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Movement Day Global Cities (MDGC) produced by The New York City Leadership Center (NYCLC), is a 3-day global gathering to be held in New York City at the Jacob Javits Convention Center (655 West 34th Street, New York, NY 10001) October 25-27, 2016. The event is hosted in collaboration with the Lausanne Movement, founded 40 years ago by Dr. Billy Graham and Dr. John Stott.

Movement Day Global Cities is a catalytic, international event designed to transform cities by impacting today’s urban issues through the application of the Gospel and collaborative leadership. MDGC was birthed out of The NYCLC’s annual Movement Day congress in New York City.  Since 2010, cumulatively 6,500 catalytic leaders representing Christian ministries, churches, businesses, seminaries, universities and foundations have convened at Movement Day to collaborate on urban ministry and leadership development. Movement Day gathers a critical mass of Christian leaders from the same city, with their peers from other global cities, in the same room, with the same research, to design the future – together, for Christ’s glory.

MDGC represents a momentous gathering of 3,000 Christian leaders from cities around the world, perhaps the first of its type - focused on city transformation - in all of church history.  The vision of MDGC is to celebrate what God is doing in the major urban cities of the world, as well as to accelerate Gospel Movements in those cities through collaborative efforts.  We expect 1,000 international leaders, 1,000 North American leaders and 1,000 Metro New York leaders to be in attendance.

We are identifying New York City area ministries to host all international leaders. Scholarships will be made available to cover a percentage of registration costs. International leaders would be responsible to cover airfare expenses.  

The purpose of MDGC is four-fold: 

  • “C” See: to inspire you with stories of how God already is transforming cities through Gospel Movements. 

  • Connect: to facilitate the building of relationships with like-minded leaders to learn from each other. 

  • Change: to impact cities by equipping you with best practices and practical tools for city transformation and established ways to measure city transformation. 

  • Commission: to empower you and your team to transform your city through Gospel Movements. 

This congress will take place over three days with morning plenaries, afternoon breakout sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday, and include celebratory opening and closing ceremonies.  Thursday afternoon will be devoted to city teams debriefing what they’ve learned and planning their next steps together. We’ll focus on one theme each day:

  • Day 1: The Glory and Challenges of City Gospel Movements

  • Day 2: Younger Leaders and the Opportunities in City Gospel Movements

  • Day 3: Marketplace Leaders and their Central Role in Gospel Movements

World-renown plenary speakers, topic experts and urban practitioners will share innovative practices to influence global issues and key population groups in our cities.  Details and updates about the Global Congress can be reviewed online at  For registration details, please contact Stephanie Shelow at,