This is a blog dedicated to the insistence that we should be challenging our children to become Contributors.
Our culture is seeking to take the hearts of our children captive through the narrative of consumption. Our desire should be to form their hearts in such an engaging way that they pursue contributing to society, families, churches, schools, friends, and the gospel narrative.
In my opening podcast many of you heard how Dr. James K.A. Smith argues that culture is forming us in powerful ways, and in many ways we are blind to it. So, how do we create a culture of faith formation while our children are heavily engaged in cultural pursuits? Even our children who are open to dialogue about faith, are connected to a church family, and believe in the gospel story are at risk of being overtaken by the engaging culture of our world.
Running away and hiding from culture is not an option. Well, it’s not a good option at least. In his book Culture Making, Andy Crouch explains that as Christians we have three ways to interact with or view culture.
This is a blog detailing the development of our attempt to CREATE CULTURE.
Let me share some of aspects of this culture we are trying to create.
Four Principles for Creating a Culture that Cultivates Contributors
A Contributor Culture…
What do we hope our children learn?
In a recent book entitled Called to Create, Joran Rayner quotes preacher John Piper, “God made humans in His image so that the world would be filled with reflectors of God. Images of God. Seven billion statues of God. So nobody would miss the point of creation.”
Scripture clearly tells us that all students are created in the image of God, and all students are created to contribute to the world as his workmanship. It is our humanity that begs each of us to be image bearers in the world. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said it my favorite way, “Human progress never rolls in on wheels of inevitability; it comes through the tireless efforts of men willing to be coworkers with God.”
As a school leader I believe a powerful question we must be asking ourselves as we reflect on our school cultures is this; ‘Do we have a school culture that equips and empowers students to bear His image in the world?’ As a parent I believe we must be asking ourselves, ‘Have I created an environment within my family that encourages my children to reflect His image in meaningful and powerful ways?’
Let’s be honest with ourselves. Do we really have a culture that allows 15-year-olds to truly be coworkers for God? To capture this emerging generation we must begin taking an active role in their empowerment.
Culture is creating consumers. We should be cultivating contributors.
Let this blog series and this contributor community guide our thinking this year. Let it push you to wrestle with a new outlook on engaging an amazing generation of kids, and let it inspire you to develop new leadership or parenting strategies.
Feel free to start listening to the Contribute Podcast, sponsored by OCA! You can find it in the podcast store under Contribute, or follow one of these links:
Contribute Podcast (iTunes Store)
Contribute Podcast (Podbean)
Let us hear your contributor story. Periodically, we enjoy offering contributor spotlights and would love to spotlight you or someone you know. Who is making a difference? What children do you know contributing to society in big ways? Let us know through the contact page, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or leave a comment below.
John Piper, “Why Did God Create the World?” Desiring God, September 22, 2012, https://www.desiringgod.org/messages/why-did-god-create-the-world
Keller, Timothy, and Katherine L. Alsdorf. Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God's Work. 2016. Print.