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.
Patrice Tsague of The Nehemiah Project & Biblical Entrepreneurship
Patrice Tsague is a business trainer, preacher, speaker and coach with a unique ability to combine entrepreneurship principles with biblical wisdom. He also specializes in helping families incorporate their faith into their business practices, ensuring that their business is able to exist beyond the third generation. Along with his wife Gina he created the Biblical Entrepreneurship Certificate Training Program to help individuals build kingdom businesses. Patrice is a sought after speaker, trainer, and coach with over 20 years experience. He is the author of several books and training curriculums; How to Start & Operate a Business based on Biblical Principles, The 40 Days Biblical Entrepreneurship Coaching Guide, Nothing But a Jar of Oil, Biblical Entrepreneurship, The Young Biblical Entrepreneur, Purpose and Profitability and Couples in Business. He is the Co-Founder of Nehemiah Project International Ministries and Kingdom Business Coaching LLC, and serves as the Chief Servant Officer of the Nehemiah Project. He is married to his life partner and best friend Gina; they have two beautiful children; Gabrielle and Danielle.
As Chief Services Officer, Lisa Schultz is responsible for the alignment of CNL Financial Group’s strategy, brand, culture and leadership to accelerate organizational performance. She facilitates the development and communication of CNL’s strategic architecture and integrates those plans with business management systems. In addition, she oversees all facets of the private alternative investment firm’s marketing, communications and human capital management. This includes corporate and product messaging, investor communications, community development, public affairs, brand, leadership development, performance management and total rewards. She also serves as a member of the CNL Financial Group Board of Directors.
Mrs. Schultz has more than 25 years of experience in real estate and financial services, including leadership roles with Bank of America, NationsBank and Barnett Bank. She holds a Master of Arts in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Appalachian State University.
A strategic and discerning leader, she is passionate about making a difference in the community. Mrs. Schultz uses her unique combination of skills to serve a variety of nonprofit organizations. She is Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for Grace Medical Home, which provides exceptional healthcare to uninsured residents in Central Florida, and is on the Board of Directors for LIFT Orlando, a group committed to breaking the cycle of poverty through neighborhood revitalization. Mrs. Schultz is also a Board Member of James Madison Institute, Florida’s premier free-market think tank. In addition, she is the founder of J4 Leaders, a network of encouragement for Christian women leaders, and serves on the Advisory Board for The Collaborative, a culture-shaping faith, work, and economcis ministry at First Presbyterian Church of Orlando.
She previously has served on other nonprofit Boards, including United Arts, Lifework Leadership and Soderquist Center for Leadership and Ethics.
Dr. Case Thorp serves as the Senior Associate Pastor for Evangelism at the First Presbyterian Church of Orlando. That includes leading the church's faith and work work, The Collaborative.
Case is married to Jodi, and they have three beautiful children, Alexandra, Charles, and Brooks. They enjoy their downtown Orlando home, community, and Florida living. Favorites include The Strand, the Urban Bike Trail, Bear Gully Classic Reserve, Voices of Liberty, and Boca Grande.
Originally from Atlanta, Case is a pastor who has served in New Jersey, Texas, California, and Louisiana. Case serves as the Made to Flourish Network co-director for Orlando, a faith & work network for pastors. Teaching is his passion. He teaches for The Collaborative the Gotham Fellowship and the Orlando Fellows, and other seminars. He serves as adjunct faculty for Palm Beach Atlantic University and Reformed Theological Seminary. Case posts blogs on faith and work regularly for The Green Room Blog and has been published in the Orlando Sentinel and Wall Street Journal.
Educational stops along the way have included Oxford College (AA), Emory University (BA), Princeton Theological Seminary (MDIV), and Fuller Theological Seminary (DMIN in Missional Ecclesiology).
Case enjoys time engaging the arts, urban design, politics, cycling and swimming, and both a NYT and WSJ in Starbucks. Read some of his editorials and blog posts at www.casethorp.com.