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Movement Day Greater Dallas 2015: City Transformation through Christian Communities Working Together

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DSN Newswire

Courtesy of Movement Day Greater Dallas

On January 22, 2015 over 2500 area leaders will gather for the second annual Movement Day Greater Dallas (MDGD), representing a diverse cultural and ethnic constituency of Christian leaders from business, education, healthcare, nonprofits, government, and the church. 

Speakers for MDGD include Chip Ingram, CEO and teaching pastor of Living on the Edge, Matt Chandler, teaching pastor of The Village, Dr. Jeff Warren, senior pastor of Park Cities Baptist Church, Pastor Bryan Carter of Concord Church, Dr. Jim Denison, founder of Denison Forum on Truth and Culture, Dr. Mac Pier, founder of Movement Day and The New York City Leadership Center and emcee Froswa Booker-Drew, the national community engagement director for World Vision.

Beyond the vision and inspiration of the morning plenary session, participants also attend one of eleven afternoon design tracks covering a range of issues impacting Greater Dallas such as education, hunger, human trafficking, prison re-entry, immigrant and orphan care, marketplace impact, leadership and financial stability. During these sessions, long range plans to address these critical issues are developed by sharing best practices and collaboration among those in attendance. During the rest of the year, local staff and design leaders work to maintain and accelerate the momentum arising from the day’s activities and to implement the strategies that were designed in the afternoon sessions.

Executive Director Jon Edmonds leads the initiative and says, “Movement Day Greater Dallas is not an ‘event’. It is a movement that encourages, equips and mobilizes Christian leaders throughout the city. It will transform not only Dallas, but cities around the globe with the gospel of Jesus Christ.”

The first Movement Day Greater Dallas was held on January 23, 2014 with 1400 leaders in attendance and represented the first successful replication of Movement Day in New York City, an annual convocation that has been linked to a 300% increase in the Christian population of Manhattan. From 2010-2014, nearly five thousand leaders from 360 cities and five continents have gathered in unity to learn best practices in urban ministry and cast a fresh vision for their own cities.

When more than 50 Christian leaders from Dallas attended Movement Day in 2012, seeds were planted for bringing Movement Day to Greater Dallas. Since that time, the prayers and hard work of countless individuals has resulted in those seeds coming to fruition, and a model for expansion now stands for other cities to follow. Movement Day is positioned to have impact not only for New York City and Greater Dallas but other urban centers around the world.

Cities throughout the world face tremendous social and spiritual challenges and the problems can seem insurmountable at times. But each grim statistic also offers an opportunity to transform individuals and communities with the love of Jesus Christ – “a city transformation through Christian communities working together” that Movement Day Greater Dallas intends to achieve.

For more information, a complete list of afternoon sessions, and to register for MDGD, visit www.movementdaygreaterdallas.com

 

Jon Edmonds, Executive Director Movement Day Greater Dallas 

Prior to joining Movement Day Greater Dallas in 2014 as the Executive Director, Edmonds served as the executive director of Austin Street Center, an emergency homeless shelter, and transitional housing campus. He is the founder and principal of Higher Level Development, LLC, a business consulting and real estate development firm and is the past president & CEO of Frazier Revitalization, Inc., the non-profit development catalyst of the Frazier neighborhood of Dallas. He is also the past president & CEO of the Foundation for Community Empowerment (FCE), also in Dallas. Prior to coming to Dallas, Mr. Edmonds was the president of the Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership in Indianapolis, IN. He has been married to his wife, Lois, for 36 years and serves as an Elder and bible teacher at the 9,000 member Concord Church in Dallas. In 1989 he created the first ever comprehensive home ownership training and counseling system in Indianapolis for which he was awarded the President William Jefferson Clinton HUD Homeownership Partnership Award in 1995-96.

 

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