Author Andy Crouch is Keynote Speaker for Taylor’s 2012 National Student Leadership Conference

By Julie Campbell Published: Jan 23, 2012

Andy Crouch

On February 23-25, college student leaders will have the opportunity to rethink how they engage with culture as they interact with Taylor students and keynote speaker Andy Crouch at this year’s National Student Leadership Conference (NSLC).

Crouch is the author of Culture Making: Recovering our Creative Calling, winner of Christianity Today’s 2009 Book Award for Christianity and Culture and named one of the best books of 2008 by Publishers Weekly, Relevant, Outreach and Leadership. His writing has also appeared in The Wall Street Journal and in several editions of Best Christian Writing and Best Spiritual Writing. He lives with his family in Swarthmore, Pa.

Other speakers at the conference include Taylor alum J.R. Briggs, cultural cultivator of The Renew Community and creator of Kairos Partnerships, Brenda Bertrand, Dave Stratton and others.

About NSLC

Taylor’s NSLC was founded in 1982, and was the first student leadership conference formed and run entirely by students. Past speakers have included Dr. JP Moreland, Ravi Zacharias and Dr. Anthony Campolo.

This year, senior Keith Cocking is leading the effort on creating an experience for students where they leave empowered to influence their world as encouraged by Genesis 2:15:

“The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.” 

“We are very excited for NSLC this year and have some incredible speakers coming,” said Cocking. “The theme for this year's conference is ‘Cultivate’ which comes from our keynote speaker, Andy Crouch's book, Culture Making. Andy will be talking about the Christian's responsibility to examine how we approach culture in our ever changing world. With additional speakers like JR Briggs and Brenda Bertrand, among others, we are looking forward to a full and engaging conference that will challenge students. 

“Our hope is that this year’s conference will inspire students to have responsibility and take a thoughtful approach to how they interact with the culture all around them,” Cocking added. “So far we are getting great responses from those interested in the conference. Students and faculty from Taylor and other schools are looking forward to hearing from Andy and our other speakers, and this year’s conference promises to be an exciting one.”

You don’t have to be a Taylor student to register. All college students and sponsors are welcome.