This year’s Movement Day NYC was a day filled with powerful messages and collaborative discussions about furthering Gospel movements in New York City. a day to convene leaders to accelerate Gospel impact for measurable social change. Movement Day NYC is more than a conference – it is a catalyst for the Body of Christ to move powerfully in the city of New York.
To that end, LEAD.NYC has moved into massive action: we will be working with Cinnamon Network U.S. to launch a bold new five-year program to incubate and measure transformational church-led programs within the ten most vulnerable zip codes across metro-New York.
Working with church, community, civic, and marketplace leaders, LEAD.NYC and Cinnamon Network U.S., will bring focused and collaborative interventions into these communities, starting with two zip codes this year, and then adding two additional communities every year for the next five years. This measured approach is designed to help ensure that the programs implemented are nurtured and supported to create lasting and measurable impact.
At this year’s Movement Day NYC, we revealed the first two zip codes: Washington Heights and East NY, Brooklyn. We are using 100% of our Movement Day registration fees to immediately fund microgrants in these communities to address four areas of critical need:
- Increasing High School graduation rates
- Improving remedial math and English scores for elementary students
- Intervening to mitigate the cycle of teen pregnancies, and
- Interrupting the revolving door of juveniles into detention facilities
When the Cinnamon Network International published its Cinnamon Faith Action Audit demonstrating how faith-based community programs deliver £3bn worth of volunteer time in U.K. communities each year, the dynamic between civic and community leaders and the church immediately changed for the better. Churches became welcomed partners to address the most pressing social needs in their communities.
Our goal is to do the same thing in New York City. To prove beyond the shadow of a doubt that churches are allies, not adversaries. To positively impact children today, and to watch that impact expand exponentially as they grow into adulthood. To witness the Gospel come to life through our hands and hearts, prayers and programs.
The time for discussion is over. The time to move is now.