Setting up a Movement Day in your City or town
After the success of Movement Day UK a number of places have contacted us to ask if they could set up a Movement Day in their city/town. We are really excited about this and we want to do all we can to help support places creating a strategic and co-ordinated conversation about the future of their places.
What are the introductory days about?
The introductory days are being held to begin a conversation about how a Movement Day could be set up in your city/town. We will be looking at the values, structure and possible outcomes.
Every Movement Day in a city will be different but there are some unifying values and aims that we want to ensure run through the events as they are rolled out across the country.
Who do we need to bring and what do we need to do to make sure we make the most from the introductory days?
Here are some answers to questions you may be thinking about:
What is a city/town based Movement Day?
A Movement Day in a city/town is essentially a wide conversation about the future of your place and the role the whole church has to play in that future. It may be an event for one or two days and may well be repeated a number of times over the next few years.
1. A opportunity to gather: A Movement Day expression in your city/town is firstly an opportunity for many christians who share a passion to bless their places to meet, to find out what everyone is doing, to pray for each other and seek to build a more co-ordinated and strategic approach.
2. An opportunity to develop some vision: It is a time when the christians in a city/town can begin to ask some big questions about the present and the future
Who needs to be part of the conversation?
We are suggesting that a MD conversation involves church leaders, leaders of christian organisations/charities, prayer movements and christians involved in the city in the spheres. We are also suggesting that leaders of public services be involved in the conversation at appropriate moments.
Must we have a fully formed unity movement in place before we host a conversation?
Ideally, yes. It is important that the conversation builds on the foundational work of a long term relational, prayerful and missional movement of church and charity leaders. However there may already be some very good relationships in the city but without an official structure, and a MD conversation may provide the opportunity to be more co-ordinated and strategic in your joint mission.
What should a Movement Day conversation focus on?
We are encouraging MD conversations to work towards developing a 15 year vision for the city. This will create some exciting dreams and monitor-able outcomes.
What happens during a Movement Day conversation?
Every Movement Day will look and feel and different, because every city is unique in culture and context. However there will be an underlining approach.
Information : Key information and insight on understanding your city (Needs/ assets/ history/ personality/ state of the church.)
Conversation: Focus on relational based conversations and group work.
Prayer: Focus on prayer, worship and creativity to set the event in
the right context.
Inspiration: Short inspirational talks from a wide sector of people in the city and from the national and international context.
Outcomes: Defining measurable actions that need to be undertaken by working groups.
Identifying networks that need to be set up to further the vision in the cultural spheres.
What are the main values that need to be lived and outworked in an MD Conversation?
1. Relationships matter
Our approach is relational - with God and with each other. Relationships are the bedrock of transformation and the means through which meaningful action and change takes place. The message of the Gospel is one of personal relationship with God and is the starting point for all other relationships. Town and city transformation will only be achieved if we relate
strongly to Jesus, each other, between churches and with the
2. Places Matter:
God loves our places and calls us to bless them (Jeremiah 29:7). Each of us are uniquely positioned within a place and we think these places are important. The Bible is all about place from Eden to Egypt, from Israel to Babylon, from Bethlehem to Jerusalem, from Antioch to Iconium, Lystra, Philippi, Athens, Corinth, Ephesus and Rome. It is by no accident that Paul addresses the church of a place (e.g.: the church of Thessalonica) and sees Church as key to the transformation of our cities and towns
3. Holistic Transformation:
Transformation must be both spiritual, cultural and social. We need to be intentional about seeking God, sharing God and our values, collaborating together for the sake of our places. We need to be engaging with all areas of society which make up the pieces of the communities in which we live and work. We are praying for people to become more like Christ, the church to act more like the Body of Christ, and for the wider community to become
more of a reflection of the Kingdom of God.
Jesus prayed that ‘we might be one’ (John 21:17). We believe we need unity for long-lasting transformation of our places. Encouraging people to work and collaborate together is at the heart of what we do. The unity of the church across denominational, racial, generational and geographic lines is the best evidence of God’s love to an unbelieving world. A common focus and purpose unifies. True unity embraces diversity.
Transformation starts, continues and ends with prayer. We can unify with one another as we seek God together through prayer. It is a vital component in shifting the spiritual, social and cultural landscape of our places. Prayer brings God into the picture.