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#FRIDAYREADS: “A HEART FOR THE CITY: EFFECTIVE MINISTRIES TO THE URBAN COMMUNITY” BY JOHN FUDER

June 8, 2016
Dr. John Fuder is the founder and director of Heart for the City, a ministry that exists to guide churches and organizations toward postures and practices of Biblically-centered justice and compassion. Fuder gained a passion to teach and train others to engage in their city after working in ministry training students in Urban Studies at Moody Theological Seminary. He now works to equip the Body of Christ to engage in their communities. One of the ways he does this is through PrayChicago, a citywide initiative which is taking place on June 18th 2016.

 

Fuder’s book, Heart for the City: Effective Ministries to the Urban Community, gives valuable information to those who are currently ministering in the city, and those who want to understand how to more effectively help in the city. John compiled the book and various case studies with the help of other writers which include pastors, Christian school administrators, and directors of homeless ministries. Each chapter focuses on a specific part of doing ministry within such an influential place. A Heart for the City is an encouragement for all those serving in the inner city.

 

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#FRIDAYREADS: "A HEART FOR THE CITY: EFFECTIVE MINISTRIES TO THE URBAN COMMUNITY" BY JOHN FUDER

June 8, 2016
Dr. John Fuder is the founder and director of Heart for the City, a ministry that exists to guide churches and organizations toward postures and practices of Biblically-centered justice and compassion. Fuder gained a passion to teach and train others to engage in their city after working in ministry training students in Urban Studies at Moody Theological Seminary. He now works to equip the Body of Christ to engage in their communities. One of the ways he does this is through PrayChicago, a citywide initiative which is taking place on June 18th 2016.

 

Fuder’s book, Heart for the City: Effective Ministries to the Urban Community, gives valuable information to those who are currently ministering in the city, and those who want to understand how to more effectively help in the city. John compiled the book and various case studies with the help of other writers which include pastors, Christian school administrators, and directors of homeless ministries. Each chapter focuses on a specific part of doing ministry within such an influential place. A Heart for the City is an encouragement for all those serving in the inner city.

 

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#FridayReads: “Uprising: A Revolution of the Soul” by Erwin McManus

May 24, 2016

Erwin Raphael McManus is an artist, entrepreneur, author and founder of MOSAIC, a church in Los Angeles California. Known for their innovation, creativity and artistry, MOSAIC has been named one of the most influential and innovative churches in America. McManus has a BA in psychology from UNC Chapel Hill, a Masters of Divinity from Southwestern Theological Seminary and a Doctorate of Humane Letters from Southeastern University. He is also wildly passionate about creativity and argues that creativity is both uniquely human and the essence of human uniqueness. He believes it is a natural expression of our spirituality and is known for his integration of creativity and spirituality.

In his book Uprising: A Revolution of the Soul, McManus boldly invites you to join a revolution of the soul that will change an ordinary life into an extraordinary one. Can you imagine the things you could do, the impact you could have on the world, if you tapped into the dreams God has for your life? Journey with Erwin to find your true purpose and destiny in the pursuit of the passion and character of God, and be a part of a revolution that changes a life of imitation and mediocrity into one of passion and character… a radical revolt that will forever change the world.

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#FridayReads: "Uprising: A Revolution of the Soul" by Erwin McManus

May 24, 2016

Erwin Raphael McManus is an artist, entrepreneur, author and founder of MOSAIC, a church in Los Angeles California. Known for their innovation, creativity and artistry, MOSAIC has been named one of the most influential and innovative churches in America. McManus has a BA in psychology from UNC Chapel Hill, a Masters of Divinity from Southwestern Theological Seminary and a Doctorate of Humane Letters from Southeastern University. He is also wildly passionate about creativity and argues that creativity is both uniquely human and the essence of human uniqueness. He believes it is a natural expression of our spirituality and is known for his integration of creativity and spirituality.

In his book Uprising: A Revolution of the Soul, McManus boldly invites you to join a revolution of the soul that will change an ordinary life into an extraordinary one. Can you imagine the things you could do, the impact you could have on the world, if you tapped into the dreams God has for your life? Journey with Erwin to find your true purpose and destiny in the pursuit of the passion and character of God, and be a part of a revolution that changes a life of imitation and mediocrity into one of passion and character… a radical revolt that will forever change the world.

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Pray Chicago: Saturday Sidewalk Services

May 24, 2016

“…out of our seats and into the streets!”

Rev. Phil Miglioratti of Mission America Coalition and LOVE2020, John Fuder of Pray Chicago, and Ken Oliver of Chicago Bible Society are joining together to bring members from Chicago’s 77 neighborhoods together in prayer. Pray Chicago was developed in response to national leadership initiatives such as Movement Day, the Mission America Coalition, the Lausanne Movement, and teachings by leaders such as Dr. Mac Pier and Dr. Timothy Keller. This event invites leaders and community members to “gather…with one heart and one voice to call upon God to bring healing and hope” to the city of Chicago. Notes Rev. Phil, “This simple action of love is part of a national invitation for citywide “prayer-care-share movements” to make radical expressions of God’s love in the places, and among the people, most needed.”

Chicago is a city often featured on the news for its violence, gang activity, and rough neighborhoods. According to The Washington Post, 141 people have already been killed due to violence in the first quarter of 2016. Despite these disheartening statistics, Pray Chicago organizers want the city to come together in hope. They are inviting the Body of Christ in each of Chicago’s neighborhoods to “get out of their seats and into the streets” with prayer for hope against violence and healing for those hurting.”

At noon on June 18th, a series of Shalom in the Streets services hosted by numerous neighborhood churches, will bring together members of the local Christian community to pray for peace. A special service with a particular focus placed upon youth in Chicago also will take place at 11:00 a.m. prior to Shalom in the Streets. Stories will be shared, scripture read, and songs sung in faith as those gathered pray for the gospel’s movement over the city of Chicago. In particular, prayers will center upon asking “for the restoration of the Christian family unit, for a spirit of peace in the neighborhoods, in the hearts and minds of would be perpetrators, and an end to homicides, especially those involving youth.”

Reflects Rev. Phil, “Prayer is powerful and transformative. When we pray, we allow God to transform us. When we bring prayer to our community, God brings forth the power to transform the community. Prayer changes our focus — from our problems, to our God.” He and the organizational team are looking forward to seeing the transformational impact such an event can have on their community. He notes, “The Lord is using Pray Chicago as a catalyst for prayer and for collaboration. The leadership is comprised of humble but influential persons. They are connecting other prayer-driven initiatives both in the city and across the suburban communities.”

Will you join us as we pray alongside partners and city leaders in Chicago as they ask God for gospel movement within their city?

Are you in the Chicago area? Visit Rev. Phil Miglioratti’s blog, the Pray Chicago website or send an e-mail to phil@nppn.org to get involved.

 

 

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Movement Day Haiti

May 17, 2016

On May 12th, 2016 Movement Day Haiti (MDH) had its first gathering. With over 250 leaders discussing how to access clean water, ways to address fatherlessness and reaching the youth with the gospel as well as how to obtain justice and feed the hungry, this was truly an historic event. Every attendee was passionate about preaching the gospel and seeing the growth and impact of Christianity within Haiti. Attendee Henry Fuhrman, Executive Pastor of Ministries at Center Point Church, said “Haiti is a country with great need, and for the American church – a place of great opportunity. Movement Day Haiti showed me that I’m not alone in believing there is hope for Haiti and that, in Haiti the best is yet to come.”

The event was held at the Montana Hotel, which was one of the thousands of structures that collapsed in the earthquake of January 12th, 2010. Founder and CEO of The New York City Leadership Center (NYCLC), Dr. Mac Pier says, “Movement Day Haiti represents a kind of rebirth for the Body of Christ, even as the Montana has been re-birthed as a leading Port-Au-Prince conference center.” With Haiti recognized as the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, this made Port-Au-Prince an extraordinary context for Movement Day.

The NYCLC partnered with World Vision in an ever deepening relationship in Haiti and potentially in many of the most challenged cities in the world. World Vision has 70,000 sponsored children in Haiti and is the largest Christian organization in the country.  Don Golden, U.S. church relations director for World Vision, has a personal conviction that Haiti is the American church’s “Lazarus on our doorstep.”  MDH is a response to these enormous challenges. Golden says of the event, “Movement Day Haiti marks a significant moment in the life of the church in Haiti… and for the Church in the U.S.! As the only “fragile state” in the Western hemisphere, Haiti deserves the special attention of the Church, as God cares especially for the poor. For World Vision, MDH opened a new and promising opportunity to see the kind of hope and healing the Church can offer when it unifies around Christ’s love for those most in need.”

Movement Day Haiti was unlike any other event that Haitian leaders themselves had ever seen. Leaders were amazed that they had the opportunity to interact around ideas to shape their country. There is a very robust commitment to follow-up on the discussions, create ten year goals, and one year plans. Many of these Haitian leaders are aiming to bring a team of one hundred leaders to Movement Day Global Cities this October. Will you join us as we continue to pray for the country of Haiti?

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#FridayReads: “The Circle Maker” By Mark Batterson

May 11, 2016

Mark Batterson went to the University of Chicago on a basketball scholarship before being called into full time ministry. From there he attended Central Bible College and went on to obtain a Doctor of Ministry from Regent University. Today he is the Lead Pastor of National Community Church which has grown from 19 people to seven locations in just 20 years. He has also authored a dozen books including the New York Times Bestseller, The Circle Maker.

In his book The Circle Maker, Mark declares that “drawing prayer circles around our dreams isn’t just a mechanism whereby we accomplish great things for God. It’s a mechanism whereby God accomplishes great things in us.” Do you desire more out of your prayer life? Do you believe that God has a grand purpose and vision for you? Mark looks at the life of Honi the Circle Maker – a man bold enough to draw a circle in the sand and not budge from inside it until God answered his prayers for his people. What dream has God given you that requires you to draw a circle around? Sharing inspiring stories from his own experiences as a circle maker, Mark Batterson will help you uncover your heart’s deepest desires and God-given dreams, and unleash them through the kind of audacious prayer that God delights to answer.

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#FridayReads: "The Circle Maker" By Mark Batterson

May 11, 2016

Mark Batterson went to the University of Chicago on a basketball scholarship before being called into full time ministry. From there he attended Central Bible College and went on to obtain a Doctor of Ministry from Regent University. Today he is the Lead Pastor of National Community Church which has grown from 19 people to seven locations in just 20 years. He has also authored a dozen books including the New York Times Bestseller, The Circle Maker.

In his book The Circle Maker, Mark declares that “drawing prayer circles around our dreams isn’t just a mechanism whereby we accomplish great things for God. It’s a mechanism whereby God accomplishes great things in us.” Do you desire more out of your prayer life? Do you believe that God has a grand purpose and vision for you? Mark looks at the life of Honi the Circle Maker – a man bold enough to draw a circle in the sand and not budge from inside it until God answered his prayers for his people. What dream has God given you that requires you to draw a circle around? Sharing inspiring stories from his own experiences as a circle maker, Mark Batterson will help you uncover your heart’s deepest desires and God-given dreams, and unleash them through the kind of audacious prayer that God delights to answer.

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City Changers Movement Day South Africa

May 3, 2016
In April 2015, the city of Pretoria was host to South Africa’s first City Changers Movement Day. In a powerful demonstration of unity, approximately 300 leaders and delegates from across the city and country came together to deliberate on city transformation initiatives and dream together about what a city would look like where the transformational power of Jesus Christ has had its way. This is, to date, the largest expression of Movement Day to take place outside of the United States.

 

In the words of Doxa Deo Oos campus pastor Jurie Kriel, “Movement Day served as a catalyst for the churches across the city of Pretoria to realize that we are better together and set us up for the next season of movement initiatives in the city. We are better together as we gather in unity to give expression to the fact that from Christ’s perspective we are truly ONE church.”

 

The legacy of South Africa’s City Changers Movement Day has resulted in the establishment of the ONE Tshwane Sermon Series initiative. In a desire to see continued unity and collaboration between churches and city leaders in the Pretoria region, pastors across the city have committed to preaching on the same themes for the month of May. Pastor Jurie Kriel reflects, “Imagine the impact if, as a practical expression of the spiritual truth, the church in Tshwane focused on the same message every Sunday for a month. We would love to encourage every church in the city to join us as we practically display the spiritual unity that we have in the city. ONE God, ONE church and ONE city that God has called us to.” Pastor Kriel has also invited the broader Movement Day Global Cities (MDGC) community to cover the city of Pretoria in prayer. He asks, “Would you join us as we trust God to reach those far from Him, bring churches closer together and see the power of the gospel at work practically, transforming our city as His Kingdom comes in every home, workplace and city street?”

 

South Africa’s City Changers Movement Day 2015 has also served as a catalyst for continued collaboration within the greater MDGC community. Just last month, founder and CEO of The New York City Leadership Center, Dr. Mac Pier travelled to Pretoria to speak with pastors and ministry leaders at a Doxa Deo Oos campus event for city leaders. Pastor Jurie Kriel continues to champion the MDGC 2016 vision by working with Pretoria and Durban leaders to build a team of 200 South Africans to come to MDGC. He notes, “Together with other cities in South Africa and throughout Africa, we are excited about this October and are grateful for the interest shown in participating in Movement Day Global Cities.”

 

We look forward to having leaders from across the African continent join us this fall for a meaningful time of collaboration as we consider together how we can change our cities through gospel movement and impact today’s urban issues. Would you join us in lifting our South African MDGC partners in prayer as they come together for the month of May in the spirit of “ONE God, ONE church and ONE city”?

 

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MDGC Speaker Profile: Ebony Small

May 3, 2016

Each year, Movement Day features speakers who come to educate, inspire, challenge, and encourage city leaders. Learn more about the world-renowned speakers, topic experts and practitioners scheduled to share about global issues and key urban population groups at Movement Day Global Cities 2016.

Earlier this month Ebony Small, Director of Movement Day, spoke to a unique gathering of over 100 city leaders (Q Conference Denver’s pre-City Leaders gathering) about the importance of unity and collaborative partnership amongst Christians, while addressing urban issues such as human trafficking, poverty, fatherlessness, low graduation rates, and low employment.

Q:  You are passionate about unity as a means of changing the trajectory of today’s urban issues. Can you share more about the impact you see partnership having on changing the face of our cities?

The needs of cities are too great for any one leader or church to address. We exhibit a collective strength when we build partnerships to serve the city. We all have a unique vision, but the collective vision we build together I believe presents a beautiful cosmos of God’s love for the city and leaves a lasting legacy. When we work together in unity God promises to bless us.

Q:  You speak often of changing the conversation about how best we can serve our cities and rise to the need for leadership within an urban context. How would you encourage today’s Christian leaders to demonstrate that there is a very relevant role for Christian leaders in society?

I would encourage city leaders to be authentic, relevant, contextual and collaborative in how they lead. Authentic in demonstrating their compassion for people and caring deeply about how urban issues are impacting their families and neighborhoods. Relevant in learning the needs of your city/region and be willing to shift your leadership towards how God is calling you to address those needs. Contextual in leading others to further develop their thinking around urban issues, even the polarizing ones, and leading others into the same knowledge with a profound sense of grace and mercy. Collaborative in that we need to be intentional about serving other leaders and building partnership with them. I believe that in doing so people will see our good works and glorify our Father in heaven.

Q:  You advise the leadership of other cities as they work to host an expression of Movement Day in their region. Can you share what you have been encouraged by in this process?

I am deeply encouraged by the rapid pace in which city leadership teams in Dallas (Texas), Pretoria (South Africa), Port-Au-Prince (Haiti), London (United Kingdom), Phoenix (Arizona) and so many others are responding to the call of greater unity and collaboration in service of our cities. It is truly phenomenal to witness and the greatest testimony to the mission we labor in daily.

Q:  What are you most looking forward to for Movement Day Global Cities 2016?

I look forward to meeting city leaders from around the world. I look forward to celebrating with them all that God is doing in their region. I expect for my faith to be strengthened and my leadership to be changed. I look forward to hearing confirmation of the next steps we should take in shaping Movement Day’s future.

Q:  What do you hope to share with leaders at Movement Day Global Cities (MDGC) this fall?

I want to remind my colleagues of this Scripture found in Romans 8:19, “For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed”. This scripture not only speaks of an eternal expectation but I believe also of a very present one. Although many may say they feel that the church is not relevant, I believe wholeheartedly that when we lead and serve well the city is encouraged that there is still hope that all things are working together for the good!

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