Thousands of Christians from cities representing more than 90 countries around the world gathered in New York City Tuesday for the opening of the Movement Day Global Cities conference where they tackled issues under the banner of disrupting cities with the Gospel globally.
“We are gathering this morning, 95 nations from around the world. We are so thrilled that you are here. You and our being together really is a miracle,” declared the Rev. McKenzie “Mac” Pier, founder and president of The New York Leadership Center in welcoming the multiethnic, multiracial gathering.
“If there is one message for Movement Day, it’s simply this: The speed of the Gospel in a city is a proportion to the depth of unity in the same city in the body of Christ. This is a unity rooted in a common vision for our city, deeply rooted friendships, across racial, denominational lines and a passion for the next generation,” he said.
Movement Day, which was launched in 2010, is an initiative of The New York City Leadership Center, a nonprofit ministry focused on training Christian leaders to impact their cities.
Pier said 95 countries were represented at the conference which will end on Thursday, and conference officials said nearly 3,000 registered guests were expected for the conference and walk-ins could swell that number.
“God is bringing the revival of Christianity from the global south to the global north. The question for us is this: Do we understand our cities well enough to interpret how God is choreographing nations into our cities? Do we have the cultural agility to identify, celebrate and collaborate with our new neighbors? God wants to disrupt the world with the Gospel through our communities. The only antidote to the chaos of complexity of cities is simply the unity of the body of Christ. We are one loaf,” Pier told the gathering.
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SOURCE: The Christian Post