As Founder & CEO of The New York City Leadership Center, Mac Pier and his team seek to catalyze Christian Leaders to impact their city. The vision of The Center is to become a model of Christian leaders impacting the spiritual and social climate of an urban center. Movement Day is focused on accelerating the influence of Christian leadership in the forty largest cities in the US and in influential cities globally in order to address the spiritual and social issues facing marginalized peoples today.
What do you hope to accomplish through Movement Week and Movement Day?
It’s a fact that most major cities face many of the same spiritual and social issues. These include vast populations unreached by the gospel, profound poverty and an emerging youth population that is struggling to surpass the 50 percent high school graduation rate. By challenging and activating Christian leaders in cities to step up and confront these and other problems collaboratively through a “gospel movement”, we can transform the lives of marginalized people and ultimately change those cities and our entire culture through Christ.
Additional sessions that week (City Advance and the Global Strategy Conference) will allow city, church/ministry, marketplace and agency leaders to share case studies and best practices, foster collaboration and address issues larger than one organization can accomplish in this generation.
How would you actually define a “gospel movement”?
A “gospel movement” is considered to be taking place when the Christian population is growing faster than the general population in a city and/or region. It also encompasses the following elements:
- The integration of local churches reaching new individuals with the gospel;
- Ministry and community leaders transforming the lives of youth, the poor and marginalized;
- Cultural leaders exercising their faith and influence in every sector of society;
- The growth of citywide networks that mobilize, develop and connect these leaders.
When all of these elements work together to make the Gospel of grace, truth, mercy and justice visible and tangible, the kingdom of God will become more real in the life of each city. We believe Movement Day can help make that happen through the ministry, marketplace and community leaders in attendance.
Why is Movement Week being held in New York City?
New York City is the most influential city in America. All of the social and spiritual issues that need to be addressed by a gospel movement can be experienced within its borders. A model that works in NYC can likely be adapted to work in any other large city in the U.S. and perhaps the rest of the world.
This is the fifth year for Movement Day. What have you seen accomplished as a result of the conference so far?
The concept and program are definitely growing, both in numbers of committed participants and in the level of excitement. The first year we had more than 800 leaders from 150 cities and 14 countries attend Movement Day. That attendance number increased in 2013 to two thousand leaders by the end of that week’s activities. We anticipate similar attendance numbers this year.
We’re also seeing Christian leaders in more than 30 cities forming “city teams,” working together to face the social and spiritual issues of their cities through the Gospel. And it’s working! People’s lives and multiple cities are being transformed by these collaborations. Leaders in the city of Dallas have adapted the Movement Day model and have hosted an event earlier this year, focused on mobilizing leaders to collaboratively address the issues impacting their city.
When people attend Movement Week in New York on October 22- 24, what will they experience at the congress?
Movement Week 2014 will feature such remarkable leaders and speakers as Dr. Timothy Keller, Luis Palau, Charles Jenkins and several others speaking on today’s leadership trends and urban challenges. There also are a dozen or more topical tracks held that leaders can choose from—tracks that function as “working groups” focused upon specific urban issues. It will be a full day of paradigm-shifting teachings, networking with other leaders from around the country, sharing of best-practices – all focused on transforming the world through Christ, one city at a time. Once again, we have added the two-day City Advance training on Tuesday, and the Global Strategy Conference focused on missions effectiveness on Wednesday.
How do we find out more about Movement Week, such as where to register, the day’s schedule and the like?
Go to www.MovementDay.com for all the details. The Movement Day conference will be held at the New York Marriott Marquis on Thursday, October 23, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.