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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.

Date:    16th January 2018

Time:    11am-3pm

City:      London

Venue:     Evangellical Alliance

                176 Copenhagen Street,

                London

                N1 0ST

 

 

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Date:    18th January 2018

Time:    11am-3pm

City:      Manchester

Venue:   The Church of England Diocese of Manchester

               Training Room 1, 3rd Floor, Church House,

               90 Deansgate,

               Manchester

               M3 2GH

 

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Who do we need to bring and what do we need to do to make sure we make the most from the introductory days?

 

  1. Bring a small team: We would strongly suggest that at least one other person from your city/town comes to the session and ideally a small team of between 3-5 people. Please try and make the sure the small delegation is made up of a mixture of church leaders, christian organisation leaders and at least one person in the cultural spheres of life. Movement Days will only work if is there is a strong buy in across the city/town from churches, organisations and christian leaders in the influential work spheres.

 

  1. Come on behalf of a unity movement. If your city/town has an organised unity expression, it would help if you were able to attend the day as their representatives. This will enable you to report back and make some plans together for the future. If you don't have an organised expression of unity we encourage you to talk about the idea of a Movement Day in your place with other leaders and see if there is interest before you come.

 

 

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

 

  • What are the things you love about your place and what do you want to see transformed over the next 15 years?
  • What is the state of Christian witness in the area and where do things need to change/improve to see more social, cultural and spiritual transformation.
  • How co-ordinated and strategic is the wider body of christ and where does it need to develop to enable greater unity of spirit and purpose.
  • How can you work together to see Christians in the main cultural sphere of life, validated, resourced, released and networked to effect the city/town.
  • Who are the key secular partners with whom you need to develop closer working relationships to begin to see the 15 year vision come about.

 

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.

  • How many churches need to be planted in the next 15 years and where?
  • What are the main social, cultural and spiritual needs of the city/town and what needs to happen to see significant change over this period?
  • What is the big prayer goal for the city?
  • What is the vision for the health service, business, arts, education etc?
  • What is the vision for people coming to faith and being discipled?
  • What is the vision for partnership with public, private and third sector organisations to achieve key parts of this vision?
  • What is the big issue we need to work and pray together on over the next year to see significant change?

 

 

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

wider community.

 

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.

 

4. Unity:

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.

 

5. Prayer:

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.