Friday, October 28, 2016

Final Day of MDGC 2016 NYC

The last day of the Movement Day Global Cities experience in New York City was significant. We heard from another diverse cross section of leaders in the global church, including leaders from places like India, South Africa, Canada, Belgium, and Rwanda. It was so interesting to learn from the different perspectives, and I gained a lot of material for teaching, training, and mobilizing Christians to serve in cities within a variety of different sectors.

There is so much to report about what God is doing in cities around the world. Here are a few things I'd like to highlight:

We were led in worship by a multiethnic worship team that incorporated diverse musical sounds into the worship sets. They also utilized imagery during the worship time which highlighted assets in cities such as skylines. This was done intentionally as to engage the urban people in attendance from around the world. All of the times of worship were incredible!

They mayor's office sent a representative, Jonathan Soto, to proclaim that the day is officially Movement Day in NYC. I appreciated all of the interaction between leaders from religious, economic, and political sectors gathered together to participate collaboratively in urban transformation.

Tim Keller shared one of the most profound talks of the entire event. He presented the challenges that face Christian leaders operating in urban environments, reasons to be hopeful that the gospel will spread in cities, and practical steps toward engaging in God's redemptive mission in cities.

The official ceremony closing out MDGC 2016 featured representatives from 95 different countries processing with their flags through the convention center where the conference was located. It is always a special experience to gather with so many different people from around the world. Christian leaders in the U.S. have so much to learn from Christian leaders serving in places where Christianity is exploding in growth... in places like Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

Pastor Randy and I are making our way home. I'm looking forward to one of the biggest outreach events of the year tonight... the Harvest Party in Homewood! I can't wait to be back in the 'Burgh!

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