Awakening to God

“An inspiring book for anyone exploring the adventure of faith!” Bear Grylls, adventurer and author

“Awakening to God is a great read for anyone interested in knowing God.” Roma Downey Burnett, actor, author

In May 2014, while still grieving the suicide of his teenage son eight years prior, Gerard Long faced the accidental death of his precious daughter. Reflecting on his daughter’s tragic drowning, Long encountered a sobering parallel that shifted into high gear the urgent mission to which he has dedicated his life—a “rescue mission,” as he calls it, for people to reach out to those around them who are spiritually sinking. Although the Long family endures intense suffering, Gerard still sees hope in this life. From the brokenness flows a new passion to encourage others.

In his newest book, Awakening to God: Discovering His Power and Your Purpose (Tyndale, September 2014), Long reveals his heart and vision for widespread spiritual renewal by sharing the raw and authentic story of his own journey of life-altering awakenings. He invites readers to wake up to God’s call on their own lives. Recounting experiences he’s had, “times when God has either roused me from a spiritual slumber or has otherwise redirected my steps to be more in line with his purpose for my life,” Long illustrates how he discovered that these awakenings are essential to God’s work in the lives of every person, as well as in the movements of this world.

Gerard Long

Gerard Long





Chip Ingram to Speak at Movement Day Greater Dallas 2015

Chip Ingram, CEO and teaching pastor of Living on the Edge, will be one of the plenary speakers at the second annual Movement Day Greater Dallas (MDGD), on January 22, 2015. Area leaders will gather for diverse cultural and ethnic constituency of Christian leaders from business, education, healthcare, nonprofits, government and the church. There are more than 2500 expected participants, nearly doubling the attendance from last year.

Chip Ingram is no novice when it comes to teaching, inspiring and encouraging others. He founded Living on the Edge twenty five years ago with a passion to help Christians live like Christians. Through this ministry, as well as being a pastor and author, Chip has reached believers around the world, inspiring them to not merely be spiritual spectators, but to become strong disciples of Jesus by living out God’s word on a daily basis. His pragmatic approach makes it simple to apply God’s truth to everyday situations and he will no doubt supply the Movement Day attendees with practical ways to do just that.

Chip, along with Gregg Dedrich, president of Living on the Edge, will be leading a thirty-minute workshop called Holy Ambition. Dedrich has ventured through a personal journey of finding his purpose and holy ambition while serving in high-level corporate role, which enables them to provide the participants a firsthand testament on how to confront and navigate such a journey.

“In the afternoon, Chip will provide encouragement as he presents this workshop. We are excited to have him bring application to what we learn in the morning plenary session. What a privilege to have this additional application and encouragement from him.” states Jon Edmonds, Executive director of MDGD.

Movement Day Greater Dallas, the first replication of Movement Day in New York, occurred on January 23, 2014 where 1400 leaders attended to learn best practices in urban ministry and cast a fresh vision for their own cities. Numerous groups formed during the inaugural event have continued to meet regularly and these continued efforts are evident that the goal to encourage, equip and mobilize Christian leaders throughout the city has been successful. In addition to the plenary speakers such as Chip Ingram, there will be eight returning afternoon tracks and two new tracks for participants to engage. These cover issues such as education, hunger, human trafficking, leadership, marketplace, financial stability, immigrant care, orphan care, prison reentry, exploring God and public safety chaplain support.

Dr. Mac Pier, founder of Movement Day and The New York City Leadership Center, explains, “We want to encourage city leaders and inspire them as gospel city movement practitioners, to understand there are opportunities for collaboration that will help accelerate a strategic Gospel impact in their city. Ingram’s experience from years of ministry will provide wisdom and encouragement to aide in this initiative”.

Movement Day Greater Dallas
Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center
8:30 AM – 9:00 PM

January 22, 2015

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