The first annual Great Dallas Movement Day Conference was held January 23, 2014 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Center (formerly known as the Dallas Convention Center). Attendance exceeded expectations with over 1400 leaders assembled from a wide variety of churches, agencies and organizations throughout the city. Individuals from diverse cultures, denominations and ethnicities were united in their eagerness to see a gospel movement launched in Greater Dallas.
The high spirits, optimism and favorable feedback were both overwhelming and humbling. In fact, one participant said, “I was so inspired by the unity of old and young, rich and poor, black and white and public, private, and non-profit communities. More than anything else, today reminded me that we are one in Christ Jesus.”
This unity was a constant theme noticed throughout the day. Positive collaboration was encouraged in the afternoon’s interactive breakout sessions, and as a result, there was a beautiful display of shared passions and stimulating conversations among the individuals involved. The movement’s vision to accelerate what God is already doing in Greater Dallas truly began this past Thursday.
The original Movement Day began in New York under the leadership, direction and vision of Dr. Mac Pier, CEO of The New York City Leadership Center. In collaboration with Redeemer City to City and co-hosted by the American Bible Society, four successful Movement Days in New York have been completed. Now Dallas is taking off.
Following the announcement that Greater Dallas would be the next location, local leaders and conference hosts spent months preparing for this major event. Leaders from every area of Greater Dallas anticipated the potential that this conference held for their city and invested hours in planning in order to see the potential come to fruition.
Dr. Mac Pier served as the event’s host and in casting the vision for the conference said, “The only deficit between the city and the church is trust.” Pier’s mission was to initiate such a trust through the positive collaboration of the attendees during Greater Dallas Movement Day and to come alongside them in their effort to bring lasting transformation to the area through a gospel movement.