About Movement Day Australia

Movement Day Australia was launched in May 2018 at the Sydney Congress Hall and brought together hundreds of Christian leaders from different denominational, ethnic, geographical, and socio-economic sectors across Australia and the South Pacific.

Our Vision

For a gospel movement to flourish in each town and city of Australia, through a unified church, which proclaims the good news of the gospel and champions justice for the broken and destitute.

Core convictions

We share the following core convictions (not in any particular order)...

  • Humility Matters

    The humility Christ demonstrated on the cross was a beautiful and supreme response to the pride of humanity. In Philippians Paul writes “Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross” Phil 2:4-8.

    Humility in the marketplace is seen as a positive attribute that helps one remain receptive to the opportunities that lead to improvement i.e. the ability to learn through mistakes. For Christian leaders it will practically help you to genuinely connect with other likeminded Christians. Christ said in Matthew 18, “whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven”.

  • Movements Matter

    When we confront injustice in today’s culture, it’s easy to recognise the need for change. Movements are central to change, and because the Gospel is the only thing that can bring true and lasting change, advancing a gospel movement in every town and city of the nation becomes one of our core convictions.

    Movement in broad terms can be defined as a group of people working together to advance a shared goal or belief. Movement Day wants to encourage and inspire Christians in towns and cities to work together across denominational, social, generational and ethnic barriers to share the good news of the gospel which is the one hope we all share for our place.

  • Cities and Nations Matter

    Christ’s apostolic ministry was to preach the Kingdom of God to the cities of Israel. He said “I must preach the kingdom of God to the other cities also, for I was sent for this purpose” Luke 4:43. While salvation starts in each one on us personally it can’t go without saying God views cities and nations as valuable in His redemptive plan.

    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) as sees Church as key to the transformation of our cities and towns.

    God wants us to be concerned with the cities and nation. Not only was Christs purpose in Luke 4:43 clear, the great commission also asks us to “make disciples of all the nations” Matt 28:19.

  • Unity Matters

    We believe we need relational unity for long-lasting trasformation of our places. Encouraing people to work and collaborate together is at the heart of what we do.

    The prayer of Christ in John 17 taught us that the world will know Jesus once the body of Christ is brought into perfected unity, "that they may be one, just as We are one...that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me" John 17:22-23. Sadly, the world is yet to know Jesus, it may have a vague idea of what religion is, but it clearly doesn’t understand or know Christ. The proposition being that maybe we have yet to master unity as Christ intended and expects of his body. Change is then needed in both our understanding and application of unity.

    We beleive unity starts in the heart. In 1 John 4:12 it says “if we love one another God lives in us”. If we don’t love one another what does that then say? Love, and as a consequence unity, depend greatly on how well we are able to demonstrate the cross to others - the greatest example of love being the sacrifical love of Christ.

  • The Gospel Matters

    The gospel is not a set of instructions to follow or something given to us on merit, but it is the good news of Christ which has freely been given to us. The gospel is not a story of strength or force, but is one of humility, weakness, and sacrifice. Through the gospel of Christ, we receive forgiveness of sin and are renewed, made whole and complete. The gospel becomes the fundamental truth by which we frame all of life.

    When we understand the mercy of God and what it has achieved for us at the cross, we are motivated to proclaim the good news of the gospel and obey the commands of our Lord.

  • Kingdom Matters

    It's easy to be consumed with the advancement of our local churches and ministies, often at the expense of all else. Having a kingdom mindset is to "set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth" (Col 3:2). When we lift our focus to the advancement of Gods kingdom we see that it includes more than our local ministies, it also includes the church of the city. May it be a joy when we see other pastors and Christian leaders succeed and flourish in their mission in our city. How can we help them do that better?

    The Kingdom of God is one of righteousness, obedience, justice and order which is in stark contrast to the kingdom of darkness with its lawlessness, chaos, rebellion, sin and death. Advancing the kingdom of God is more important than our own ambitions, goals or agendas. Let’s have a heart to put God and His kingdom first.

  • Prayer Matters

    Prayer helps turn our attentions to God. We align our heart to His will. Jesus instructed us how to pray in Matthew 6 when he said “pray, then, in this way…”. The first three sentences of Christs prayer gave glory to God and asked for His will to be done.

    When city transformation is built on prayer it helps aligned everyone’s heart to the Fathers will. In everything we do we want to keep Christ at the centre, and prayer helps us do this. It helps Christian leaders knit their hearts together and to Gods vison and plan for their place.

  • Servant Leadership Matters

    Only a healed church can heal a broken and divided community. In an age of individulism, seeing the church restored to transform our cities requires good leadership. Christ said "For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many" Mark 10:45. Christ was a servant leader.

    A servant leader is motivated by a heart of humility and cultivates a culture of trust. They value diverse opinions and always act to see Gods kingdom expanded. The church needs leaders who can sacrificially develop and empower others.

    Servant leadership is important for any movement but for a city gospel movement it's critical.

Our History

Movement Day (MD) was launched in 2010 to bring ministry, marketplace and nonprofit leaders together from New York. Since its inception MD has seen more than 18,000 Christian leaders come together and discuss their cities around the globe.

MD Australia was launched in May 2018 at the Sydney Congress Hall and brought together hundreds of Christian leaders from different denominational, ethnic, geographical, and socio-economic sectors around Australia.

Movement Day Australia Committee

Movement Day Australia shares the same committee as One Heart Australia. Ian Shelton is the Movement Day Hub Leader for the Pacific Region and is chair of the MD Australia committee.

  • Hengki

    Hengki Widjaja

    Wollongong
  • Ian shelton

    Ian Shelton

    Toowoomba
  • Letitia shelton

    Letitia Shelton

    Toowoomba
  • Rick prosser

    Rick Prosser

    Newcastle
  • Greig whittaker

    Greigory Whittaker

    Redfern
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    Joshua Townsend

    Toowoomba
  • Andrew youngberry

    Andrew Youngberry

    Pittsworth
  • Nick scott

    Nick Scott

    Perth

Ambassadors

Movement Day Ambassadors champion the cause and are influential Christian voices from across Australia.

  • James condon

    James Condon

    Brisbane
  • Rosie kendal

    Rosie Kendal