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Movement Day Culminates in Unified Purpose, Initiates Global Expansion

Movement Day 2015 NY Hilton Midtown, Plenary speaker Tim Keller
Movement Day 2015 Plenary speaker Tim Keller

Over 1,200 leaders from diverse nationalities and social sectors gathered at the New York Hilton Midtown on October 29, 2015 for the 6th annual Movement Day, a leadership initiative from The New York City Leadership Center (The NYCLC). Since its inception in 2010, what began as a local event in the city of New York is now poised to take its mission of city transformation through gospel movements to the rest of the world.

With a focus on bridging the spiritual, economic and racial divides in our cities, this year’s attendees sought constructive, impactful solutions and declared their commitment to change in a unified endorsement of the first Movement Day Declaration co-authored by Dr. Mac Pier, founder and CEO of The NYCLC and Bishop Claude Alexander Jr., senior pastor of The Park Church in Charlotte, NC and past president of the Hampton University Ministers Conference, the world’s largest gathering of interdenominational African-American clergy. The declaration signifies, among other things, the organization’s recognition of the increasing global diversity within cities and its untethered commitment to unifying God’s people regardless of their ethnicity, denomination or social standing.
Bishop Alexander believes that such an action can play a vital role in facilitating unity in the Church. “I believe that the church is charged by God to be a prophetic presence in the world and to provide an alternative to the status quo in every area of life. If we ever hope to see the broken heart of our cities truly healed, the Church must lead the way. This Movement Day Declaration can stimulate change in the heart of the Church and set her on a course of unity and healing for the nations.”

The day consisted of plenary sessions featuring a variety of thought-leaders that included Dr. Tim Keller, Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil, Rev. Peter Scazzero, Dr. Gabriel Salguero, Bob Doll, Dr. Noel Castellanos, Catherine Hoke, Rev. Jon Tyson, Rev. Drew Hyun, Grant Skeldon, Paris Lofaro and Dr. A.R. Bernard among others. Conference attendees then gathered in various learning tracks during the afternoon with a focus on current urban issues and population groups that were led by expert practitioners in that field.

Movement Day has successfully been replicated in Dallas in 2014 and in Pretoria, South Africa in April 2015 and is in various stages of implementation in more than 20 cities around the world. With increased global interest and participation Movement Day The NYCLC is not only incubating Movement Day efforts elsewhere, but is making plans to host some 5,000 international city leaders at Movement Day Global Cities 2016 – The Nations of New York Hosting the Nations of the World to be held at the Jacob Javits Convention Center, October 25-27 2016.

To announce the 2016 event, a press conference was held following the conclusion of this year’s conference. Panelists offered a brief overview of the movement and discussed current realities and anticipated outcomes followed by a Q&A with the audience. Dr. Craig Sider, president of The NYCLC; Dr. Tim Keller, senior pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church, Ram Gidoomal, chairman of the board of the Lausanne Movement; and Grant Skeldon, founder of the missional, millennial network, INITIATIVE led the discussion. INITIATIVE was organized and accelerated as a direct result of Movement Day Greater Dallas and is wielding an influence that is rapidly becoming noteworthy. Their leadership, along with other millennials will play a vital role in planning the global event. Ebony Small highlighted a women’s leadership event also to be held in 2016.

The NYCLC, in partnership with the Lausanne Movement, expects the three-day event to be a world-historic gathering of diverse Christian leaders for this generation and will be led by an expert faculty and global city case studies that includes Letitia Shelton of City Women Toowoomba in Australia; Finny Philip of the Lausanne Movement in India; Alan Platt of Doxa Deo in South Africa; Rev. Bill Hybels of Willow Creek Community Church in Chicago; Dr. Luis Palau of the Luis Palau Association in Portland, Oregon; Dr. Tim Keller of Redeemer Presbyterian Church, and Dr. Gabriel Salguero of the National Latino Evangelical Coalition, both from New York City.

“The response from the Lausanne International Deputy Directors about Movement Day Global Cities has been overwhelming,” states Lausanne board chairman Gidoomal. “Having personally experienced Movement Day here in New York City, these leaders, who represent Lausanne’s 12 global regions, believe this event will play a vital role in accelerating unity and collaboration among city leaders around the world.”

“As a result of this effort, the Gospel will be accelerated in 100 cities and catalyze thousands of leaders worldwide,” states founder and CEO of the NYCLC, Mac Pier. “The result will be a more unified church reaching people for Christ and transforming society on a global scale.”

This year’s event also featured the launch of the Movement Day app for iPhone and Android making collaboration among leaders possible on a worldwide scale. The interactive app extends well beyond the simple offering of information, actually allowing users to engage with one another in real time without leaving the platform. Among its features, the new app allows users to message their colleagues directly; discover others who share the same interests; integrate their online profiles from Facebook, Twitter & LinkedIn; and also publish quotes, photos and social media updates.

Movement Day is a leadership development initiative of The New York City Leadership Center (NYCLC) founded by Dr. Mac Pier, CEO; led by Dr. Craig Sider, President and Rev. Ebony Small, Director of Movement Day & Events. The vision of The NYCLC is to become a model of Christian leaders impacting the spiritual and social climate of an urban center. Their mission is to exponentially increase the leadership effectiveness of ministry and marketplace leaders. Visit their website at

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Movement Day Global Cities 2016
October 25-27, 2016
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center of New York
New York, NY 10018

Movement Day 2015 Offers New Interactive Tracks Emphasizing Reconciliation, Replication and Kingdom Impact

MD Logo_Vertical_CMYK Red (™)For the past five years, Movement Day, a leadership initiative from The New York City Leadership Center (The NYCLC), has convened over 6,500 leaders in order to serve the world’s largest cities more effectively by advancing high-level, city-changing collaborative partnerships. On October 29, 2015, leaders will once again gather at the New York Hilton Midtown to further advance Gospel Movements in cities across the globe. By promoting unity and fostering collaboration among a diverse spectrum of Christian leaders, the event will address some of today’s most urgent urban issues.
With a unique approach compared to many conferences, attendees will not only hear from a diverse panel of leading experts in the morning plenary, but they will also have the opportunity to share best practices in various interactive learning tracks that will be held during the afternoon. The topics covered focus on current urban issues or population groups and are led by experts and practitioners in that field. While The NYCLC has always been intentional in reflecting the diversity of the world’s constituency, this year’s event underscores even further its intent on bridging the spiritual, economic and racial divides in our cities as well as the role of Millennials in accomplishing that task.
According to Director of Movement Day & Events, Ebony Small, “The issues of racial unity and kingdom impact on our cities have never been greater. We have brought together a faculty that represents racial, gender and generational diversity in order to insure a representative perspective on matters of unity and kingdom impact. I am particularly excited about the new additions to our interactive tracks and to hear from the millennial leaders we have enlisted for this year’s event.”
Five new tracks are being conducted this year that particularly address the matter of racial reconciliation, replicating Gospel Movements in other major cities and maximizing the impact that the kingdom of God can have on our cities.
This year’s new additions are:
Racial Reconciliation
Racial harmony remains one of the most challenging issues for church and marketplace leaders in the 21st century. The complexities of race, class, and culture often lead to superficial, short-term, programmatic solutions rather than transformational change. This session will offer practical tools and recommendations to enable leaders, both in church and the marketplace, to use their influence to serve as reconcilers.

Movement Day Replication Cities
Movement Day Greater Dallas represents the first successful replication of Movement Day in another major urban center. Since January 2014, it has convened 3,400 leaders with 525 agencies working together on city-wide efforts. Leaders in Pretoria (South Africa), London (United Kingdom), Chennai (India), Columbus (Ohio), Toronto (Canada) and a number of other cities have since communicated interest in hosting their own Movement Day expression within the next 12-24 months. Key success factors of Movement Day in New York and Dallas will be shared during this session and leaders will investigate the path toward launching a Movement Day in their own city – all in an effort to expand Gospel Movements to other major cities in the U.S. and around the world

Old forms of evangelism can create obstacles to the Gospel. An increasing number of leaders have seen the need to bring good and effective evangelism tools and motivation to citywide Gospel Movements. This track is designed to develop Kingdom citizens who are skilled in the theology and practice of winsomely sharing the Gospel and grounding others in their faith and to encourage the pursuit of evangelism and personal discipleship along with addressing social well-being issues.

Crossing Campus Lines
Engage or consume? In this track, college students will wrestle with the perception challenge of viewing the city as a place to consume or a place to engage. This track is more than preparing for post-college life. Rather, track participants will explore how to weave their college experience together now, with gospel engagement in a city near campus. The goal is a lifetime of engaging cities for Kingdom impact.

Leadership Development
Bringing leadership development opportunities to a city is vital in raising the effectiveness of thousands of Christian leaders to the level of a citywide movement. But where do you start? This track will look at New York City as a case study, to see how the city hosts large scale inspirational leadership training (The Global Leadership Summit at 13 Host Sites) and small scale practical leadership training (The Leadership Fellows Program) benefitting thousands of leaders each year. New York has created pathways of first-class training opportunities for leaders – while also making them logistically and financially accessible.

Other interactive tracks continuing from previous years include:

• Authentic Communities
• Church Planting
• Global Poverty
• Gospel Movements
• Mobilizing Prayer
• Professional & Marketplace Leaders
• Urban Campus Ministries
• Young Missional Leaders

Dr. Mac Pier, founder and CEO of The New York City Leadership Center comments, “The history and theory of missions tell us that whole cities or cultures can be reached with the Gospel. ‘Reached’ doesn’t mean that everyone becomes a Christian, but that a ‘tipping point’ can be achieved where Christianity begins to have a disproportionate effect on the population’s values and beliefs, and their faith grows spontaneously, without external control. We believe that Movement Day will play a vital role in seeing that come to fruition.”
For a complete description of all of this year’s interactive learning tracks, go to Track Overview.
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Early Bird Registration Ends September 14
October 29, 2015
8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
New York Hilton Midtown, 1335 Avenue of the Americas NY, NY

Movement Day 2015 Bridging the Spiritual, Economic and Racial Divide in Our Cities.

Movement_Day_111.jpgFor the past five years Movement Day has been catalyzing leadership teams to serve the world’s largest cities more effectively by advancing high-level, city-changing collaborative partnerships. On October 29, 2015, leaders will once again gather at the New York Hilton Midtown to advance Gospel movements in cities across the globe by facilitating unity and collaboration among Christian leaders to address today’s urban issues and maximize their leadership potential. The event seeks to bridge the spiritual, economic and racial divides in our cities.

Mac Pier, founder and CEO of The New York City Leadership Center comments, “The history and theory of missions tell us that whole cities or cultures can be reached with the Gospel. ‘Reached’ doesn’t mean that everyone becomes a Christian, but that a ‘tipping point’ can be achieved where Christianity begins to have a disproportionate effect on the population’s values and beliefs, and their faith grows spontaneously, without external control.”

Plenary speakers for this year’s gathering include,
• Mac Pier, founder and CEO, The New York City Leadership Center, New York City
• Tim Keller, senior pastor, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New York City
• Drew Hyun, pastor Hope Church, New York City
• Noel Castellanos, CEO of Community Development Association, Chicago
• Brenda Salter, McNeil associate professor Seattle Pacific University, Seattle
• Gabriel Salguero, president, National Latino Evangelical Coalition
• Grant Skeldon, founder and director of INITIATIVE Network, Dallas
• Jon Tyson, founding pastor of Trinity Grace Church, New York
• Chelsea Vaughn executive director, internal relations of INITIATIVE, Dallas
• Froswa’ Booker-Drew, national community engagement director, World Vision, Dallas
• Paris Lofaro, Relations Development and Media Manager
• Ray Villegas, Director, East Harlem Affiliate
• Adam Durso, Executive Pastor, Christ Tabernacle
• A.R. Bernard, Pastor Christian Cultural Center Brooklyn
• Jamaal Bernard, COO Christian Cultural Center Brooklyn

Following the morning plenary, the sharing of best practices and the fostering of collaboration between leaders is facilitated in the interactive learning tracks during the afternoon of Movement Day. Topics covered within the tracks are focused on current urban issues or population groups and led by topic experts and practitioners. A few tracks have established ongoing working groups to accelerate their impact within cities. For more details visit track overview.

Movement Day attendee Megan Coleman of New York City Relief in Elizabeth, NJ comments about her experience at Movement Day 2014. “It’s awesome to be made aware of organizations around the country that are moving to provide for ‘the least of these,’ as well as receiving encouragement from those that beat with the same heart and passions. I also appreciated the conversations around the table with my fellow attendees during the interactive tracks, bringing the reality of life on the street and how we are reaching out to help as organizations and leaders across the country.”

Leading up to the October event, Join the Movement conference calls are held each month. People are invited to call in and listen to a 30-minute discussion by noted leaders including Tim Keller, Kevin Palau, and Brenda Slater McNeil among others. Each call is designed to stimulate collaboration within the Body of Christ and catalyze gospel movements in cities around the world.

Rich Kidd of the Dingman Company in Virginia Beach adds, “Movement Day puts you in touch with God’s move to reach the cities of America. It will introduce you to the gatekeepers of the city and involve you in the greatest gospel movement of our day.”

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Early Bird Registration Ends September 14
October 29, 2015
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
New York Hilton Midtown, 1335 Avenue of the Americas NY, NY

The New York City Leadership Center Continues Growth with an Eye on Global Cities

The New York City Leadership Center (The NYCLC) has expanded its influence over the past year and recently solidified its commitment to global initiatives with the hiring of Jim Runyan as president of global expansion. In this new role, Jim will oversee all funding and program development activity for The NYCLC. This targeted role gives special focus to the expansion of city gospel movements throughout the United States and abroad.

“My passion is to see the Church transform our culture through high-level, city-changing, collaborative partnerships. The gospel movements fostered by the annual Movement Day congress (produced by The NYCLC), offers the greatest potential to making that a reality than anything I have seen in my entire work experience. I am excited to be able to be a part of this historic vision,” comments Runyan.

The NYCLC founder & CEO, Dr. Mac Pier states, “We are very pleased to have Jim join our executive team. He brings an extensive ministry and business background and a passion for spreading the good news of the Gospel.”

Jim most recently served as senior vice president of client service for Mission Advancement, a consulting firm serving the non-profit sector. Prior to this, he joined RSI as a church stewardship consultant in 1988. Jim led capital campaigns and developed strategy and program materials for many churches and organizations, including Willow Creek Community Church, The West Ohio Annual Conference, and the Archdioceses of Indianapolis and Chicago. Serving as a senior vice president, he co-created the RSI Institutional division to provide major gift consulting to faith-based non-profits.

While at RSI, Jim began work with Mac Pier, then president of Concerts of Prayer Greater New York, to co-architect what is now The NYCLC. Jim has served as chairman of the board of directors of The NYCLC since its inception in 2007.

Jim has also served as vice president of the Acts Satellite Network, which was a part of the Radio and Television Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention. He began his career as a minister of music in Southern Baptist churches and is an accomplished composer of several published choral anthems.

Pier also comments about Runyan, “His strategic approach to helping cities grasp the vital need for collaboration will enable more Christian communities and leaders to work in tandem, helping to bring positive transformation.”

Jim lives in McKinney, Texas with his wife, Marion. The couple has two daughters and four grandchildren.

Jim Runyan
Jim Runyan

For more information about The New York City Leadership Center and its global initiatives please visit

Prayer, Pursuing God’s Imaginably More

Prayer frequently receives positive medical and media exposure for its benefit to the human soul. From lowering blood pressure to aiding in recovery from surgery, prayer is recognized as a valuable practice even in the secular world. Dr. Mac Pier was instrumental in the formation of the New York City united prayer movement, Concerts of Prayer Greater New York in 1988, and is the current founder of The New York City Leadership Center and their annual Movement Day congress. He has witnessed first-hand what prayer can do for the individual, as well as for cities. Pier’s mission is to see the great global cities of the world transformed by the Gospel of Christ, and he believes that prayer is a fundamental pre-requisite if that mission is to be realized.

In a recent article on the blog Collaborations, Pier reflects on a few key events of the past year that all point to the possibilities that exist when we pray. He issues a challenge to Christian leaders in cities everywhere to pursue God’s “imaginably more” through prayer.

“This past September, I had the opportunity to witness the power of prayer in a Pentecostal Church in Gothenburg, Sweden. Much of the country is greatly under churched. Yet, in this one congregation, some 450 Iranians have been baptized in the past two years. This is a great example of God rearranging people in the world to accomplish a greater purpose. More Muslims have converted to Christianity in the past 15 years than in the past 1500 years combined. Christians have been praying.
In watching the emerging interest from diverse cities around the world in Movement Day we are witnessing many “immeasurably more” moments unfold. These moments are the results of a twenty-five year old concert of united prayer (Concerts of Prayer) in New York City.

• In Columbus, Ohio, more than 1000 leaders gathered to pray on a Sunday night this past September. Being evenly represented by African-Americans and Anglos, it was a great sign of hope for a globally influential city with a world-class university, state capital, and thriving business community.
• Early in 2015, more than three hundred pastors and leaders gathered for the 24th annual Pastor’s Prayer Summit of Greater New York.
• February 1, 2015 will mark the 20th anniversary of The Lord’s Watch – a daily prayer vigil that has knit churches together for Greater New York.
• In Dallas, TX, A Prayed 4 City, was launched in January 2013. One year later over 1400 leaders gathered for the first Movement Day Greater Dallas event, described by many as the most diverse gathering of its type in memory.
God’s greatest passion for our cities is to see His people come together in visible unity. The most effective way to do this is to pray together. Prayer accelerates trust geometrically and more quickly than any other initiative in a city. It grounds us in a true sense of proportion to who God is and who we are.
What gives prayer real power, imaginably more power, is the simplicity of agreement on what we believe God wants to do in our cities. As we love our cities, love the church in all of its expression, and pray together, God will do immeasurably more.”

You can read more about the leadership initiatives of The New York City Leadership Center by visiting as well as by subscribing to their blog Collaborations.

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



Movement DayMovement Day is a leadership development initiative of The New York City Leadership Center founded by Dr. Mac Pier. Their vision is to become a model of Christian leaders impacting the spiritual and social climate of an urban center. Their mission is to exponentially increase the leadership effectiveness of ministry and marketplace leaders. Visit their website at

Movement Day
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8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
New York Marriott Marquis

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The Navigators, Washington, D.C.

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Caesar is a spiritual entrepreneur and an avid storyteller. Past work includes communications, media production, and extensive travel in international missions. He is a master missional strategist and coach who has helped numerous church planters start, grow and multiply new churches. He is one of the founders of Soma Communities and currently serves as the Director of the GCM Collective. Caesar authored the best-selling The Gospel Primer and Transformed: A New Way of Being Christian. His new book, Small is Big, Slow is Fast, is soon to be published by Zondervan. He and his wife of 31 years, Tina, live in New York City.
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The Navigators, Washington, D.C.

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