including a diverse cadre of local leaders sharing best practices for city transformation
or Breakout Sessions; partnering with leaders and organizations in a specific field to collaborate and tackle certain “stubborn facts” of our city
celebration, worship, performances, artistic expression, renowned speakers to inspire, accelerate and catalyse the gospel movement in our city.
fast-paced TED style talks providing an opportunity to offer stories of best practices, fostering creative collaboration and curiosity among church and sphere leaders from various backgrounds, giving examples on how to thoughtfully engage with our city and culture.
provide the opportunity to go deeper into or focusing on certain aspect of the issue, inviting more dialogue plus time for networking, relationship building as well as prayers.
Joshua Chan, Ken Chan, Eric Tong
Gospel movements in cities across the globe need unity, shared vision and a positive public image. Large scale, city-wide, evangelistic proclamation events often serve as the impetus – a rallying point – for leaders from all parts of the body to work together and accelerate the movement.
After much anticipation and preparation, 7 large scale Evangelistic Gatherings have been successfully held during the Hong Kong Gospel Festival 2017. While city leaders unite and serve together, we also learn to identify models, types of partnership and other essential ingredients that can further propel and accelerate the gospel movement.
Session I For Whom Are You Working
Are you feeling burnt out? Are you frustrated at not being able to see the purpose of your work? Come hear the success stories of God's redemptive plans and the speakers' answers to God's call to serve in the bank, NGO, professional services and arts sector.
Stephen Wong, Ricky Yu, Ada Li
Catherine Kwong (Only on March 23)
Lung Kwong Lo (Only on March 24)
Housing is one of the biggest problems in Hong Kong. While the scale of the problem is large and overwhelming, are there lessons that we can draw from experiences of how churches and Christians may participate and be part of the solutions? We would update the recent developments in Hong Kong related to Land and Housing, and share some of the experiences of the panelists. We hope to inspire more actions and collaborations among churches and Christians to rise up and tackle this issue together.
We would give an overview of the housing problems in Hong Kong and share a few examples of current social housing projects originated from the Christian communities.
Based on the discussions in Session I, we would like to draw inputs from the audiences to discuss what else can be done to address this problem, as a lot of Christians and churches are well endowed with resources that can be mobilized to create more solutions and pilots.
Session I The Church and Social Justice
The call for justice in society is greatest amongst the young who feel strongly about injustice and inequality. At the same time the church, which is called to be a ‘city on a hill’ whose light cannot be hidden, has largely neglected its mandate to demonstrate God’s heart of justice, love and concern for the marginalized and oppressed. This session will re-establish the theological foundation and human rights ethic for the church to re-engage with society.
Input 1: The role of the church in society - Tony Read
Input 2: Theology of Justice - Andrew Gardener
Input 3: Human Rights - Patricia Ho on Friday / Dennis Kwok on Saturday
Input 4: The Church in Action - Rev Phyllis Wong
Session II The Church and Advocacy
An interactive exchange about ways of developing a concern for social justice in the church from a leader’s perspective and from that of a young believer. It will provide an introduction to the role of NGO’s and encourage focus groups around the issues of refugees, anti-trafficking and local community and considering appropriate ways of conducting advocacy.
A ‘how-to’ in getting started with social justice in the church with examples; partnering with ngo’s; and discussion groups
The penetration of Christianity in HK as measured by “registered” Christians in the local church system, including those attending Catholic churches, is roughly 7%, while various researches show almost one out of six people identifies themselves as Christians. New or dormant believers birthed/revived through marketplace ministries partly explain for this gap which became strategic opportunities for the “Church” in the marketplace. Marketplace ministries have evolved from the traditional office cell groups to the recent vibrant marketplace Church communities. Networks of networks are arising, from profession or location based fellowships, to spontaneous communities of marketplace Christians gathering together for prayers, evangelism and life discussions to fill the “church” vacuum from Monday to Friday. Would the expressions of these fast growing marketplace Church communities in non-traditional formats and explosive dynamics call for a reengineering of the traditional local church planting model? This track aims to review this latest landscape of the Marketplace Missions Movement and explore possibilities of a collaboration between the local churches and the marketplace churches to develop this wave into a powerful 21st century church growth engine for HK.
Various speakers will share and analyse the reasons leading to the vigorous growth of marketplace ministries in the past decade. There will be a panel discussion to invite ideas and propositions that will bring about more effective Kingdom penetration in the marketplace.
We will look at the latest marketplace missions movement and showcase a few testimonies to illustrate how new expressions of churches are happening in the marketplace. We shall also invite participants to join our discussions to develop into workable initiatives for effective marketplace missions movement in the next 12 months.
Leora Caylor, Ricky Nyhoff
Session I Embracing Imagination, Creative Expression and Excellence in the Church
Creative expression can sometimes feel elusive, best left in the hands of artists and on the fringes of church life. But it's not! Creativity is part of our DNA; and we have the unique opportunity to channel creativity into moving stories and messages of hope that inspire the Church and lead the culture around us. The Creative Spark Track is designed to offer insights on how you can cultivate a ministry environment where creativity is championed, innovation - good and "bad" ideas - are welcomed, and thoughtful and purposeful risks are taken.
Session II Practical Ways to Kickstart Creativity in Your Ministry
Ok. Now it's time to get practical. Join Part II of The Creative Spark Track to dive into practical ways kickstart creativity in your ministry. From forming a creative roundtable and turning creativity into an easy, daily habit, to stoking creative embers when you feel idea-less, to figuring out where to start and what to focus on when your resources are limited or your team is small but mighty. We'll open up the floor for discussion, and have the opportunity to learn from each other during this second hour.
Susanna Wong, Charles Yu, Eddie Chan, Nicole Ip
Move it! We hope love can move around to impact on people outside of our sphere of life. Society is an invisible container holding people’s dreams and hopes. Society is also a place of diversity and division. A society may easily be lost in fighting problems and getting rid of abnormality.
But mental health is about prevention and proactive education. We must not be limited by the walls of counseling rooms, but go out to the places in need of help. Learn to live with problems, accept those who are suffering. Replace restriction by acceptance, use love and care instead of fear and separation. We must embrace a wider and more systemic perspective on treating mental problems to instill hope and possibilities.
Some recent efforts in community outreach and education include Rainbow Cadet Program for school children to teach self-help mental health, women support group working with Mary Kay agents, special seminars on current issues with Gratia College, parenting courses and seminars for churches, schools and communities, and other collaborations with business groups and Secret Garden (NGO to promote counseling without walls). We invite you to join us and let us work together to synergize this city!
本港最新貧窮人口比率顯示，每五人就有一人活在貧窮線底下。扶貧、脫貧的 工作已經刻不容緩。我們需要匯聚社會資本和人力資本，群策群力，創造社會 能力，提升年青一輩上流機會，開拓前路。今次扶貧工作坊將集合民間各界力 量，分享學術界、教育界、商界、機構和教會團體主導,配搭合作的成功個案和 服侍模式，以新思維實踐信仰，在扶貧網絡中全方位探討和處理貧窮問題。 我們歡迎每一位出席者的意見和參與。讓我們身體力行，以行動回應貧窮問題 ，遏止跨代貧窮情況惡化。藉信、望、愛，推動身邊的弟兄姊妹參與扶貧、滅 貧、防貧工作， 建立一個使命性的門徒社群，逐漸成為社會運動，最終轉化整 個香港！
Since the first modern 24/7 prayer altar has appeared in Jerusalem in 1989, different degrees of 24/7 prayer altars have sprung up in all nations. There is no exception in Hong Kong, with several prayer altars operating in the direction of 24/7.
What is the relationship between 24/7 prayer altar and city revival harvest? Why do we have to build prayer altars? Why do we have to pray 24/7 continuously? What are the difficulties in promoting this kind of prayer? How many people do we need before we have enough manpower to promote 24/7prayer?
Apart from the subject of prayer altar, different speakers will share with you different types of prayer movements in Hong Kong, such as the 52-weeks prayer movement, Scripture-based prayers (Lectio divina), the Hong Kong Day of Prayer, and marketplace prayer movement.
The aim of the existence of several prayer promoting organizations in the city, and a united Hong Kong Prayer Day, is to revive Hong Kong and lead Hong Kong into great harvest. Therefore, in this city different 24/7 prayer altars have appeared, different prayer handbooks were published. There are different but united prayers and networks and have different types of prayers, e.g. prayer walk, high place prayers, fasting prayer, etc.
Participants are welcome to share these prayer movements, contribute your ideas about prayer, and how to motivate people to participate in different prayer movements so that this city can enter into revival and great harvest.
Social entrepreneurship is gaining increasing acceptance by the public as well as by the media. The current policy on social housing was also triggered by the success of a social enterprise on housing.
In addition to poverty alleviation, the core concept of social entrepreneurship can also be re-packaged so that it can be applied to other sectors or segments for societal betterment. Current applications include being a consumer education on the habit of “Swap for Good”; being a corporate strategy aims at creating shared value on top of CSR; being social innovations in civil-society organizations to improve their cost-effectiveness and sustainability; being a module in Liberal Study in colleges to foster social consciousness in our next generation; and finally being a Sunday school program in churches on a new type of local cross-cultural ministry.
Movement Day is more than a day! It’s a movement of Christian leaders impacting a city together through the Gospel. God is clearly catalyzing Christian leaders from around the globe to care for their cities by praying, collaborating, evangelizing, and investing resources—together.
Movement Day Hong Kong is inspired and encouraged by the vision to see Movement Day conversations, after its inception in NYC in 2010, in many cities and nations across the globe, 12 in 2017 and many more planned in 2018. We are deeply thankful to Mac Pier and the New York City Leadership Centre who carry this vision and cheer us on. However this is a movement and not an organization so we are responsible for raising our own resources and shaping our own conversations.
There is a unique opportunity and urgency to unite and empower Christian leaders to change cities through Gospel Movement** and impact today’s urban issues of, but not limited to, Poverty, Housing, Youth and Justice.
When a city’s Christian population is growing faster than the general population. Where a critical mass of believers gather, Christianity begins to have a disproportionate effect on the population’s values and beliefs. The gospel begins to spread organically and spontaneously, without external control.
The Gospel Movement Includes:
Local Churches Integrating to Reach New Individuals
Leaders Transforming the Lives of the Marginalized
Leaders Exercising their Faith & Influence Across Society
City-Wide Networks that Develop & Connect Leaders
Convene leaders from diverse backgrounds to assess the most pressing issues of our city
Collaborte to shape solutions with the support of compelling research
Catalyse and inspire leaders to action with prayers, networking and relationship building