Creatively Restoring Human Flourishing

Life for the innocent: 

Music, art, innovation, and creativity have the ability to capture people’s attention. The ingenious works of our hands have the ability to speak loudly when our words might offend and fall useless; and to explore things in ways that are thought-provoking, convicting, and stirring to our affections.

Bono of U2 understands this relationship between creativity, content, and cause. Take for example his global exploits in fighting AIDS. Bono releases the beautiful sounds of U2’s historic and iconic music onto the streets and into the slums of third world countries, and when the world takes notice and buys tickets to listen, Bono drops the stage’s curtain, with all its glitz and glamor, to reveal the death and destruction of AIDS. The beauty of his creativity catches the world’s attention, and then mobilizes them to take notice of a cause.

Causes are the currency of our day, not money! The works of our hands should be filled with messages not merely to line our pockets, but to do what Jesus told us to do, serve the least of these.This is part of what God commissioned Adam to do in the Garden. God told Adam to cultivate the uninhabitable parts of the wilderness, unfit for beauty, and turn them into beautiful gardens of flourishing and production.

This is what our Make Jesus Culture Conference is all about. We want to mobilize Jesus’ creative body in the darkest parts of the world to turn unfit darkness and “uninhabitable wilderness” into beautiful testimonies of human flourishing and beautiful dignity. Our vision includes our focus on the cause of human trafficking, but we are mobilizing projects that are inclusive of issues beyond just this one in particular. 

We have brought together 150+ of the most vibrant and interesting innovators from all realms of society from over 70 countries to speak about how our creativity can build up the church in its worship, and can engage our hurting world in meaningful mission. 

To learn about how you can help in rescuing thousands of children in Asia from human trafficking by placing them in churches and adoptive families, visit our Make Jesus Culture Conference  and The Garden City Project. 

But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.  But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.  For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.

1 Corinthians 2:14‭-‬16 KJV       

  According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.  For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.  Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;  Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.  If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.  If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

1 Corinthians 3:10‭-‬15 KJV        

  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

Ephesians 2:10 KJV   

For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.  For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.  For the body is not one member, but many.  If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?  And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?  If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling?  But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.  And if they were all one member, where were the body?  But now are they many members, yet but one body.  And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.

1 Corinthians 12:12‭-‬21 KJV