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Greater Dallas Movement Day

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In recent days you have heard our staff talk about Greater Dallas Movement Day (GDMD), and how we would like to have many from the church join the staff at this important gathering for our city.

On January 23, 2014, hundreds of leaders from the marketplace, church, and community will gather for Greater Dallas Movement Day, a one-day event that will include leaders in the areas of business, education, healthcare, nonprofits, government, and the church from a diversity of cultural and ethnic backgrounds.

Speakers for GDMD include Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, Dr. Tim Keller of Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New York City, Pastor Brian Carter of Concord Baptist Church in Dallas, and Dr. Albert Reyes of Buckner International with emcee Froswa Booker-Drew, the national community engagement director for World Vision. The scope of GDMD extends beyond sharing information and motivation. It's about results. Participants will choose one of ten afternoon sessions covering a range of issues impacting Greater Dallas with the goal of crafting five-year plans to mobilize the faith community to make a positive difference in the lives of many.

An initiative of the New York City Leadership Center, Greater Dallas Movement Day replicates the successful model of Movement Day in New York City, an annual event that has been linked to a 300 percent increase in the Christian population of Manhattan. From 2010 to 2014, nearly five thousand leaders from 360 cities worldwide have gathered to unite, to learn best practices in urban ministry, and to cast a fresh vision for their own cities.

Movement Day is directed by Dr. Mac Pier, CEO and Founder of The New York City Leadership Center. Pier believes the Dallas faith community is poised to foster such a movement.

"The Greater Dallas area is at a crossroads. Given the growing racial, social, and spiritual diversity, it is urgent to bring a critical mass of the Dallas Christian community together to foster visible unity, hear the same research, and co-create further best practices that will impact the city," Pier says. "We believe that the Movement Day model that catalyzed such remarkable growth in Manhattan will bring similar results in Greater Dallas."

Poverty. Hunger. Crime. Child neglect. A broken education system. The problems are staggering:

  • 90 percent of Dallas ISD graduates are not college ready.

  • The number of North Texans seeking help from food pantries or soup kitchens each week has risen 80 percent since 2006.

  • 29.3 percent of children in Dallas County, more than 190,000 children total, live in families with incomes below the federal income poverty level.

  • 44 percent of the residents in DFW are first or second generation immigrants in need of church connection.

  • 25 percent of all international human trafficking victims in America are in Texas.

  • Dallas is home to the largest refugee population in the U. S.

And while the problems are serious, each grim statistic also offers an opportunity to transform individuals and communities with the love of Jesus Christ.

Greater Dallas Movement Day will be held at the Dallas Convention Center on January 23, 2014 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. I want to personally invite you to attend. I'm expecting many from our church to join our staff in this serious discussion. These are the kinds of things that the church should be involved in.

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

Please join us if you are able! I hope to see you there...

Pastor David

 

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