In the last 25 years, Christianity has grown 500% in Manhattan. Why?
Part of this success can be credited to the countless Christian leaders who united in prayer and initiatives across New York City. Another part can be attributed to Dr. John Stott and Dr. Billy Graham who, in 1974, founded The Lausanne Movement to connect influencers and ideas for global mission.
Ultimately, NYC has experienced a gospel movement through the efforts of many and through years of faithful prayer. Christian leaders from a myriad of churches and organizations collaborated across racial and denominational lines. They pooled resources and coordinated city-wide initiatives to address common urban issues.
In 1998, Dr. Mac Pier and Concerts of Prayer Greater New York, began to foster a spiritual renewal throughout New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Since then, this united prayer movement has become one of the most developed urban prayer and pastoral networks in the world.
Less than 10 years later, Dr. Pier founded The New York City Leadership Center (NYCLC) in 2007 to fill the current gap in non-profit leadership training and to help meet the social and spiritual needs of NYC.
National ministries such as Cru, Willow Creek Association, World Vision, Luis Palau Association and many others sought to pool resources in NYC, and coordinate initiatives to address the city’s urban issues. This unity launched a regional collaboration to sustain effective church planting. Christian business and nonprofit leaders, too, are able to engage in coaching and training opportunities through the Leadership Fellows Program, Next Level Coaching, Marketplace Initiatives and 10 regional sites of the Global Leadership Summit.
Then things came full circle in 2010: the NYCLC successfully launched Movement Day, a one-day conference that gathered influential Christian leaders from around the nation to educate, inspire, and celebrate gospel movements.
The conference was a resounding success, and since its inception the NYCLC has hosted more than 8,000 leaders. Movement Day has also been successfully replicated in Dallas, TX and Pretoria, South Africa, with gospel movements emerging in more than a dozen cities across the globe. A third adaption will premiere in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti in just a few months.
5 million people are moving into cities every month. Chances are, you are working in one of those growing urban centers, right now. Fatherlessness, poverty, low graduation rates and low employment are universal issues in all the major cities of the world. Now, it is more important than ever for leaders and churches to work together. We all have the same goal—why not accomplish it together?
This October, Movement Day is expanding to a 3-day event. Working with Lausanne’s global networks (of which Dr. Pier is a volunteer leader), Movement Day Global Cities will have a global focus. You’re invited to join us! Together, we can address our common urban issues, maximize our gospel impact, and empower today’s & tomorrow’s leaders.