One role of the pastor is to equip congregants to live into this privilege of bearing Christ into the world. This role grows increasingly complex and increasingly important as our culture digs deeper into diverging ideological trends. What is the role of the church in today's pluralistic and often turbulent context? How do we champion the rights of all people to follow their chosen ideologies, yet still stand for the enduring truth of the Christian Gospel? As we speak in the public square—and teach our congregants to do the same—how can we expect to be heard amidst the din?
At this year’s Pastors and Leaders Conference, consider approaches your church could take toward meaningful engagement in a post-Christian public square. Hear from church leaders as they explore strategies for stimulating and encouraging good ambassadorship in congregants. Hear also from leading voices in other sectors of society—from medicine to politics, disaster relief to urban geography—as they share their challenges and successes in representing Christ in their public lives.
God is already at work in society. Let’s learn together how we can join this work with skill and grace.
“How we deal with our deepest religious and ideological differences in public life will be a defining issue for the future of humankind." —Os Guinness, The Global Public Square