Cultural Engagement & The Christian Faith

How are pastors and leaders called to shape culture? What can Christians learn from the past as we engage an uncertain future? How should the church engage consumer ideologies that dominate our cultural landscape?

Northern Seminary & The Grow Center invite you to join Andy Crouch and David Kinnaman alongside our global partners in this four-part conversation around cultural engagement and the Christian faith.

Each lecture will include an optional theological reflection after the lecture with Tracey Bianchi, Interim Director of Preaching at Northern Seminary

Oct 9 & Nov 6th, Dec 4

Upon completion participants will receive an endorsement (Continuing Education Unit) in Technology & Theology from the Grow Center for Church & Mission, Northern Seminary.

  • Free to current students, not seeking academic credit (0 credit hours)
  • Current students seeking academic credit will be charged at their current tuition rate
  • $39 for alumni
  • $109  for the general public.



Andy Crouch is a partner for theology and culture at Praxis, an organization that works as a creative engine for redemptive entrepreneurship. 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. For more than ten years he was an editor and producer at Christianity Today, including serving as executive editor from 2012 to 2016. He served the John Templeton Foundation in 2017 as senior strategist for communication. He is the author of numerous books and 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.

David Kinnaman is the author of the bestselling books Faith For Exiles, Good FaithYou Lost Me and unChristian. He is president of Barna Group, a leading research and communications company that works with churches, nonprofits, and businesses ranging from film studios to financial services. Since 1995, David has directed interviews with more than 1.5 million individuals and overseen hundreds of U.S. and global research studies. He and his wife live in California with their three children.


Rev. Tracey Bianchi is a pastor, writer and ministry leader who most recently served for sixteen years as the Worship and Teaching Pastor at Christ Church of Oak Brook (Chicago). She currently serves as a preaching associate as well as the Interim Director for the Master of Worship Arts program at Northern Seminary.

She’s the author of four books on faith-based environmental issues and parenting (publishing with Zondervan, IVP and Baker Books). Her writing has appeared in places like the Washington Post, Leadership Journal, MOPS International and Christianity Today. She serves as a Trustee at Denver Seminary and earned an MDIV from Denver and a BA in History and Political Science from the University of Iowa.



Current Northern Seminary students should register for this course by contacting Linda Owens at

Northern Seminary alumni and the general public can register here: REGISTRATION FORM



Session One — October 9: The Role of Christians in Culture
Guest Teacher: Andy Crouch, Partner of Theology and Culture, Praxis
Time (Video): 12:00-1:30 (CST)

Session Two — November 6: The “new thing” that God is doing in history and in our time
Guest Teacher: Andy Crouch, Partner of Theology and Culture, Praxis
Time (Video): 1:00-2:30 (CST)

Session Three — November 6: The “new thing” that God is doing in history and our time (2)
Guest Teacher: Andy Crouch, Partner of Theology and Culture, Praxis
Time (Video): 6:15-8:45pm (CST)

Session Four — December 4: What does evangelism look like in our culture today?
Guest Teacher: David Kinnaman, President of Barna Group
Time (Video): 12:00 – 1:30 PM (CST)


Questions? General public contact Andrea Pingel at
Students and alumni contact Linda Owens at

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