Marketplace leaders making Graham’s prediction a reality to convene in New York City this October
-Dr. Billy Graham
Jesus probably spent more time in the marketplace than anywhere else. Of his 132 public appearances recorded in the New Testament, 122 were in the marketplace. Over 85% of the parables Jesus told had a workplace context.
On October 23, 2014 business leaders will join other Christian leaders from every sector of society when they convene at Movement Day in New York City for the 5th year in a row. The idea? Transform cities by creating gospel movements. Marketplace leaders are convinced that their influence in the workplace is a fundamental key to that transformation.
Since vast numbers of people spend the majority of their time at work or work-related events, it makes sense that Christians in the workplace devote a significant amount of their waking hours to relationships with people that they can also influence the most with the Gospel.
Mac Pier, CEO of The New York City Leadership Center and founder of Movement Day states, “With the right attitude and approach, Christians in the workplace have an unprecedented opportunity to influence people from all walks of life and in the process, see the Kingdom of God advanced and their cities changed.”
While many believe that the marketplace is a key place to transform cities for Christ, many also do not understand the call to let their faith lead them in business – but that is beginning to change.
“Why is there not more transformation in the marketplace?” asks Bob Doll, chief equity strategist at Nuveen Asset Management, LLC and the leader at Movement Day for the marketplace. “It is because we haven’t taken seriously the concept of our calling in the workplace. God has a holy calling for each of us.”
“Billy Graham has said the marketplace in this century will be for the spread of the gospel what the medical profession was last century,” Doll says. “Do you work heartily for the Lord as a marketplace person? It is the 9-5 window as opposed to the 10/40 window. We need to match our action and attitudes to God’s.” Movement Day seeks to do that very thing.
On October 23rd, in the Faith & Work Interactive Track, marketplace leaders will gather with other faith leaders from organizations such as Center for Faith and Work with Redeemer City to City, Cru, Theology of Work Project, The Navigators, New Canaan Society and others from around the world to hear from some of the greatest minds on urban ministry, to share ideas and to establish measurable goals that will lead to lasting gospel movements in their cities. It is not just about discussion, but mobilizing Christian leaders to address some of the crippling spiritual and social issues of the day.
If you are a Christian leader, Movement Day is looking for you! While most conferences often focus on church leaders, this initiative goes beyond a single day to convene and mobilize Christian leaders from not only the church, but from business, government, non-profits and para-church ministries as well. It is conducted in collaboration with Dr. Tim Keller as featured faculty and co-hosted by American Bible Society and World Vision.
“Encourage city leaders to come and be inspired by gospel city movement practitioners,” says Dave Robinson, Cru Executive Director in Kansas City, Kansas. “Come learn of the incredible opportunities for collaboration and help accelerate strategic Gospel impact in your city.”
Senior Fellow of the Faith, Work & Leadership initiative with Redeemer City to City and one of the leaders of the marketplace track at Movement Day, Katherine L. Alsdorf, states, “We need to disciple and mobilize people to live out their Christian faith in a city that doesn’t understand what the gospel is. Movement Day is key because you find deep rich connections, good theology and good practical applications.”
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 http://www.NYCLeadership.com.
JOIN THE MOVEMENT
Thursday, October 23, 2014
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
New York Marriott Marquis
For more information visit www.MovementDay.com
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