On September 9-11, 2009, between 350 and 500 leaders from over 84 global cities will gather in New York City for the Global Cities Initiative conference. These leaders—church planters, pastors, and leaders in the business and professional communities of their citie—are coming to strategize and learn together how effective church planting will enable them to further reach their cities with the gospel. This conference is a direct outgrowth of Redeemer’s vision to establish a movement of churches and ministries that changes New York City and then the world with the truth and love of the gospel.
This conference will be co-hosted by the Redeemer Church Planting Center, in partnership with Luis Bush of Transform World Connections. Tim Keller will deliver three plenary addresses on the importance of the gospel, the role of cities in shaping our culture and movement dynamics: how the transformation of a city requires a self-sustaining, organically-growing movement of ministries and networks around a core group of new churches.
The conference will also feature breakout sessions and roundtable discussions led by some of the conference participants on topics such as church multiplication, culture, and building collaborative partnerships. Our hope is that the conference will catalyze new church planting networks in each of the cities represented and the resulting gospel-centered churches will begin to minister to the people of their cities.