What is the Common Good Conference?
The Common Good conference was created as a way to engage in a conversation about the common good — a subject that is not often addressed directly, especially among Christians. What is the common good? Why is the common good so central to the mission of the church? And what are some practical ways we can pursue the common good, both as individuals and churches?
This conference is for those who want to explore the role the common good should play in our Christian lives, and for those who are already working in their communities and want to dig deeper.
The theme for this year’s conference is churches for the common good. Churches are not just to seek their own flourishing, or even just the flourishing of Christians. Gospel-centered churches seek the flourishing of all people as well. That is, they seek the common good. How do we do that? We will look at seeking the common good of our neighborhoods, our workplaces, and our cities.
By bringing individuals committed to their cities together for an innovative and interactive learning experience, CG2017 will empower the local church as a primary agent of cultural renewal for the common good.
Dr. Tom Nelson is president of Made to Flourish. The author of Work Matters: Connecting Sunday Worship to Monday Work, Five Smooth Stones: Discovering the Path to Wholeness of Soul, and Ekklesia: Rediscovering God’s Design for the Church, Nelson is a regular speaker and facilitator on faith, work and economics.
Dr. Nelson is also the senior pastor of Christ Community Church in Kansas City. He has served on the Board of Regents of Trinity International University and is on the leadership team of the Oikonomia Network. He graduated with a master’s of theology degree from Dallas Theological Seminary and received his doctorate from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Tom and his wife Liz have two grown children and reside in Leawood, KS.
Dr. Amy L. Sherman, directs Sagamore Institute’s Center on Faith in Communities (CFIC). The author of six books, her most recent being, Kingdom Calling: Vocation Stewardship for the Common Good, which won recent honors as Christianity Today’s choice as Book of the Year in the Christian Living category. Dr. Sherman has also contributed to various resource guides for community development, led several Sagamore research projects and written over 80 articles and essays.
In his 2016 book Strong and Weak: Embracing a Life of Love, Risk and True Flourishing, Andy Crouch continues the compelling exploration of faith and culture found in his previous books Playing God: Redeeming the Gift of Power and Culture Making: Recovering Our Creative Calling. Andy is the former executive editor of Christianity Today and now works as a senior strategist for communication at the John Templeton Foundation. He serves on the governing boards of Fuller Theological Seminary and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. Andy was executive producer for the documentary film series Where Faith and Culture Meet and Round Trip, as well as the three-year project This Is Our City. From 1998 to 2003, he 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. A classically trained musician who draws on pop, folk, rock, jazz, and gospel, he has led musical worship for congregations of 5 to 20,000.