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Empowered21 Announces My Healthy Church as Partner for Jerusalem 2015 Global Congress

JerusalemImage-140pxThe Empowered21 Global Congress is quickly approaching and leaders for the relational network are excited to announce My Healthy Church as a partner for Jerusalem 2015, which will be held in Jerusalem May 20-25, 2015. My Healthy Church is a trusted source of Spirit-empowered ministry tools that disciples and equips churches worldwide.

“My Healthy Church provides high-quality, Spirit-empowered resources designed to enrich the lives of Believers on a global scale,” said Empowered21 President and Global Co-Chair William M. Wilson. “We are thankful for their support and believe they will be a valuable partner for Empowered21 as we seek to impart the power and presence of the Holy Spirit to the next generation through this event.”

“The partnership with My Healthy Church broadens the reach of the Jerusalem 2015 Global Congress to new networks, including some of the world’s largest Pentecostal movements,” said Empowered21 Global Co-Chair and General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God George O. Wood. “We look forward to Jerusalem with anticipation to see how God will move during this monumental gathering of Believers.”

“We believe the world is on the cusp of an unparalleled spiritual awakening,” said My Healthy Church President Sol Arledge, Jr. “My Healthy Church is excited to partner with Empowered 21 to unite believers from all over the world in Jerusalem in interceding for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit.”

The My Healthy Church distributor—also known as Mi Iglesia Saludable—has the depth and breadth of distinctive resources needed to equip churches for complete, robust ministry by rigorously reviewing and selecting the choicest, most relevant and effective materials from an impressive array of quality providers.

Founded upon the fivefold purpose of the New Testament church, community, compassion, discipleship, evangelism and worship, My Healthy Church’s wide-ranging selection spans all ages and addresses a multitude of church, family and individual needs.

The Empowered21 Global Congress, May 20-25, 2015, is a call to all believers from around the world to celebrate Pentecost in the land of Pentecost. The event is expected to bring thousands of Christians to the region for a time of teaching, praise and prayer. Main sessions will be held in the new Jerusalem Payis Arena.

For more information about My Healthy Church, visit www.myhealthychurch.com.

For more information, or to register for the Jerusalem 2015 Global Congress, visit www.jerusalem2015.com.

About My Healthy Church
My Healthy Church comes from a publishing legacy that spans one hundred years. From their humble storefront printer beginnings to today’s global church supplier, My Healthy Church has earned a respected reputation as a provider of powerful, substantive resources to the broader evangelical Christian market. The wide-ranging selection of believer resources spans all ages and church needs. Whether the need is for curriculum, personal or spiritual growth, leadership or education resources, My Healthy Church meets them all. For more information about My Healthy Church, visit www.myhealthychurch.com.

About Empowered21
Empowered21 aims to help shape the future of the global Spirit-empowered movement throughout the world by focusing on crucial issues facing the movement and connecting generations for intergenerational blessing and impartation. Their vision is that every person on Earth would have an authentic encounter with Jesus Christ through the power and presence of the Holy Spirit by Pentecost 2033. Get more information at www.empowered21.com. Registration is open for the Empowered21 Global Congress to be held May 20-25, 2015 in Jerusalem. Empowered21’s Global Congress Partner includes Charisma Media and their Modern English Version (MEV) Bible. For more information about the MEV Bible, visit http://modernenglishversion.com. Empowered21 is a Kingdom initiative served by Oral Roberts University, www.oru.edu.

City Transformation through Christian Communities Working Together

On January 22, 2015 over 2500 area leaders will gather for the second annual Movement Day Greater Dallas (MDGD), representing a diverse cultural and ethnic constituency of Christian leaders from business, education, healthcare, nonprofits, government, and the church. This year’s event includes a new evening plenary session with Matt Chandler in order to provide more leaders an opportunity to take part in the movement. Early bird registration is open and offering special group discounts.

Speakers for MDGD include Matt Chandler, lead pastor of teaching at The Village Church, Chip Ingram, CEO and teaching pastor of Living on the Edge, Dr. Jeff Warren, senior pastor of Park Cities Baptist Church, Pastor Bryan Carter of Concord Church, Dr. Jim Denison, founder of Denison Forum on Truth and Culture, Dr. Mac Pier, founder of Movement Day and The New York City Leadership Center and emcee Froswa Booker-Drew, the national community engagement director for World Vision.

Beyond the vision and inspiration of the morning plenary session, participants also attend one of eleven afternoon design tracks covering a range of issues impacting Greater Dallas such as education, hunger, human trafficking, prison re-entry, immigrant and orphan care, marketplace impact, leadership and financial stability. During these sessions, long range plans to address these critical issues are developed by sharing best practices and collaboration among those in attendance. During the rest of the year, local staff and design leaders work to maintain and accelerate the momentum arising from the day’s activities and to implement the strategies that were designed in the afternoon sessions.

Executive Director Jon Edmonds leads the initiative and says, “Movement Day Greater Dallas is not an ‘event’. It is a movement that encourages, equips and mobilizes Christian leaders throughout the city. It will transform not only Dallas, but cities around the globe with the gospel of Jesus Christ.”

The first Movement Day Greater Dallas was held on January 23, 2014 with 1400 leaders in attendance and represented the first successful replication of Movement Day in New York City, an annual convocation that has been linked to a 300% increase in the Christian population of Manhattan. From 2010-2014, nearly five thousand leaders from 360 cities and five continents have gathered in unity to learn best practices in urban ministry and cast a fresh vision for their own cities.

When more than 50 Christian leaders from Dallas attended Movement Day in 2012, seeds were planted for bringing Movement Day to Greater Dallas. Since that time, the prayers and hard work of countless individuals has resulted in those seeds coming to fruition, and a model for expansion now stands for other cities to follow. Movement Day is positioned to have impact not only for New York City and Greater Dallas but other urban centers around the world.

Cities throughout the world face tremendous social and spiritual challenges and the problems can seem insurmountable at times. But each grim statistic also offers an opportunity to transform individuals and communities with the love of Jesus Christ – “a city transformation through Christian communities working together” that Movement Day Greater Dallas intends to achieve.

Movement Day Greater Dallas

Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center

8:30 AM – 9:00 PM

January 22, 2015

dallas_nFor more information, a complete list of afternoon sessions, and to register for MDGD, visit www.movementdaygreaterdallas.com

Best-selling Author Bill Myers Newest Project

Los Angeles – Amaris Media Int. is producing a Christian horror film based upon Bill Myers’ “Forbidden Doors” book series, which won a C.S. Lewis Honor Award. Why Christian horror? Company vice president, Peggy Medberry said, “With the rise of so many supernatural books and films, we felt it was time to enter the arena and set the record straight regarding the real power of God.”

The movie deals with two teens who return to California from the Amazon mission field only to discover their classmates, in fact the entire town, is caught up in occult activity. Armed with only their understanding of Scripture, and learning as they go, the brother and sister battle against the forces of darkness to eventually set the captives free.

Instead of the more conventional source of finding financers, the company has chosen to use Kickstarter, a crowd funding approach where people can help by donating as little as five dollars. When asked why, Myers, a veteran of several successful Christian productions including Focus on the Family’s video series, “McGee and Me” said, “We felt God would be more glorified if the whole body of believers worked together to make this happen. Kind of a family thing.” The Kickstarter campaign which can be found here  http://kck.st/1rdb4UI will run until November 16. If the goal of $400,000 is not reached by that date, all money will be returned to the participating donors.amaris

For more information on Bill Myers visit www.BillMyers.com

Kick Starter http://kck.st/1rdb4UI

 

 

Cities Need Faith

On October 23, 2014, over 1500 Christian leaders from 250 cities and 8 countries convened at the Marriott Marquis Time Square for Movement Day, the annual one-day event hosted by The New York City Leadership Center. This year’s event represented a significant milestone in that it was held for the fifth consecutive year and not only continued its practice of catalyzing leaders and fostering collaboration and unity, but it also celebrated several initiatives that have been birthed or accelerated as a result of the annual event.

The day concluded with a press conference where 8 key leaders reflected on the progress and future of the movement under the moderation of Craig Sider, president of The NYCLC. The clear message was that cities need faith more than ever before.

“Every month, 5 million people are moving into cities around the world. The significance and influence of these urban centers has never been greater. If we are going to keep up with the growth and positively affect our cities with the gospel, it is imperative that we work together in the most effective way possible,” comments Mac Pier, founder and CEO of The NYCLC and Movement Day.

Tim Keller, senior pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church and a key partner of Movement Day, discussed how the density and diversity of today’s cities has resulted in a healthy competition requiring leaders to dig deeper and to be more creative in their approach. Movement Day provides a way for participants to do more than talk. It challenges them to move beyond their differences, work together and foster the creativity alluded to by Keller.

Bob Doll, chief equity strategist and senior portfolio manager at Nuveen Asset Management emphasized the importance of the marketplace in meeting the challenges of the urban environment by stating, “Most people don’t go to church, so they will need to find Christ somewhere else. The workplace is a great place for that to occur, but we have to earn the right to be heard. We do that by being good at what we do.”

One of the many encouraging things to come out of Movement Day has been Movement Day Greater Dallas and the emerging group of millennial leaders in Dallas called Initiative. MDGD was held for the first time this past January and attended by more than 1400 leaders in the Dallas area. As the first successful replication of the New York event, Ram Gidoomal, London-based business leader and board chairman for the Lausanne Movement expressed, “Big cities can learn from New York and New York can learn from other big cities. If this can be done in Dallas, why not cities across the globe?”

Also emerging from Movement Day, the Luis Palau Association has organized a metropolitan effort called NY CityServe for the purpose of uniting churches, serving the city of New York and proclaiming the good news. The initiative launched in September 2014 and over 1,000 leaders gathered to kick off a year-long campaign of service initiatives in the city.

Other panelists for the press conference included:

  • Jon Edmonds, executive director of Movement Day Greater Dallas
  • Kevin Palau, president of the Louis Palau Association
  • Jim Liske, president of Prison Fellowship
  • Gary Frost, vice-president of the Midwest Region, North American Mission Board

In describing the mission of Movement Day, Pier concluded the press conference by saying, “There is an incredible need for collaboration that will reach beyond our organizations and spread the gospel more effectively. Our purpose is to celebrate and accelerate what God is already doing and not reinvent the wheel. The time to act is now.”

Movement Daywww.MovementDay.com

 

At a press conference on Monday, October 13, in Jerusalem, Empowered21 President and Global Co-Chair Billy Wilson joined with prominent leaders of major Jewish and Christian global organizations to sign a historic joint initiative calling on world leaders to take firm action to halt the brutal persecution of Christians in the Middle East.

The letter was sent to 95 democratic countries and co-signed by Dr. William M. Wilson, president and co-chairman of the Empowered21 Global Council and president of Oral Roberts University (www.oru.edu); International Christian Embassy Jerusalem executive director Dr. Jürgen Bühler; and World Jewish Congress president Ronald S. Lauder. The joint initiative was unveiled at the Feast of Tabernacles celebration sponsored by the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem.

“This letter gives an important voice to Christians who are being persecuted and even killed for their faith around the world, especially in the Middle East,” said Dr. Wilson of ORU and Empowered21. “In this age of technology, we have a greater awareness of these types of alarming oppressions and a greater responsibility to protect Christian communities. Most Christ followers in these difficult situations will not respond with violence and therefore need global governmental authorities to stand with them against these injustices.”

Wilson continued, “I was humbled that Mr. Lauder, whose people have persevered through some of the greatest persecution in the world’s history, joined to sign this historic letter. To see this prominent Jewish leader stand with Christians in this moment should speak volumes to these world leaders.”

According to The Voice of the Martyrs, there are more Christian Martyrs today than there were in 100 AD-in the days of the Roman Empire. Of the top 10 countries of the worst Christian persecution listed by Open Doors, eight are in the Middle East.

The rise of ISIS, or the Islamic State (IS), has continued to raise concern for the safety of Christians in the Middle East. This information from World Watch Monitor shows some example of the threat:

“Where Islamic State has gained power, their reign of terror is driving all Christians and other minorities out. Before Islamic State began its rampage, about 3,000 Christians had been living in Mosul, down from 35,000 after the 2003 war. Now, there are virtually no Christians left. The mainly Christian town of Qarakosh has been abandoned as well, along with other villages; the last Christians have left the northern town of Bartella. Tens of thousands of Christians have become internally displaced, fleeing to the Kurdish region, with cities like Erbil and Dohuk taking in thousands of them.”

Also on hand to speak at the press conference was Canon Andrew White, known as the ‘Vicar of Baghdad,’ an Anglican cleric who has become one of the leading voices of the persecuted Christians of Iraq.

“The current plight of Middle East Christians is heart-breaking and even western churches have to do more to bring the suffering of our fellow believers to the forefront worldwide,” said Dr. Bühler. “But to have a prominent global Jewish leader lend his voice to this moral call for protecting the region’s persecuted Christians is unprecedented in modern times. We welcome all others of goodwill who will take a stand now for these vulnerable ancient Christian communities.”

“Just as Christians defend Jews against anti-Semitism, just as Christians support Israel, we Jews have an obligation to speak out against the growing persecution of Christians in many parts of the world,” Lauder said in explaining his participation as head of the World Jewish Congress.

“Islamist extremists have launched a full-fledged assault on our Western values, on our civilization, and Jews and Christians must work hand in hand to defeat this threat. For too long, the world has remained silent in the face of this evil. We must act before it is too late,” Lauder added.

There are more than 600 million Spirit empowered Christians around the world. Empowered21 aims to help shape the future of the global Spirit-empowered movement throughout the world by focusing on crucial issues facing the movement and connecting generations for intergenerational blessing and impartation. Their vision is that every person on Earth would have an authentic encounter with Jesus Christ through the power and presence of the Holy Spirit by Pentecost 2033. More information on Empowered21 can be found at www.empowered21.com.

Dr Billy Wilson Jerusalem Press ConferenceEmpowered21 will bring Christians together to contemplate the critical issues facing the Spirit-empowered movement at the upcoming Global Congress to be held May 20-25, 2015 in Jerusalem. This Congress is a call to all believers from around the world to celebrate Pentecost in the land of Pentecost. The event is expected to bring thousands of Christians to the region for a time of teaching, praise and prayer. Main sessions will be held in the new Jerusalem Payis Arena with the final session on Pentecost Sunday scheduled as a intergenerational global launch toward renewed world evangelization under the theme “To the Ends of the Earth”. More information can be obtained at www.jerusalem2015.com.

Read the letter at http://empowered21.com/feast-press-conference/feast-joint-letter.pdf

See the list of world leaders it was sent to at http://empowered21.com/feast-press-conference/feast-list-of-leaders.pdf

 

Awakening to God

“An inspiring book for anyone exploring the adventure of faith!” Bear Grylls, adventurer and author

“Awakening to God is a great read for anyone interested in knowing God.” Roma Downey Burnett, actor, author

In May 2014, while still grieving the suicide of his teenage son eight years prior, Gerard Long faced the accidental death of his precious daughter. Reflecting on his daughter’s tragic drowning, Long encountered a sobering parallel that shifted into high gear the urgent mission to which he has dedicated his life—a “rescue mission,” as he calls it, for people to reach out to those around them who are spiritually sinking. Although the Long family endures intense suffering, Gerard still sees hope in this life. From the brokenness flows a new passion to encourage others.

In his newest book, Awakening to God: Discovering His Power and Your Purpose (Tyndale, September 2014), Long reveals his heart and vision for widespread spiritual renewal by sharing the raw and authentic story of his own journey of life-altering awakenings. He invites readers to wake up to God’s call on their own lives. Recounting experiences he’s had, “times when God has either roused me from a spiritual slumber or has otherwise redirected my steps to be more in line with his purpose for my life,” Long illustrates how he discovered that these awakenings are essential to God’s work in the lives of every person, as well as in the movements of this world.

Gerard Long
Gerard Long

www.AwakeningToGod.net

 

 

 

Chip Ingram to Speak at Movement Day Greater Dallas 2015

Chip Ingram, CEO and teaching pastor of Living on the Edge, will be one of the plenary speakers at the second annual Movement Day Greater Dallas (MDGD), on January 22, 2015. Area leaders will gather for diverse cultural and ethnic constituency of Christian leaders from business, education, healthcare, nonprofits, government and the church. There are more than 2500 expected participants, nearly doubling the attendance from last year.

Chip Ingram is no novice when it comes to teaching, inspiring and encouraging others. He founded Living on the Edge twenty five years ago with a passion to help Christians live like Christians. Through this ministry, as well as being a pastor and author, Chip has reached believers around the world, inspiring them to not merely be spiritual spectators, but to become strong disciples of Jesus by living out God’s word on a daily basis. His pragmatic approach makes it simple to apply God’s truth to everyday situations and he will no doubt supply the Movement Day attendees with practical ways to do just that.

Chip, along with Gregg Dedrich, president of Living on the Edge, will be leading a thirty-minute workshop called Holy Ambition. Dedrich has ventured through a personal journey of finding his purpose and holy ambition while serving in high-level corporate role, which enables them to provide the participants a firsthand testament on how to confront and navigate such a journey.

“In the afternoon, Chip will provide encouragement as he presents this workshop. We are excited to have him bring application to what we learn in the morning plenary session. What a privilege to have this additional application and encouragement from him.” states Jon Edmonds, Executive director of MDGD.

Movement Day Greater Dallas, the first replication of Movement Day in New York, occurred on January 23, 2014 where 1400 leaders attended to learn best practices in urban ministry and cast a fresh vision for their own cities. Numerous groups formed during the inaugural event have continued to meet regularly and these continued efforts are evident that the goal to encourage, equip and mobilize Christian leaders throughout the city has been successful. In addition to the plenary speakers such as Chip Ingram, there will be eight returning afternoon tracks and two new tracks for participants to engage. These cover issues such as education, hunger, human trafficking, leadership, marketplace, financial stability, immigrant care, orphan care, prison reentry, exploring God and public safety chaplain support.

Dr. Mac Pier, founder of Movement Day and The New York City Leadership Center, explains, “We want to encourage city leaders and inspire them as gospel city movement practitioners, to understand there are opportunities for collaboration that will help accelerate a strategic Gospel impact in their city. Ingram’s experience from years of ministry will provide wisdom and encouragement to aide in this initiative”.

Movement Day Greater Dallas
Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center
8:30 AM – 9:00 PM

January 22, 2015

GDMDFor more information, a complete list of afternoon sessions, and to register for MDGD, visit www.movementdaygreaterdallas.com