What is the Common Good Conference?

cg2017 is a unique conference experience hosted in 20 different locations across the country. This year’s conference theme is Churches for the Common Good. Churches are not just called to seek their own flourishing. Instead, gospel-centered churches seek the flourishing of all people. That is, they seek the common good. How do we do that? We will look at how to seek the common good of our neighborhoods, our workplaces, and our cities.

Why attend?

Featuring a combination of simulcast presentations from nationally-known authors and speakers in addition to live presentations from local practitioners in your area, cg2017 will empower the local church as a primary agent of cultural renewal for the common good.

  • Connect with local believers and churches committed to the good of your city.
  • Hear from national speakers like Andy Crouch, Amy Sherman, and Tom Nelson.
  • Interact with local leaders from your city who will share practical implications from their experience.

How do I register?

Join us in a city near you as we explore the vital role of the church in pursuing and promoting the common good in our workplaces, cities, and neighborhoods.

 

Sponsors

National Speakers

Senior Communication Strategist, John Templeton Foundation
Former Executive Editor, Christianity Today
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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.

 

President, Made to Flourish
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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.  

 

Senior Fellow and Director, Center on Faith in Communities, Sagamore Institute
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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. 

 

Senior Pastor, Evangel Ministries, Michigan
Campus Dean, Moody Theological Seminary, Michigan
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Pastor Brooks is the Senior Pastor of Evangel Ministries, a thriving 1600 member church in the heart of Detroit.  In 2009, Christopher published his first book, Kingdom Dreaming and finished his second book, Urban Apologetics in 2014.  He is also the daily host of “Equipped for Life”, airing daily on the Salem Network, 1500 AM and a national live show “Equipped with Chris Brooks”, airing daily on Moody Radio. He was appointed the Campus Dean of Moody Theological Seminary’s Michigan Campus in September, 2013.

 

CEO/Founder at Real Life Center for Entrepreneurial and Leadership Excellence, VA
Lead Pastor/Founder at Real Life Church, VA

Dr. Papazov was born to a Christian family in communist Bulgaria, then later immigrated to the United States. She has successfully started and led four small businesses, taught at colleges and universities and pastored in various capacities. While pastoring in Maryland, Svetlana established a Faith and Community Partnership Prototype, working with the St. Mary’s County School District to provide job readiness training and resources for parents and students.

 

SURGE TEAM – Phoenix, AZ – Website | Facebook | Twitter

Jim Mullins is the Pastor of Theological and Vocational Formation for Redemption Church and helps lead the Surge Network. He has worked as a pastor, entrepreneur, nonprofit leader, and basketball scout in Turkey. He’s the co-founder of several organizations, including the International Guild of Visual Peacemakers, Uzbek Entrepreneurship Initiative, and Peace Catalyst International. Jim and his family spend time watching basketball, cooking Middle Eastern food, and being completely ineffective gardeners.

 

Aaron Dailey works bi-vocationally as Pastor of Redemption Church Alhambra and as the Business Development Director for Joseph’s Coat Painting. As a Pastor he loves discipling leaders, setting a diverse family culture, and preaching God’s word. As a businessman he loves crafting company culture, developing marketing through narrative, and is passionate about people knowing how their work matters. He has been married to Dana for 15 years and they have 5 children.

 

Brian Brown is the owner of Joseph’s Coat Painting, which has served the greater Phoenix area since 1999 as a residential and commercial interior and exterior painting company. Brian has a deep passion for bringing restoration to spaces through painting, making the city beautiful and reflecting the redemption required because of what sin has caused. He is passionate about providing jobs, serving the city and showing how work matters.

 

Oye Waddell is the Executive Director of Hustle PHX, a nonprofit organization that trains and equips highly motivated entrepreneurs to create sustainable business ventures in under-resourced communities throughout Phoenix. In addition to his work with Hustle PHX, Waddell teaches at Arizona State University as a Faculty Associate for the Department of Entrepreneurship and Innovation. He is also a pastor at New City Church in Downtown Phoenix, where he lives with his wife and four children.

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8:00:     Welcome
8:10:      Session 1: Flourishing Leaders in the Church, Tom Nelson
8:45:      Testimonial Video
8:50:      Local Talk: Flourishing Leaders
9:05:      Q&A
9:20:      Table Conversations
9:30:      Morning Break
9:45:      Session 2: Flourishing Workers in the Workplace, Amy Sherman and the Surge Team
10:20:    Local Talk: Flourishing Workers
10:35:    Q&A
10:50:    Table Conversations
11:00:    Morning Break
11:15:     Session 3: Flourishing Culture in the City, Andy Crouch
11:50:    Testimonial Video
11:55:     Lunch
12:40:    Session 4: Flourishing Neighborhoods in the Economy, Christopher Brooks and Svetlana Papazov
1:15:      Local Talk: Flourishing Neighborhoods
1:30:      Q&A
1:45:      Table Conversations
1:55:      Vision for a Flourishing City
2:00:     Conference Ends
9:00:     Welcome
9:10:      Session 1: Flourishing Leaders in the Church, Tom Nelson
9:45:      Testimonial Video
9:50:      Local Talk: Flourishing Leaders
10:05:    Q&A
10:20:    Table Conversations
10:30:    Morning Break
10:45:    Session 2: Flourishing Workers in the Workplace, Amy Sherman and the Surge Team
11:20:    Table Conversations
11:30:    Lunch
12:15:    Session 3: Flourishing Culture in the City, Andy Crouch
12:50:   Testimonial Video
12:55:   Local Talk: Flourishing Culture
1:10:     Q&A
1:25:     Afternoon break
1:40:     Session 4: Flourishing Neighborhoods in the Economy, Christopher Brooks and Svetlana Papazov
2:15:     Local Talk
2:30:    Q&A
2:45:     Table Conersations
2:55:     Vision for a Flourishing City
3:00:     Conference Ends
10:00:    Welcome
10:10:     Session 1: Flourishing Leaders in the Church, Tom Nelson
10:45:     Testimonial Video
10:50:     Local Talk: Flourishing Leaders
11:05:     Q&A
11:20:     Table Conversations
11:30:     Morning Break
11:45:     Session 2: Flourishing Workers in the Workplace, Amy Sherman and the Surge Team
12:20:    Table Conversations
12:30:    Lunch
1:15:       Session 3: Flourishing Culture in the City, Andy Crouch
1:50:      Testimonial Video
1:55:      Local Talk: Flourishing Culture
2:10:     Q&A
2:20:     Table Conversations
2:30:     Break
2:40:     Session 4: Flourishing Neighborhoods in the Economy, Christopher Brooks and Svetlana Papazov
3:15:      Local Talk: Flourishing Neighborhoods
3:30:     Q&A
3:45:     Table Conversations
3:55:     Vision for a Flourishing City
4:00:     Conference Ends
11:00:     Local Site Introductions
11:05:     Welcome
11:10:     Session 1: Flourishing Leaders in the Church, Tom Nelson
11:45:     Testimonial Video
11:50:     Table Conversations
12:00:     Lunch
12:45:    Session 2: Flourishing Workers in the Workplace, Amy Sherman and the Surge Team
1:20:      Local Talk: Flourishing Workers
1:35:      Q&A
1:50:      Table Conversations
2:00:     Afternoon Break
2:15:      Session 3: Flourishing Culture in the City, Andy Crouch
2:50:     Testimonial Video
2:55:     Local Talk: Flourishing Culture
3:10:     Q&A
3:20:     Table Conversations
3:30:     Break
3:40:     Session 4: Flourishing Neighborhoods in the Economy, Christopher Brooks and Svetlana Papazov
4:15:      Local Talk: Flourishing Economy
4:30:     Q&A
4:45:     Table Conversations
4:55:     Vision for a Flourishing City
5:00:     Conference Ends

Previous Conferences

See what we did for the previous Common Good conferences and listen to the messages online.

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Register

Early Bird Registration (ends Aug 31): $99 for Kansas City, $79 for City Sites
Registration (Sept 1-Oct 12): $119 for Kansas City, $99 for City Sites
At the Door Registration (Oct 13): $129 for Kansas City, $109 for City Sites

Group Registration

If you bring a group of 4 or more, each member of your group will receive 20% off their ticket (reflected in the ticket price). Click here for group registration.

Individual Registration

Register below by selecting the number of tickets you need for your location, and then clicking the “Order Now” button at the bottom to check out through Eventbrite.

If you are a pastor and have joined our Made to Flourish pastors’ network, click on the “Enter Promotional Code” link at the top of the box below and enter the promotion code MTFPASTORS to get a $20 discount.

Sponsorships

As a gathering of 300 individuals in Kansas City, along with over 1000 more in 20 host sites across the country, cg2017 is made possible by friends and colleagues like you who understand the vital importance of pursuing the common good. Thank you for considering how you or your organization can participate. Please email Kevin Harlan if you are interested or have any questions.

cg2017 Partner

Suggested donation: $10,000

  • 8 complimentary tickets to cg2017
  • Business, organization, or individual’s name listed on the website and resource bag
  • Full-size exhibit table in the reception/break area
  • PowerPoint slide for your individual organization that rotates on screens during breaks
  • Product distribution of one item to all attendees
  • Full-page ad space in the conference program book
  • Post-event private dinner (2 seats per partner)
  • Recognized from the stage as a conference partner

cg2017 Sponsor

Suggested donation: $5,000

  • 4 complimentary tickets to cg2017
  • Business, organization, or individual’s name listed on the website, resource bag, and in conference program book
  • Full-size exhibit table in the reception/break area
  • PowerPoint slide for your individual organization that rotates on screens during breaks
  • Product distribution of one item to all attendees

cg2017 Friend

Suggested donation: $1,500

  • 2 complimentary tickets to cg2017
  • Business, organization, or individual’s name listed on the website and in conference program book
  • Full-size exhibit table in the reception/break area

cg2017 City Host Site Sponsors

Food Sponsor

Suggested donation: $2000 / or food preparation for 100+ people

  • Recognized from the stage as a conference sponsor for the food
  • 4 complimentary tickets to the conference

Site Sponsor

Suggested donation: $2000 / or hosting event on-site

  • Recognized from the stage as a conference sponsor for the site
  • 4 complimentary tickets to the conference

General Sponsor

Suggested donation: $500+

  • Recognized from the stage as a conference sponsor
  • 2 complimentary tickets to the conference

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