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1. Why A Gospel Movement in Dallas?
Greater Dallas is a globally significant city that is a leader in energy production, communications, and a magnet to internationals from around the world. It also has a great community of effective churches, mission agencies, and Christian marketplace talent.
Greater Dallas is also a city with an enormous spiritual and social divide:
  • Nearly 90 percent of DISD graduates can't start college without some form of remedial education in core subjects (Dallas Morning News)
  • 97% of children in South Dallas live in single parent homes
  • Less than 10% of the student population is involved in religious life (chaplain office, SMU)
  • While there is a strong Bible believing community - some of the leading denominations expect an enormous decline in the next decade
  • The Metroplex now has the nation's third greatest disparity between rich and poor of any American city, according to a new analysis from the Pew Research Center
 
2. Why Movement Day Greater Dallas (MDGD)?
The posture of MDGD is to celebrate and accelerate what God is already doing in Dallas. There is a unique dynamic that is unleashed when the body of Christ physically comes together and hears a word from God about their city.
The vision is to see "City Transformation Through Christian Communities Working Together". It takes a movement to change a city. Given the diversity of Greater Dallas racially, socio-economically, and denominationally, it is urgent to bring a critical mass of the Dallas Christian community together to have visible unity, hear the same research, and to co-create/further best practices to impact the city.
 
3. What will happen at Movement Day Greater Dallas?
MDGD has two parts. The first part is hearing vision for what a transformed city does look like and can look like. Speakers will cast vision for what a gospel movement can do in Dallas.
The second part is a series of tracks providing an opportunity for leaders, churches, and agencies to collaborate in best practices to craft a five year strategy for a specific effort with measurable impact. Tracks range from poverty to outreach to any number of issues impacting the city.
 
4. Can you illustrate the potential impact of MDGD?
In South Dallas where 97% of the children are living in single parent homes, one church has hired three staff to lead a mentoring program for 500 young people. At MDGD a vision could be cast to nine other churches to do to the same thing, and you could have 5000 children mentored and transformed spiritually.
This could be done initiative after initiative - planting new churches, adopting third grading classrooms to teach literacy, addressing the needs of refugees - all to reach a measurable result over the next five to ten years and transform individuals for the Gospel.
 
5. Why partner with New York City?
New York City is considered to be the most globally influential city. Since 2012, more than 360 cities from around the world have come to New York City for Movement Day as a global event. Led by Mac Pier of The New York City Leadership Center and Tim Keller of Redeemer City to City, fifty years of intellectual property and experience are being invested in Dallas to bring this model of collaboration for ministry and marketplace leaders in order to produce innovative initiatives that best meet the needs of Dallas. Co-investing in each other's movements will create a model that can spread to other cities globally.
 
6. Why invest in MDGD?
MDGD has as its core vision bringing about measurable impact through spiritual transformation in Dallas. Over the next five-to-ten years leaders will create exponential impact through existing best practices that can be planted around the region. Unity in the church matters to Jesus. Unity in the church will produce exponentially greater transformation than what has even been achieved to date. We have learned in the NYC model that an exponential factor of 10:1 can be achieved. In 2000, Tim Keller and Mac Pier formed the Church Multiplication Alliance. Research conducted in 2009 verified that new church plants grew the Christian population in Manhattan by 300%.