Common Good 2013

CG2013 was a conference designed to invigorate the mind, stretch the imagination, and create conversation that moves us to action, individually and collectively, for the common good of the city.



CG2013 was held the first weekend in April 2013. The conference was designed to invigorate the mind, stretch the imagination and create conversation that moves us to action, individually and collectively, for the common good of the city. It is our hope that CG2013 brought people together to start conversations that continued beyond our gathering time.

The conference was held at Christ Community’s Brookside Campus with plenary sessions led by Andy Crouch and Amy Sherman. We explored the intersection of faith, vocation, and culture, and how this intersection affects the common good of the city.

Our breakout groups were led by key leaders in our area and included discussion of specific topics that impact the welfare of our city.

Plenary Session Audio

Session 1: From “It Was Good” to “The Glory and Honor of the Nations”: The Story of Culture, Andy Crouch

Session 2: Connecting our Work to the Missio Dei, Amy Sherman

Session 3: Q&A with Andy Crouch and Amy Sherman

Session 4: Seeking the Common Good: The Work of Culture, Andy Crouch

Session 5: Vocational Stewardship for the Common Good, Amy Sherman

Session 6: Restoring the Image: The Hope of Culture, Andy Crouch

Breakout Session Audio

CG2013 was designed to start conversations that will continue beyond our gathering time. In order to help accomplish this goal we hosted two breakout sessions, led by a group of remarkable city leaders, which were designed to dive into specific topics that impact the common good of the city. During each session there were two categories of sessions.

A Great Place to Start

These sessions were larger in size and broader in scope. There were two topics to choose from during each breakout session.

Session 1

Session 2

Dive Deeper

These breakouts are designed to “dive deeper” into a specific topic that affects the common good of our city. They featured a larger range of topics but smaller in size. These sessions were designed to accomplish three purposes:

  1. To provide further learning on a particular topic/issue, and possible paths forward
  2. To engage breakout participants in conversations on a specific topic/issue. These discussion groups were led by key area leaders
  3. To facilitate relationship building among individuals interested in a particular topic/issue

Session 1

Session 2


Andy_Crouch250Andy Crouch is the author of Culture Making: Recovering Our Creative Calling, winner of Christianity Today’s 2009 Book Award for Christianity and Culture. This book was named one of the best books of 2008 by Publishers Weekly, Relevant, Outreach, and Leadership. In 2011 he became special assistant to the president at 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.

amy_sherman250Dr. Amy L. Sherman is a Senior Fellow at the Sagamore Institute for Policy Research, where she directs the Center on Faith in Communities. She likes to describe the work of the Center as that of being “a minister to ministries.” She provides training and consulting to churches and nonprofits seeking to transform their communities for the common good. Dr. Sherman is the author of six books and some 75+ published articles in such diverse periodicals as Christianity Today, First Things, The Public Interest, Policy Review, Prism, The Christian Century, and Books & Culture.


Bowers250_2Aaron Bowers is the managing member of Certus Advisory Partners, LLC, Mr. Bowers leads the firm’s endeavors to extract unrecognized value associated with economically and environmentally distressed real property through acquisition structure, remediation, cost recovery, and divestiture. Aaron holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Economics from the University of Kansas, a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of San Diego School of Law, and is a member of the California Bar Association. He lives in Overland Park, KS with his bride of 25 years, Tara, and their two sons Adam (16) and Sean (12).