How to Be a Culture Maker

Cultivate and Create


Too often Christians react to the culture of this world out of fear or ambivalence, wishing the world was different. We can't wait for the world to change, however, because God has called us to engage. Watch this dramatic illustration that challenges the way we live in this world.



In Andy Crouch's groundbreaking book, Culture Making, he explains how Christians have spent too much time and energy trying to fix a God-dishonoring culture with a reactive posture. In this training post he teaches how we can move from an attitude of condemning culture to one that proactively creates godly culture. This first video identifies the difference between a dysfunctional view of culture and the right relationship the church should have with a world in need of the gospel.



Instead of CRITICIZING and CONSUMING, we should be CULTIVATING and CREATING.

How do you view culture at its worst? What parts of culture are hardest for you to see in a positive light?
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Of what parts of our culture are you a consumer? Where are you uncritical that you should be more thoughtful?
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Where do you have the biggest opportunity for cultivating? what good do you see in the culture around you that you are well suited to nurture for the glory of God?
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Where do you feel called to create? What's missing in our culture that we, the church, can add to contribute both health and beauty?
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Think about the areas in your relationship with culture that might be dysfunctional.  Work at these things so you have a great relationship with our culture that injects the goodness that God intends from His church.

 
The Intersection of Your Calling


In this next clip, Andy talks about our calling to cultivate and create culture. How does one shape culture for God's good instead of merely reacting to the world? 


Have you ever thought that you were going to change the world? What grandiose plans have you bought into in the past that have led to disappointment or burnout?
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When you consider that God is the world changer, and you have no responsibility to do anything that big, how does that make you feel? What does that teach about your life and call as a disciple?
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In what part of your work or ministry is God daily offering grace? How does He multiply your efforts in the work that you do?
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Where is it, that when you engage culture at a deep level, that you enter most deeply into Christ's sufferings in the world, for the world, on behalf of the world?
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If we choose to be culture makers, rather than culture reactors, we'll have to find the intersection of our calling at grace and the cross. Thankfully, at this intersection we will be rescued from the temptation to believe we are the ones accomplishing or succeeding. The humility of giving all credit to God sits at the core of true culture makers.