and then delegate.
Church reconciliation often begins with leadership reconciliation. “In the process of organizing an expression, they learned there has to be a paradigm shift in their community. In some regions, we had leaders in a room together, speaking for the first time in years, and the same storyline continues to emerge,” Small says.
“The expression becomes the gathering where reconciliation happens.”