It seems as though September marks the unofficial start of church conference season. In a few weeks it will be time to head back to Catalyst, but before packing my bags for Atlanta, I am looking forward to attending Movement Day next week (September 27). Movement Day is a one day conference that was created in order to encourage collaborative efforts that enable the church to better reach cities. What began as a partnership between Redeemer City to City and the New York City Leadership Center three years ago is rapidly becoming a catalyst for city-wide movements aimed at more effectively reaching cities with the gospel.
I had the opportunity to speak with Mac Pier, President of the NYCLC, about what most excites him about Movement Day:
The vibrancy of the gospel in a city grows out relationships between the ministries of that city. Movement Day is an “eco-system conference” where there will be fourteen different conversations going on throughout the day where ministry teams can see best practices and learn about fresh ideas for impacting a city with the gospel.
This year there are many cities being represented with what we would consider to be the critical mass required to start a movement within a city… including a significant international presence.
This year’s plenary session speakers include Tim Keller, Richard Stearns, and Luis Palau with fourteen afternoon tracks that focus on topics like the power of authentic community in the urban context, developing urban leaders for church multiplication, and building alliances for Kingdom impact.
As I get ready for Movement Day, I am particularly looking forward to hearing from Tim Keller, and spending time learning how to better develop alliances that serve our cities. I have long felt that the church needs to move beyond denominational lines in order to truly impact our cities for the Kingdom (this story from Topeka is a good start). My hope is to come away with a better understanding of how it works in other cities.
Will I see YOU at Movement Day?
Full Disclosure: I have been provided with a complimentary ticket to Movement Day.