Last year our lead pastoral team attended a Q session in New York City that featured Andy Crouch and Timothy Keller exploring what it means for Christians to be culture-making agents for the common good.
It was a fantastic experience. Keller has long been a major theological/pastoral mentor of mine, so I was looking forward to meeting him and “sitting at his feet.” What I wasn’t prepared for, however, was the impact that Crouch’s sessions would have on me. At the time of the conference I had just started to wade into Crouch’s writings (I was about half-way through Culture Making). Having written about the relationship between power and Christian leadership in my own book, Andy’s reflections brought a new level of coherence to my thinking as I was challenged to develop a more nuanced understanding of how power is connected to culture making, playing God, and the common good.
During the New York sessions I remember being struck by how timely his thoughts were to my own pastoral context and the issues facing the city of Hamilton in particular. After his third session I approached Andy and asked if he would be willing to come up to Hamilton and facilitate a TrueCity event that would help galvanize Christians in this area into a deeper engagement with his themes. He was incredibly warm to the idea, and after hearing about the TrueCity movement it only took a few emails to secure a date: January 16th, 2014.
I’m still working with the TrueCity leadership team to figure out the exact parameters of the one day event, but the following two questions will be framing our time together:
1. “What is the role of the church in pursuing the ‘common good’?”
2. “How do we [church leaders] handle power in a way that causes our churches to flourish in the pursuit of the ‘common good’?”
Although the event is still months away, I find myself increasingly excited as Andy’s influence grows and his ideas continue to resonate and build momentum within the Christian community.
If you’re new to Andy Crouch, here is a series of six short videos that give you an introduction the six big ideas found in his new book Playing God: Redeemer the Gift of Power. I hope they entice you to dive into Andy’s writings and let them shape your discipleship journey: