With Andy Crouch
One of the greatest challenges the Christian church has faced throughout history is responding faithfully to the culture around it. At various times, the church has chosen to condemn it, to critique it, to copy it, and/or to consume it.
Although each of these postures can have their place, Andy Crouch asserts that God calls us to take a more proactive stance towards our culture. As Christians we are called to be culture makers—meaning that we are to use the power we have been given to cultivate and to create culture that honors God and helps others in our world to flourish. Whether involved in “professional ministry” or in “secular” vocations (as students, dentists, accountants, stay-at-home parents, etc.), we all bear God’s creative image and are called to participate with God in shaping the world that God so loves.
On Friday, January 24, 2014, The Veritas et Caritas Institute at Front Range Christian School hosted a 2-stage event on the topic of culture making. During the day, students from across the Denver area came together for a symposium exploring the ways that we can faithfully cultivate and create culture in our lives and schools. Then, adults from across the Denver metro gathered for an evening exploring the topic of culture-making with Andy Crouch, executive editor of the magazine Christianity Today and author of the influential books Culture Making and Playing God. Our hope was that this event would be a catalyst that can help communities across the Front Range consider together how they can more faithfully demonstrate God’s love to the world.
An Evening with Andy Crouch
The primary goal of the Veritas et Caritas Institute at Front Range Christian School is to help both youth and adults think and act as faithful followers of Jesus. To that end, we hosted our 2nd annual symposium, The Christian Call to Culture-Making: An Evening with Andy Crouch.
About Andy Crouch
Andy is the author of Playing God:Redeeming the Gift of Power, published in October 2013. His book Culture Making: Recovering Our Creative Calling, won Christianity Today’s 2009 Book Award for Christianity and Culture and was named one of the best books of 2008 by Publisher’s Weekly, Relevant, Outreach, and Leadership. In December 2012, he became executive editor of Christianity Today, where he is also executive producer of This Is Our City, a multi-year project featuring documentary video, reporting, and essays about Christians seeking the flourishing of their cities.
Andy serves on the governing boards of Fuller Theological Seminary and Equitas Group, a philanthropic organization focused on ending child exploitation in Haiti and Southeast Asia. He is a senior fellow of the International Justice Mission’s IJM Institute and a member of the Board of Advisors for the John Templeton Foundation. His writing has appeared in The Wall Street Journal and in several editions of Best Christian Writing and Best Spiritual Writing. He lives with his family in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania.
From 1998 to 2003, Andy was the editor-in-chief of re:generation quarterly, a magazine for an emerging generation of culturally creative Christians. For ten years, he was a campus minister with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at Harvard University. He studied classics at Cornell University and received an M.Div. summa cum laude from Boston University School of Theology. A classically trained musician who draws on pop, folk, rock, jazz, and gospel, he has led musical worship for congregations of five to 20,000.
Our hope was that the evening might serve as a catalyst for discussion and culture-making among communities of Christians along the Front Range. Here is a video of the entire presentation:
If you are a church leader and are considering using the event as a catalyst for exploring culture making with small groups, adult education classes, etc., we recommend the following curricula:
- Culture Making Study Guide to accompany Andy Crouch’s first book Culture Making
- 210 Project – An exploration of personal vocation in light of God’s story
- Faith 360 – Under development by the New City Commons Foundation, this curriculum looks at what it means to have a public faith in the 21st century. The curricular materials are provided free of charge to groups that attend the evening event with Andy Crouch. An outline and description can be found here: Culture Faith360. If you would like to see or use the rest of this new curriculum, please contact Kevin Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org.