Common Good 2020

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Common Good 2020

What is the common good conference?

God is at work. At your work. Whether your job now mingles working from home with toys strewn about your office and Zoom calls, or your job is a completely different role than before this year, or, maybe, you don’t have work right now. God is still present. We can choose to join him in the work he is doing, growing more aware of his presence. We can more intentionally connect the faith we profess with our daily lives. What would that look like when we’re all navigating a new work normal together?

November 21st, 2020
9a.m. – 1p.m.
Common Good 2020

Who speaks at common good?

Marketplace and church leaders from around the country will join us virtually for Common Good this year. From pastors to entrepreneurs, you’ll hear stories from men and women who have invited God into their work in every stage and seek to help others flourish through their work.

Common Good Speakers

Andy Crouch

partner for theology & culture at Praxis

Praxis is an organization that works as a creative engine for redemptive entrepreneurship. His two most recent books — The Tech-Wise Family: Everyday Steps for Putting Technology in Its Proper Place and Strong and Weak: Embracing a Life of Love, Risk and True Flourishing — build on the vision of faith, culture, and the image of God. Andy serves on the governing boards of Fuller Theological Seminary and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities and is an advisor to The Repentance Project, The Pelican Project, and Revoice. His work and writing have been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Time, and several editions of Best Christian Writing and Best Spiritual Writing.

Charlie Dates

senior pastor at Chicago's Progressive
Baptist Church

Charlie earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Speech Communication and Rhetoric at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and both a Master of Divinity and Ph.D. at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. Dates serves as an affiliate professor at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and is a contributing author to the 2014 book, Letters To A Birmingham Jail, and the 2019 book, Say It: Celebrating Expository Preaching in The African American Tradition. His first book on the subject of Christianity and social justice will be released this year through IVP Press.

Jessica Kim

co-founder and CEO of ianacare

ianacare's company on a mission to encourage, empower, and equip family caregivers as they navigate the care at home. In 2008, Jessica launched BabbaCo to invest in the future of parenting through subscription activity boxes. BabbaCo was acquired in 2014 by Barefoot Books, where she served as president for two years before becoming an EIR at CRV (Charles River Ventures). She was honored as Crain's Top 40 under 40 and currently serves as Venture Partner at Praxis Labs & the inaugural EIR at Brown University. She graduated from Brown University and has an MBA from Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management. She lives in Boston with her three young children and husband, Peter.

Tom Nelson

president of Made to Flourish

Tom Nelson serves as the president of Made to Flourish and is the author of Work Matters: Connecting Sunday Worship to Monday Work, Ekklesia: Rediscovering God’s Design for the Church, and The Economics of Neighborly Love: Investing in Your Community’s Compassion and Capacity. Nelson is a regular speaker and facilitator on faith, work, and economics. He 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.

Curt Thompson, M.D.

founder of Being Known

Dr. Thompson is a psychiatrist in private practice in Falls Church, Virginia, and the founder of Being Known, an organization that develops resources to educate and train leaders about the intersection between interpersonal neurobiology, Christian spiritual formation, and vocational creativity. He is the author of Anatomy of the Soul and The Soul of Shame: Retelling the Stories We Believe About Ourselves. Throughout his career, along with treating adults, adolescents, and families, his main focus of clinical and research interest has been the integration of psychiatry, its associated disciplines, and Christian spirituality. He has specific expertise in the field of interpersonal neurobiology and how it reflects important tenants of Christian faith, providing opportunities to comprehend and experience that same faith in fresh trustworthy ways. Much of his work is now committed to training other professionals across cultures and in multiple vocational domains in the same material.

Sheeba Philip


Philip has built a nearly 20 year career creating and growing purpose-driven brands in the CPG, retail, and nonprofit sectors. She spent ten years in executive roles leading multi-million dollar iconic businesses with full P&L responsibility for Mondelez International and Kraft Foods. She has also served as the vice president of Global Marketing Strategy & Communications for International Justice Mission (IJM), the largest anti-slavery organization in the world. She regularly speaks on topics such as the integration of faith & work, Christ-centered leadership, and being a Christian woman in business. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Virginia and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Tish Harrison Warren

Priest in the Anglican Church

Warren is the author of Liturgy of the Ordinary: Sacred Practices in Everyday Life, which was Christianity Today's 2018 Book of the Year, and the forthcoming Prayer in the Night: For Those Who Work or Watch or Weep. She has worked in ministry settings for over a decade as a campus minister with InterVarsity Graduate and Faculty Ministries, as an Associate Rector, with addicts and those in poverty through various churches and non-profit organizations, and, most recently, as the writer-in-residence at Church of the Ascension in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her articles and essays have appeared in the New York Times, Religion News Service, Christianity Today, Comment Magazine, The Point Magazine, and elsewhere. She is a founding member of The Pelican Project and a Senior Fellow with the Trinity Forum. She lives with her husband and three children in Pittsburgh.

Jo Saxton

author, speaker, podcast host,
leadership coach

Saxton has dedicated her career to growing leadership teams around the world and empowering women to find their purpose in their personal lives and in leadership. In her latest book, Ready to Rise: Own Your Voice, Gather Your Community, Step into Your Influence, she tackles the real life issues women face to help move women beyond disempowerment and together to grow their grit. While providing meaningful wisdom from her own journey to leadership, Jo also adds stories of empowered women from the Bible. Readers will be empowering to change their landscape and build new communities where diverse female leadership can flourish.

Sara Groves

singer/songwriter and recording artist

Sara Groves is a 20-year veteran singer/songwriter and recording artist with a passion for justice. Since 2005 she has been an artist advocate with International Justice Mission, a global organization that works to protect the poor from violence. At home in Minnesota, Sara and her husband, Troy, run a unique community art center, Art House North, out of a 110 year old church where Sara has recorded her last two of 15 albums - Abide With Me, a collection of hymns, and Joy of Every Longing Heart (Christmas). Troy and Sara live in St Paul with their three children, Kirby, Toby, and Ruby.

John Inazu

Sally D. Danforth Distinguished Professor of Law and Religion at Washington University

John Inazu is the Sally D. Danforth Distinguished Professor of Law and Religion at Washington University in St. Louis. He teaches criminal law, law and religion, and various First Amendment seminars. His scholarship focuses on the First Amendment freedoms of speech, assembly, and religion, and related questions of legal and political theory. He is the author of Liberty’s Refuge: The Forgotten Freedom of Assembly and Confident Pluralism: Surviving and Thriving Through Deep Difference, and co-editor (with Tim Keller) of Uncommon Ground: Living Faithfully in a World of Difference.

Chris Brooks

senior pastor of Woodside Bible Church

Chris Brooks serves as senior pastor of Woodside Bible Church, a multisite congregation across the metro-Detroit area. He served for 20 years as the senior pastor of Evangel Ministries, a thriving 1,600-member church in the heart of Detroit. Brooks was also the campus dean of Moody Theological Seminary in Plymouth, Michigan. He is the author of Kingdom Dreaming and Urban Apologetics. He and his wife, Yodit, are the proud parents of six children, Christopher, Zewditu, Cameron, Judah, Sophia, and Christyana.

"It was so encouraging to see a diverse group; men, women, older, younger, different race and ethnicities. The topics transcended first world American culture, to the extent that community group members in Jamaica found the content very beneficial. Thank you for the prayerful care with which this was organized."

Brenda Miller
Common Good 2020

Common Good

Framing the Common Good

9:00 a.m.

To frame — and seek — the common good, we have to understand how our work can be redemptive, but also what it means when work is undefined or changes unexpectedly.

Business for the Common Good

9:50 a.m.

Businesses that create work for the vulnerable and community for the isolated are rare, but Common Good Conference speakers Jessica Kim and Sheeba Phillip are working toward that end through their careers.

Justice for the Common Good

10:45 a.m.

Seeking justice is also seeking the common good, and it’s a responsibility of all Christians. In this session, hear how pastor Charlie Dates and Tish Harrison Warren live out this calling in their work.

Bridge-building for the Common Good

11:30 a.m.

In a world where differences of opinion or beliefs automatically creates opposition, Christians hold the unique opportunity to connect with others despite those differences for the common good.

Leaders for the Common Good

12:15 p.m.

Whether or not you’re a pastor, good leadership is necessary for the flourishing of both your own soul and those around you.


12:55 p.m.

Through Common Good Conference 2020, we heard how 11 speakers pursue the common good and God’s presence in their daily work and everyday lives.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the cost to access the Common Good conference video feed?

The cost for individual access to all videos is $49. This includes full access to the virtual conference video feed, plus continued viewing access of all sessions until November 21, 2020. Groups between 5 and 9 people can enjoy the conference for $225 and groups of 10 or more will have access for just $250.

Can I gather with friends or team members to watch the conference?

Yes. We would encourage you to do so! During your registration process simply choose the group size you wish to have and follow the most current gathering safety guidelines for COVID-19 in your local area when you meet with your group. When registering a group, you will be able to upload a list of names and emails so we can provide each participant additional resources after the conference.

When will registration begin?

Registration is open. Click here to access the registration form.

Will you share my personal information with other organizations?

No. We will use the personal information of participants to communicate important information about the Common Good Conference, as well as ongoing communication. You will have the opportunity to opt-out of future communication if you so desire. Prior to the conference, we will email each participant a digital program including the schedule for the event itself.

What will I learn at Common Good 2020?

The goal of the conference is to equip participants to explore God’s design for our everyday work (paid or unpaid) and participation in the economy. Speakers will help us discern ways that God is forming us for and through work, unpack how the Christian faith ought to serve the common good, and help us consider a uniquely Christian perspective on participating in economic renewal, especially for those living on the margins.

How will I access the video feed?

When completing your order, your confirmation page and email will include a button to access the event. You will also receive a unique code that can be used right on the registration page. Just click on "Already Registered?" and enter the code provided. If you registered a group, the registrant (or host) will receive one non-shareable unique code valid for group viewings. If people in your group prefer getting access to the video at separate times from the host and the group, then we recommend they get an individual access registration.

What if I have other questions?

For further questions, please contact

Will I be able to watch the videos again after the conference is over?

Yes. Conference sessions will continue to be available with your digital pass until November 21, 2020. Group hosts can also watch multiple times with their group using the provided unique non-shareable code.

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