Category Archives: Movement Day

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 www.NYCLeadership.com

Join the Movement
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

Evangelism
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.
Join the Movement
Early Bird Registration Ends September 14
www.MovementDay.com
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.”

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

MOVEMENT DAY | 2014 | THE POWER of AUTHENTIC COMMUNITIES

 

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   www.NYCLeadership.com.

JOIN THE MOVEMENT
Movement Day
Thursday, October 23, 2014
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
New York Marriott Marquis

For more information visit www.MovementDay.com
View the Movement Day Video at Movement Day Promo

 

 TRACK SPEAKERS/PANELIST INCLUDE:

Robert Adgate, J.D.Robert Adgate, J.D.
National Director – Metro Mission
The Navigators, Washington, D.C.

Bob Adgate has been with The Navigators the past 33 years.  Up until January 2014 Bob served as the Metro Mission national leader for over 4 years and served the previous 9 years as the Metro Mission Detroit leader for Detroit, MI.

Caesar KalinowskiCaesar Kalinowski
Director
GCM Collective, New York
 
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.
 
Patric KnaakPatric Knaak
Area Director for Renewal
Serge, PA

Patric is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church in America and serves as the Area Director for Renewal at  Serge (formerly World Harvest Mission).  With over 200 missionaries world wide, Serge specializes in Resources, Mentoring and Mission to see God’s Kingdom expanded through the message of grace.  Serge means bringing together two rough edges to make a smooth seam.  Prior to joining Serge, Patric was the Director of Adult Education and Spiritual Formation at Naperville (IL) Presbyterian Church.

Dr. Cheryl L. Meredith, PhD.Dr. Cheryl L. Meredith, PhD.
The Navigators, Washington, D.C.

Cheryl is passionate about seeing people understand and optimize their abilities, talents, and capacity to make the greatest contribution possible in their spheres of influence. She completed her PhD in Business, Organization and Management with a focus on Emotional Intelligence in Executive Leaders. Her Masters is in Counseling. She has extensive Executive Human Resource Leadership Experience. Coaching has been a passion of Cheryl’s for more than 25 years. Dr. Meredith has served with The Navigators for thirty years in an array of leadership roles.

MOVEMENT DAY | 2014 | THE POWER of AUTHENTIC COMMUNITIES

 

Movement Day NYC

Movement DayThe chaotic, fast paced, transient, and individualistic culture of our cities results in many people feeling fragmented, lonely and isolated. Compounded by the prevalence of social media and virtual connections, many long for authentic relationships and a sense of rootedness.

Everyday people of faith can offer real hope to a lonely culture as we live and minister interdependently as bands of friends and teams. At Movement Day 2014 held October 23rd in New York City there is a focused track to explore what it takes to build a community shaped by the presence of Jesus. This track will present real models of dynamic Christ-like communities within the marketplace, in urban neighborhoods, and among young adults–communities that are touching lives and bringing transformation. This track is for ministry leaders who desire to model their faith and empower believers as they band together where they live, work, and play throughout our cities.

The objectives for this track is to ignite leaders with a vision for Gospel Movements, birthed from Christ-infused communities of friends; built where people live, work and play; and resulting in transformed lives and cities. Participants will develop strategies to equip, empower, release, and coach teams of ministry leaders and small bands of believers bonded in friendship to live out and articulate their faith, resulting in changed lives and communities. Leaders will present models of dynamic Christ-like communities offering real hope within the marketplace, young adults communities, and in urban neighborhoods. And also cultivate an interactive session where leaders determine take-aways and next steps for modeling their faith and empowering believers to band together in Christ-indwelled communities throughout their cities.

Movement 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   www.NYCLeadership.com.

JOIN THE MOVEMENT
Movement Day
Thursday, October 23, 2014
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
New York Marriott Marquis

For more information visit www.MovementDay.com
View the Movement Day Video at Movement Day Promo

 

 

Creativity | Community | Collaborations

Creativity promoted through Movement Day’s Artists in Community Track  

Artists are modern day prophets and poets who hold in their hands and hearts a precious gift from our Creator.  Artists attending the track were empowered to live out their passion for the expansion of the kingdom. With a message to share through their stories, paintings, dances, music, etc., the leaders of the track acknowledged the reality that society is not always working towards the same vision, and offered insights on imparting light and hope to a secular culture.

The core team to design track program included world-renowned leaders such as the owner of Rollins Cole, Mackenzie Rollins; author and senior advisor for The Navigators, Donald McGilchrist; co-director of Via Affimativa, Dr. Kyle Gregory; and artist, psychotherapist, and public art administrator, Laurel Justice. Together, they developed an inspiring program which encouraged the 60-plus participants to collaborate with other Christian artists for the cultural transformation of their cities.

“The character and experience possessed by each panelist was absolutely brilliant,” one participant remarked.  “Being exceptional artists who make their livings from their crafts, it was tremendous to see that each loves Jesus passionately, and to learn that each has personally wrestled with the issues presented in the track.”

Equally significant was the feedback given by other participants, “Thank you for everything. It was such a blessing this weekend to fellowship with you and our fellow artists. I am leaving refreshed and renewed in my concept of beauty and art.”

Participants left with more than heightened inspiration to transform art.  They left with heightened inspiration to transform souls with their artistry. Beauty, creativity, and artistic community were fostered in this track, as a way of transforming the artistic culture of cities for Christ’s sake.

Movement Day 2014 will feature topic experts and urban practitioners who have affected spiritual and social transformation among key populations and issues in today’s cities.  The congress will be held Thursday, October 23 at the New York Marriott Marquis.  Visit our website, MovementDay.com, for a list of speakers, interactive track topics and registration rates.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Movement 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 www.NYCLeadership.com.

Movement Day NYC 2014

Thursday, October 23, 2014

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

www.MovementDay.com

#MovementDay

Something Beautiful Is Happening!

Creativity promoted through Movement Day’s Artists in Community Track  

The annual Movement Day Conference in New York City incorporated creativity into the worship and included a prominent track entitled, “Artists in Community: Something Beautiful is Happening!” The development and introduction of this track is considered a breakthrough by New York’s Christian leaders,  because so many of the creative minds of the city have felt overlooked for years,  Filled with originality, inspiration and credibility, the track was designed to encourage participants to find unity in in their separate areas of Christian artistry and its advancement in  New York and other urban cities.

Movement Day has become one of the fastest growing and most influential gatherings of urban ministry leaders in the United States. Last October, the fourth Movement Day was hosted by Dr. Mac Pier, CEO of The New York City Leadership Center , in collaboration with Redeemer City To City and co-hosted by American Bible Society.  This major event attracted 1,400 of the nation’s most distinguished leaders who are passionate about affecting city transformation through Gospel Movements.

The arts are enormously important in shaping cites and culture.  We want Christian leaders to be thinking critically and connecting strategically around their passions for the Arts. We included praise dancers from Crossroads Tabernacle as well as adding a new track for this very purpose. We were also blessed to have dramatic performances incorporated by Bruce Kuhn, an original cast member in Broadway’s Les Misérables. Everyone brought a beautiful focus upon Christian arts

-Dr. Mac Pier

Recognizing a need for Christian artists to be involved in citywide Gospel Movements, the NYCLC team encouraged the development of the Artists in Community track by leaders within The Navigators ministry.

NYCLCMovement 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 www.NYCLeadership.com.

Movement Day NYC 2014

Thursday, October 23, 2014

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

www.MovementDay.com

#MovementDay