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