NEW YORK — Nearly 2,000 Christian pastors, ministry and community leaders, and professionals from across the U.S. and around the world gathered Thursday at New York City's Marriott Marquis for the fourth annual Movement Day to strategize, network and learn how to better serve their cities and reach people with the Gospel.
Movement Day, developed by the Rev. Dr. McKenzie "Mac" Pier, founder and CEO of The New York City Leadership Center, heard from the likes of Redeemer Presbyterian Pastor Tim Keller, urban leader and community development pioneer Ray Bakke, evangelist Luis Palau, Christian Cultural Center Pastor A.R. Bernard, and others about their experiences as church leaders in urban areas.
Below are some brief remarks from leaders and organizers who shared their visions, agendas and thoughts about churches in the city. more >>
Movement Day, the brainchild of New York City Leadership Center and Redeemer City-to-City, seeks to bring Christian leaders to inspire and challenge one other as they figure out how to live life and lead in an urban context. The Christian Post is highlighting five leaders, who will be presenting at the conference in New York City today whose work has or is already doing just that.
1. Katherine Alsdorf - Twitter
Alsdorf founded the Center for Faith and Work (CFW) or "cultural renewal arm" of the New York City-based Redeemer Presbyterian Church in 2002 and served as its Executive Director for the next 10 years. more >>
The subject of discipleship took center stage on the first day of the Exponential West conference hosted at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., where 2,000 church planting leaders onsite were treated on Tuesday to the first 10 of 27 speakers planned for the 3-day event.
Saddleback's own Pastor Rick Warren led a mid-day session on the topic of making disciples, along with pastors Robert Coleman and Ray Chang. Other speakers on Tuesday included Jim Putman, Derwin Gray, Obed Martinez, Shawn Mitchell, Alan Hirsch, Debra Hirsch, and Larry Osborne.
Warren said that although not always practiced among Christian leaders, being a servant such as the example Jesus Christ set is the key to making good disciples. He pointed out that the term "servant leader" is an unnecessary one. more >>
Liquid Church, a New Jersey-based, youth-driven congregation merged with a nearly 200-year-old church last Sunday after membership at Mountainside Chapel began to decline and could no longer afford to maintain its $4-million site.
Under the merge, Mountainside Chapel, founded in 1821, gifted their property to Liquid Church to take over and "rebirth" the church for its community.
"In the last chapter of their ministry life, their congregation size had dwindled. In a courageous and forward thinking manner, the leadership of that ministry reached out to Liquid Church to discuss possibilities of a future together," said Kenny Jahng, media and innovation pastor for Liquid. "This came out of the blue for us, as a permanent location was not a part of our core strategy for how we carried out Sunday worship services and ministry." more >>
A roundtable forum for Hispanic pastors and leaders focused on reaching second and third generation Latinos in predominantly English-speaking congregations of more than 1,000 members is planned for Wednesday in Chicago.
"The focus is on how to reach Hispanics who prefer English. To create a common ground context for optimal discussion we limited the group to senior pastors who are Hispanic, serve large churches, offer one or more Spanish services, and offer one or more English services. The focus is on how to reach people for Christ for the English services," said Warren Bird, Director of Research and Intellectual Capital Development for Leadership Network.
The one-day gathering, that is expected to be fast paced, is organized by Leadership Network, an organization that fosters innovative strategies for churches, and will take place at Pastor Wilfredo "Choco" de Jesus' New Life Covenant Church. more >>
To emphasize his point (and promote his new book) that the Church is essentially dying, or at least on the cusp of doing so, Seattle megachurch pastor Mark Driscoll arrived to a Sunday evening worship service at Mars Hill Church U-District in a black hearse and suited in formal funeral attire.
Driscoll's book A Call to Resurgence: Will Christianity Have a Funeral or a Future? is planned for release on Nov. 5 and focuses on the need for Christians to be aware of changing times and the importance of sharing the Gospel despite a corrupting culture. Resurgence 2013, a leadership conference, is scheduled to begin on the same date.
"The hearse symbolizes death," communications director Justin Dean told The Christian Post in regards to Driscoll's unique arrival to church and the promotional videotaping done for the book using the vehicle as a prop earlier in the day. "And in the book, Pastor Mark shares that 'the death of Christendom means life just got a lot more difficult for anyone who really wants to be a Christian and follow Jesus.' more >>