Common Good Conference

What is the common good conference?

We’re all gardeners. Whether or not you cultivate a small — or large — plot of land in your backyard, you’re called to cultivate, keep, and renew the place you find yourself.

Cultivation and restoration happen in your work. The place you cultivate might be at home, an office, or somewhere in between. Where you spend your days is where you steward the work of your hands. This year’s Common Good Conference will encourage you in your place, your work, and your faith.

Join 11 speakers, thought leaders, and pastors as they explore key themes of creating, investing, protecting, healing, and more.

Watch any time until December 31, 2021
9 a.m. – 1 p.m. CDT
Starting at
Common Good 2021

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

Makoto Fujimura

Contemporary American artist

Makoto Fujimura is a contemporary artist, curator, writer, and founder of the International Arts Movement. He graduated from Bucknell University in 1983 and received an M.F.A. from Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music with a Japanese Governmental Scholarship in 1989. He was honored in 1992 as the youngest artist ever to have had a piece acquired by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo. Fujimura was appointed to the National Council on the Arts, a six-year presidential appointment, in 2003. His works are represented by the Dillon Gallery in New York and Tokyo and the Sen Gallery, Tokyo. Public collections include the Saint Louis Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo, and the Time Warner/AOL/CNN building in Hong Kong. He recently published Art and Faith: A Theology of Making.

Finny Kuruvilla

CIO of Eventide Asset Management

Finny Kuruvilla serves as CIO for Eventide Asset Management. Kuruvilla has a unique background in healthcare, statistics, and investing. Concurrent with Eventide, from 2008 through 2016, he was a Principal at Clarus Ventures, a leading healthcare and life sciences venture capital firm. Prior to joining Eventide, from 2005-2008, he was a postdoctoral research scientist in medical genetics at the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT. From 2003-2007, he was resident, chief resident, and clinical fellow at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Children’s Hospital Boston.

Karen Swallow Prior

English, Christianity, and culture professor at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

Karen Swallow Prior is research professor of English and Christianity and culture at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. She is the most recent author of On Reading Well: Finding the Good Life through Great Books. Her writing has appeared at Christianity Today, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, First Things, Vox, Relevant, Think Christian, The Gospel Coalition, Religion News Service, Books and Culture and other places.

Rachael Denhollander

Attorney and author

Rachael Denhollander became known internationally in 2016 as the first woman to pursue criminal charges and speak publicly against USA Gymnastics’ team doctor Larry Nassar. As a result of her activism, more than 300 women— including numerous Olympic medalists — came forward as survivors of Nassar’s abuse, eventually leading to his life imprisonment. In 2019 she published What is a Girl Worth?: My Story of Breaking the Silence and Exposing the Truth about Larry Nassar and USA Gymnastics. Denhollander holds a Juris Doctorate from Oak Brook College of Law and possesses an honorary doctorate from the American University of Paris.

David Brooks

Columnist for The New York Times

David Brooks is a columnist for The New York Times and a contributor to The Atlantic. He is a commentator on The PBS Newshour, NPR’s All Things Considered, and NBC’s Meet the Press. His most recent book, The Second Mountain, shows what can happen when we put commitment-making and relationships at the center of our lives. He is also the author of The Road to Character, Bobos In Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There, and The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement. Brooks is on the faculty of Yale University and is a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.

Irwyn Ince

Executive director of the Grace DC Institute for Cross-Cultural Mission

Irwyn Ince serves as a pastor at Grace DC Presbyterian Church and director of the Grace DC Institute for Cross-Cultural Mission. Ince is a graduate of City College of New York, Reformed Theological Seminary, and Covenant Theological Seminary. In January 2006, after an 11 year career with Motorola as a systems engineer and project engineering manager, he began full time ministry at Mount Zion Covenant Church in Bowie, Maryland. In January 2007 Mount Zion merged with New Town Church in Columbia to plant City of Hope Presbyterian Church, where he served as senior pastor from 2007-2017. He is the author of The Beautiful Community: Unity, Diversity and the Church at Its Best, and has contributed to the books Heal Us Emmanuel: A Call for Racial Reconciliation, Representation, and Unity in the Church, and All Are Welcome: Toward a Multi-Everything Church.

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, The Economics of Neighborly Love: Investing in Your Community’s Compassion and Capacity, and The Flourishing Pastor: Recovering the Lost Art of Shepherd Leadership, releasing fall of 2021. 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 he graduated with a master’s of theology degree from Dallas Theological Seminary and received his doctorate from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

Chris Goode

Founder and CEO of Ruby Jean’s Juicery

Chris Goode is the founder of Ruby Jean’s Juicery based in Kansas City, Missouri. Goode started his company in 2015 to honor the early death of his grandmother, Ruby Jean, who fought a short lived battle with Type 2 diabetes. Goode has made it his life’s work to educate urban youth and communities and integrate the juicing culture in his hometown by locating the flagship Ruby Jean’s in a food desert near where he grew up.

Tracy Foster

Co-Founder and executive director of START

Tracy Foster is a co-founder of START, an organization that helps parents navigate technology wisely within their homes and beyond. Previously, she invested 15 years developing growth strategies for some of the world’s leading organizations as a management consultant with Mercer Management Consulting, then as an associate director at FSG, which specializes in creating large-scale, lasting social change. On a project for one of the world's largest toy companies, she was captivated by the power of play in children's emotional, social, and cognitive development, fueling her passion for rethinking cultural norms around technology. She is a graduate of Northwestern University and lives with her husband and two children in the Kansas City area.

Megan Rose

CEO of Better Together

Megan Rose is the CEO of Better Together, an organization that builds lasting support systems to help families cope with hardships — job loss, substance abuse, homelessness, and even jail time — and ensures that children are cared for in a safe home until the family can be reunited. Through the Better Families program, they have served more than 3,500 children and kept 98% of them out of the system, and the Better Jobs program has helped nearly 35,000 job seekers through church-based job fairs across 24 states. Rose is a Civil Society Fellow with the Manhattan Institute, and one of the inaugural recipients of Manhattan Institute’s Civil Society Awards in 2019.

Amy Crouch

AUTHOR of My Tech-Wise Life

Amy Crouch is the author of My Tech-Wise Life and a senior at Cornell University studying linguistics, English, and anything else she can fit into her schedule. She loves to cook, climb mountains, and chat about books.

It was refreshing to be reminded of our need for each other, and that there is no divide between the sacred and the secular. That everything we are, and have, must be harnessed to see the flourishing of our communities.

Brenda Miller
2020 Common Good Conference Attendee
Common Good 2021

Common Good


The Call to Cultivate

When God created a world full of latent potential, he called us to cultivate — taking raw materials of our world and nurturing them. Like soil that yields fruit when we till, plant, and water, God invites us to cultivate the potential of the world around us for his glory and the good of our neighbors. We cultivate beauty, truth, and goodness in our everyday lives through our work.


The Call to Keep

Cultivation is always intertwined with a call to keep. Our lives, our neighbors, our work, and creation itself needs stewards who will protect and guard all that is good. We keep our world through pursuing justice, truth, and the good of those around us, even when it costs us.

Session 3

The Call to Restore

In a fallen world, everything is tainted by evil, whether seen or unseen. Frustration and pain, conflict and abuse, sloth and envy can seem all-consuming, like weeds in a garden. We are called to never merely accept what is, but to live in a way that aligns with God who restores what is broken, striving to restore peace, trust, and hope as we await the renewal of all things.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

Individual (and host) tickets
$39 + fees (super early bird) June
$59 + fees (early bird) July - August
$79 + fees (regular price)  September - December

Watch party guests (one individual ticket required for each watch party guest with one designated host)
$15 + fees (super early bird) June
$20 + fees (early bird) July - August
$25 + fees (regular price) September  - December

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.

Have you guys done this before?

Absolutely! You can experience Common Good Conference 2020 by downloading the full conference or individual sessions from our shop.

What will I learn at Common Good 2021?

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?

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

Your conference pass will allow you to access the Common Good Conference content between October 1 and December 31, 2021.

Common Good 2021

Gather your church or group for as little as $25 per watch party guest.

Register today and join people from around the country for Common Good. Connect your faith with your work in community.

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