More than 1,400 ministry and marketplace leaders from 300 cities joined together at the Hilton New York Hotel, NYC, on September 27 to participate in the 3rd annual Movement Day. Attendees came from 362 U.S. cities, 39 U.S. states and 8 nations; 113 Christian ministries and 165 churches. Almost 60 other types of organizations were represented including: marketplace firms, nonprofits, rescue missions, seminaries/colleges and foundations. These leaders came seeking to collaborate on urban ministry and leadership development, to hear from the best Christian thinkers, to study the best models of urban Gospel Movements, and to find new ways to reach and renew metropolitan communities.
“I am extraordinarily grateful for the leaders who gathered this year for Movement Day,” expressed our president Dr. Mac Pier. “The conference grew 40% in attendance from 2011. This represents an accelerating passion to impact cities where the majority of people now live. We expect broad-scale collaborative efforts to emerge in dozens of cities here and across the globe in the weeks and months ahead.”
As we have been highlighting these past months, the speakers included Dr. Tim Keller, senior pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City; Dr. Ajith Fernando, former national director for Youth for Christ in Sri Lanka; Bob Doll, Senior Advisor for BlackRock in New York City; Dr. Luis Palau, founder of the Luis Palau Association in Portland, Oregon; and Richard Stearns, president of World Vision in Seattle, Washington.
In his plenary session, Tim Keller said something that gets at the heart of Movement Day: “It is vital for us as Christians to collaborate with one another. We must do it because theologically it’s the right thing to do, and because no one person and no single church has all of the gifts. In order to do the ministry that Christ calls us to do in the world, we need each other.”
Exactly. Well said, Dr. Keller.
Ajith Fernando spoke about another pillar of Movement Day, a heart for the city. “One of the greatest challenges of today’s mission field is the city. Work in the city is fraught with discouragement and a need for wisdom. When people who are having similar experiences get together and share ideas, it can charge their batteries, give them strength and create solidarity. It also provides practical tips that will help them stay strong and finish the work. This is why I am so excited about what Movement Day is doing.”
As we continue to hear stories and examples of how Movement Day has sparked Gospel movements in cities around the world we will be sure to share them with you. God is on the move in our cities and we want to share the good news.
Movement Day is catalyzing leadership teams from America’s largest cities to serve their cities more effectively by advancing high-level, city-changing collaborative partnerships. Many thanks to Redeemer City to City, American Bible Society and Cru for hosting and designing the overall congress, along with all of our organizational partners. Movement Day 2013 will be held on Thursday, October 10th. Register now at www.MovementDay.com/2013