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An Invitation to Courage: Lessons from Southeast Asia

July 26, 2019

I was privileged to travel to Jakarta, Singapore, and Manila in late June 2019. The impetus for the trip was to participate in the Lausanne Global Workplace Forum in Manila. It was the first time in 75 years that Lausanne had hosted a gathering focused on workplace leaders.

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Movement Day Africa: Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town

June 17, 2019

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.

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Movement Day Perth

June 17, 2019

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.

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Movement Day 2019 Dallas-Fort Worth Recap

April 22, 2019

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. (more…)

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BEYOND Conference Recap

April 22, 2019

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.

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Marketplace Leaders Gathering

March 20, 2019

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.”

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Closing Ceremony – 100 cities

March 20, 2019

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.

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Movement Day Expressions Executive Gathering Meeting

March 20, 2019

 

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).

 

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MDE Leaders Gathering

February 15, 2019

February 25-26, 2019

The Park Church, Charlotte, NC

This meeting is targeting U.S. leaders who are leading Movement Day Expressions or desire to launch one. City leadership teams are welcome to join us.

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Regional Cities Leading the Way for Movement Day United Kingdom

December 14, 2018

“Church, Commercial, Civic, and Community; each of these strategic leadership quarters contribute to influencing people and places.” Ian Mayer (Director of Movement Day Doncaster)

More than just an event, Movement Day UK is a year-round, long-term initiative to create social, cultural and spiritual transformation across the UK through citywide unity. Two stories from 2018 gatherings show the power of the Gospel to bring communities together.

Doncaster United

Building on two decades of Christian unity and the work of two groups—One Heart One Voice and Mission Doncaster, on June 20, 2018, leaders of the city, community groups and churches gathered at Cast Theatre Complex in Doncaster to ask the question:

“What’s next for our borough?”

Movement Day Doncaster featured day and evening sessions uniting leaders and stakeholders from charities, the local council, the chamber of commerce, churches of different denominations and community groups to really delve into a new understanding of the state of their borough and begin to see a way forward to develop vision together for Doncaster.

“We honor the dedicated work of many leaders across Doncaster over 20 years,” says Roger Sutton, Director of Movement Day UK and Global Hub Leader for UK/Southern Europe, “They have helped create a wonderful culture of loving unity. This unity has and is producing fruit across the city with the Church becoming more strategic and coordinated than ever before.”

Sutton believes MD Doncaster is setting a template for other UK cities to follow. “This is the first of many cities around the country who will be taking their unity on to another level.”

Bristol Building Community

A powerful coming together of businesses, the public sector, charities, and churches,

“Building Bristol as a City of Hope – Working together to transform the city for good” was held May 5, 2018 in the town’s city hall. This important  gathering included panel discussions and presentations establishing some of the biggest needs of the city, with four key themes emerging:

  1. Connection – the discussions highlighted a need for increased connectivity and closer relationships between and across all sectors. These relationships should be based on a shared cultural values system.
  2. Access to information – The talks earlier in the event emphasized the importance for us all to know what the needs are and what’s already available. Are there untapped resources that could be utilized to meet the needs of Bristol?
  3. Action – There was a sense that not only should we talk about what could be done but we must act too.
  4. Diversity – There was a sense that the ‘City of Hope’ movement should be making use of the knowledge and skills of a diverse audience, raising equality and access for all.

Both of these successful gatherings epitomize Movement Day UK’s goals to unite the church, charity, business and public sectors in our communities, breaking through isolation to address significant issues and create unity.

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