The main emphasis of the conference was to challenge and encourage us to think and pray about how God could use our ministries to impact our cities through "Gospel Movements"
A Gospel Movement is defined this way...
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.
A Gospel Movement is considered to be taking place when the Christian population is growing faster than the general population in a city/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; and
- 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, then the Kingdom of God will become more real in the life of each city.
Those who know me well, know that I often talk about how God has a track record of impact with me by using a combination of His Word, conversations I have with Spiritual Leaders, a word or phrase or concept that I just can't get out my mind etc. Then, when I slow down enough to really examine and reflect on what He's trying to say to me I can see a common theme or thread of unification that helps give clarity to what He wants me to focus on as an individual, a father, a husband and Pastor.
Well, yesterday I was bombarded with some incredible quotes, phrases and of course scripture...here's a few of them that "stopped me dead in my tracks"...
"When the choice is between totally freaking out and falling on your face...choose the face." Darren Patrick
And work for the peace and prosperity of the city where I sent you into exile. Pray to the LORD for it, for its welfare will determine your welfare.” Jeremiah 29:7
"God is choreographing the nations into our neighborhoods" Dr. Mac Peir
"Revival is something we can block as humans but only God can produce." Tim Keller
"Everything in our church needs to be scrutinized through the lens of advancing the kingdom of God...if it doesn't then it's a distraction" Richard Stearns
I'm praying earnestly about what God is planning to do in my life and in the life of our church and in the city we call home.
I want to encourage you to take a few minutes to watch this video that gives an overview of Movement Day and then my favorite video of the day that made a huge impact on this "visual learner" that is a great example of how a movement starts, grows, diversifies and impacts those around it...hmmm...kinda sounds like what the church is supposed to be all about.
Movement Day NYC 2012
Som Sabadell Flashmob - "Metaphor of a Movement"