Catalyst 08: Andy Crouch

Andy Crouch spoke on culture making, the subject of his new book Culture Making: rediscovering our creative calling. I have that book on my stack of “next-ups,” so was anxious to hear his talk. Here are a few points:

  • The twentieth century has moved from condemning culture to critiquing culture to copy culture to consuming culture. Each of those stages has, obviously, different impacts on the church and our contribution (or lack thereof) to culture.
  • We need to move to cultivating culture. We need to keep what’s good in our culture, good.
  • We are also called to create culture. The things we create stretch into eternity. He made the point that the Bible says that in the New Jerusalem the people will bring in the glory and honor of the nations. In other words, the good things that we have created. So creation is a worthwhile pursuit, a divine pursuit.
  • Cultivating and creating is hard — much harder than the previous condemning, critiquing and consuming — but cultures only change when you create more of it, add to it.
  • Culture can only be created together. Very rarely has anyone created anything significant totally alone.
  • The best size community for creating seems to be three. This is the ideal size to believe that “all things are possible.” Three people can enter into the suspension of impossibility that is needed to create something new.
  • After the creation, you need a group of 12 to bring depth to the creation. They will add into the new creation aspects that the 3 perhaps did not think about.
  • Then you need a group of 120 to bring breadth to the movement. This is what starts to spread the culture, help it go viral.
  • Finally, we are to celebrate creativity wherever it is found.
By Marla Saunders

I am passionately devoted to living my life in the places God has given me. Over the years those places have changed: from homeschooler to businesswoman, from consumer to storyteller. These days I'm focusing on building a new business and figuring out what it means to do everything with integrity and informed by faith.