Culture Summit | 15th Annual Q Conference

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The gathering for Christians faithfully navigating our cultural moment.

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APRIL 22 & 23
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The 15th Annual Q Conference

The Culture Summit by Q Ideas allows you to engage, wherever you are. From the ideas and current issues shaping society, to the truth that transforms the world, you will be informed and gain confidence that God is at work in his mission to renew all things—even amid an increasingly complex and confusing cultural moment. No topic is off limits. Join us April 22 & 23 for the Culture Summit.

What Makes the Culture Summit Different?

As you’ve expected for 15 years, the annual Q 2021 Culture Summit won’t shy away from the difficult conversations—instead, we will invite them. To lead in culture today means navigating complex current issues, understanding the times and synthesizing trends that aid decision making.

This year, leaders will gather in Nashville, host watch parties in private spaces or join virtually around the world. Together, we will engage the critical conversations every Christian leader must understand to think well and lead well in current culture.

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Crucial Talks

Engage in an experience that prevents echo chambers and encourages communication.
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Whether on the stage or around the table, we all have the opportunity to learn from one another. Exposing ourselves to different perspectives and substantive dialogue that prevents echo chambers and encourages communication produces the best outcome.

Thought Leaders

Learn from a unique mix of trusted thought leaders you won’t hear anywhere else.
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At the Culture Summit, you will learn from a unique mix of trusted thought leaders you won’t hear anywhere else. For fifteen years, we’ve convened the leading voices on the most important cultural conversations— from professors to artists, entrepreneurs, theologians and more.

Expert Q&A

Dialogue directly with trusted experts from every channel of cultural influence.
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In addition to the talks you hear on the main stage, four times throughout the event virtual participants will have the option to dialogue directly with trusted experts from every channel of culture. Use this opportunity to go deeper and ask your own questions.

Connect with Leaders

Strengthen friendships and partnerships to lead during challenging times.
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You are not alone. Whether you participate in Nashville or gather your peers in your office or home, expect to strengthen friendships and partnership to lead during challenging times.

Off-The-Record Conversations

Enjoy dedicated time to unplug, connect and share a meal with fellow attendees.
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Whether you participate in Nashville or at home, enjoy dedicated time to unplug and share a meal with fellow attendees. These off-the-record conversations serve as the perfect chance to continue the conversation and form friendships that last long after the event ends.

Take Action

Don’t just consume content; learn to advance good as you grow in awareness that leads to real action.
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While we value talks from the stage and discussion around your table, our goal is to equip you to leave the Culture Summit inspired to lead conversations and create innovative solutions to problems facing our world today.

Lead Well

Be prepared to lead well—no matter what the season ahead holds.
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Full of fresh insights, you will no longer feel overwhelmed by the state of our culture, and you will be prepared to lead well—no matter what the season ahead may hold.

Gain Influence

Offer helpful perspectives to the real problems our world is facing.
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We don’t want you to just become smarter, we want your influence to grow. At the Culture Summit, you will be equipped to engage the next generation and those outside your church with helpful perspectives on the real problems they are facing.

Be Empowered

Learn how to address contentious and confusing conversations.
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With the knowledge from these conversations, you will be equipped and empowered to communicate with more clarity, compassion and conviction in addressing contentious and confusing conversations.

Advance Good

Gain the creativity and imagination needed where you’re called to lead.
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Advancing good in our cultural moment requires creativity and imagination. Unite with like-minded believers to gain confidence and courage in wherever you are called to lead.

Speakers & Talks

Luke LeFevre

Consecrate

Tim Schultz

1st Amendment Partnership

Rachael Denhollander

Lawyer & Victim Advocate

Rich Villodas

New Life Fellowship

Ryan Anderson

Ethics and Public Policy Center

Helena Kerschner

Pique Resilience Project

Montse Alvarado

Becket Fund for Religious Liberty

Hosanna Wong

Speaker & Author

Matt Markins

Awana

Kristen Waggoner

Alliance Defending Freedom

Jada Edwards

One Community Church

Naomi Schaefer Riley

American Enterprise Institute

David Platt

McLean Bible Church

David & Erin Leaverton

Undivided Nation

Minxin Pei

Claremont McKenna College

Toni Nieuwhof

Author & Former Divorce Attorney

Eli Bonilla

NHCLC

Ashley Gorley

Songwriter

Matt Chandler

The Village Church

Danielle Coke

Oh Happy Dani

Brooke Keels

Mercy Multiplied

Jimmy Song

Programming Bitcoin

Tyler Burns

The Witness

Lydia Dugdale

Columbia University

Jon Tyson

Church of the City New York City

Danielle Strickland

Author & Speaker

Jason Streubel

Convoy of Hope

Street Hymns

Artist

Sam Luce

Redeemer Church

Heather Rice-Minus

Prison Fellowship

John Lennox

University of Oxford

Carl Trueman

Grove City College

Tim Shirk

Orphan Myth

Lindsay Hadley

Orphan Myth

John Mark Comer

Bridgetown Church

Paul Miller

Georgetown University

Preston Sprinkle

The Center for Faith, Sexuality, & Gender

Gabe Lyons

Author & Founder of Q Ideas

Luke LeFevre

Consecrate
Biography

Luke LeFevre founded the Revival Coalition and is leading a Gen Z gathering in Dallas called Consecrate 2021. In addition, he is leading a movement among Gen Z in the Nashville area which has led to hundreds of teenagers responding to the Gospel.

Tim Schultz

1st Amendment Partnership
Biography

Tim Schultz serves as the president of 1st Amendment Partnership, working to direct the organization’s work, building faith alliances, guiding public policy and educating key influencers on religious freedom issues. He previously served as State Legislative Director for the EPPC’s American Religious Freedom Program. Mr. Schultz supports the bill.

Rachael Denhollander

Lawyer & Victim Advocate
Biography

Rachael Denhollander became known internationally in 2016 as the first woman to pursue criminal charges and speak publicly against USA Gymnastics’ team doctor Larry Nassar. Denhollander is an attorney, author, advocate, and educator who is recognized as a leading voice on the topic of sexual abuse.

Rich Villodas

New Life Fellowship
Biography

Rich Villodas is the Brooklyn-born lead pastor of New Life Fellowship, a large, multiracial church with more than seventy-five countries represented in Elmhurst, Queens. He is also a key speaker for Emotionally Healthy Discipleship. Rich graduated with a BA in pastoral ministry and theology from Nyack College.

Ryan Anderson

Ethics and Public Policy Center
Biography

Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D., is the President of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, and the Founding Editor of Public Discourse, the online journal of the Witherspoon Institute. He has written several books and received his B.A. from Princeton University. Dr. Anderson opposes the Fairness for All bill.

Helena Kerschner

Pique Resilience Project
Biography

Helena Kerschner is a 22 year old detransitioned woman who once identified as a trans-man. Since detransitioning, she has been involved in raising awareness for detransitioners and building a supportive community through her work co-founding the Pique Resilience Project and speaking with and writing to lawmakers.

Montse Alvarado

Becket Fund for Religious Liberty
Biography

Montse joined the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty in 2009 and was named VP & Executive Director in February 2017. She has led initiatives at Becket in development, communications, strategy and operations that have helped secure religious liberty victories.

Hosanna Wong

Speaker & Author
Biography

Hosanna Wong is an international speaker, author, and spoken word artist sharing captivating stories of a powerful God with churches, conferences, prisons, & other events around the world year-round. www.hosannawong.com

Matt Markins

Awana
Biography

As Chief Strategy Officer, Matt Markins leads the senior leadership team to achieve the organization’s strategic goals by leading the day to day operations of the Awana global ministry. He has served Awana for three and a half years as the Vice President of Ministry Resources.

Kristen Waggoner

Alliance Defending Freedom
Biography

Kristen K. Waggoner serves as General Counsel with ADF. Her role includes oversight of the U.S. Legal Division and Communications, which includes over 100 attorneys and staff who engage in litigation, public advocacy, and legislative support. Since serving in this role, ADF has represented prevailing parties in 11 SCOTUS victories.

Jada Edwards

One Community Church
Biography

Jada currently serves as the Creative Services Director for One Community Church. Previously, she has served in various directional capacities within the youth and singles ministries at Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship. She lives in Texas with her husband and two children.

Naomi Schaefer Riley

American Enterprise Institute
Biography

Naomi Schaefer Riley is a resident fellow at AEI focusing on issues regarding child welfare as well as a senior fellow at the Independent Women’s Forum. She writes about parenting, higher education, religion, philanthropy and culture. She has written several books including the forthcoming, No Way to Treat a Child.

David Platt

McLean Bible Church
Biography

David Platt serves as Lead Pastor at McLean Bible Church in Washington, D.C. He is the founder and chairman of Radical. He received his Ph.D. from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Along with his wife and children, he lives in the Washington D.C. metro area.

David & Erin Leaverton

Undivided Nation
Biography

Erin & David Leaverton are co-founders of Undivided Nation, a non-profit they launched following the 2016 election. Moved by the fear and hatred they saw, the couple set out with their 3 kids in an RV to learn about division, a journey featured in The Reunited States.

Minxin Pei

Claremont McKenna College
Biography

Minxin Pei is professor of government at Claremont McKenna College and a non-resident senior fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States. He is working on a forthcoming book on the Chinese surveillance state.

Toni Nieuwhof

Author & Former Divorce Attorney
Biography

Toni Nieuwhof is a family law mediator, former divorce attorney, author, and speaker. Toni has just released Before You Split; a book that offers a way forward for people in struggling marriages. Toni helps people see their future options more clearly, while also sharing solutions that transformed her marriage.

Eli Bonilla

NHCLC
Biography

Eli Bonilla Jr. serves as the National Millennial Director for the NHCLC under the leadership of Rev. Samuel Rodriguez. He works fulltime at OneHope ministries as the apprentice to the office of the president. He also serves as the Next Gen Regional Co-Chair for Empowered21 in North America.

Ashley Gorley

Songwriter
Biography

Ashley Gorley has written over 50 #1 singles and has had more than 300 songs recorded by artists such as Luke Bryan, Carrie Underwood, Thomas Rhett, Bon Jovi, Jason Aldean, and Kelsea Ballerini. He is the reigning ASCAP Country Songwriter of the Year, winning the award in 2009, and 2014-2020.

Matt Chandler

The Village Church
Biography

Matt Chandler is lead pastor of The Village Church in Dallas, TX. He is president of the Acts29 network. He has written several books, most recently, Building a Multiethnic Church.

Danielle Coke

Oh Happy Dani
Biography

Danielle Coke is a designer turned illustrator and social justice advocate who seeks to encourage faith, inspire justice and guide you through loving your neighbor well. She's passionate about helping everyday people find and use their passions to make a difference in their spheres of influence.

Brooke Keels

Mercy Multiplied
Biography

Dr. Brooke Keels, Sr. Director of Counseling, is a licensed counselor with a Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy and over 13 years of experience in counseling, addictions treatment, program design, and counselor supervision.

Jimmy Song

Programming Bitcoin
Biography

Jimmy Song is a bitcoin advocate, developer and author who has been contributing to open-source bitcoin projects since 2013. He published several books, most recently co-authoring, Thank God for Bitcoin.

Tyler Burns

The Witness
Biography

Tyler Burns is an pastor, speaker, writer, and podcaster. He currently serves as the President of The Witness: A Black Christian Collective, an organization founded to educate, encourage, and empower Black Christians to be free in soul and in body. He also co-hosts the organization’s flagship podcast Pass the Mic.

Lydia Dugdale

Columbia University
Biography

Lydia Dugdale is a physician, medical ethicist, and Associate Professor of Medicine at Columbia, where she also directs Columbia's Center for Clinical Medical Ethics. Previously, she was Associate Director of the Program for Biomedical Ethics and founding Co-Director of the Program for Medicine, Spirituality, and Religion - both at Yale.

Jon Tyson

Church of the City New York City
Biography

Jon Tyson is a Pastor in NYC. Originally from Australia, Jon moved to the US 20 years ago with a passion to seek and cultivate renewal in the Western Church. He is the author of Sacred Roots, A Creative Minority, The Burden is Light and creator of The Primal Path.

Danielle Strickland

Author & Speaker
Biography

Danielle has a wide variety of gifts, from establishing justice departments and church plants, to launching global anti-trafficking initiatives, to creating initiatives to mobilize people towards transformational spiritual life. Her latest book is "Better Together: How Women and Men Can Heal the Divide and Work Together to Transform the Future."

Jason Streubel

Convoy of Hope
Biography

Jason (Dr. Dirt) will speak to anyone about Convoy, Jesus and how God can use one’s passions for His glory. Dr. Dirt really enjoys speaking about compassion to non-faith-based audiences because hope is universal. Currently, Jason is the Senior Director of Program Effectiveness and Global Training.

Street Hymns

Artist
Biography

Street Hymns is an artist, apologist, and battle rapper. As a part of a team of Christians that have infiltrated the Battle Rap culture, Street represents Christ in a world that is entertained with aggression and vulgarities. His motto, “Doing hymns for the streets cos the streets need Him."

Sam Luce

Redeemer Church
Biography

Sam is the Pastor of Families at Redeemer Church in Utica New York where he has served for the past 23 years. Sam has contributed to several book projects and articles for youth and kids ministry publications. Sam has been married for 22 years to Sandra; they have 4 children.

Heather Rice-Minus

Prison Fellowship
Biography

Heather Rice-Minus serves as senior vice president at Prison Fellowship, the nation's largest Christian nonprofit serving prisoners, former prisoners, and their families. She is a leading voice articulating the case for restorative criminal justice solutions and how churches play a critical role in meeting the needs of those impacted.

John Lennox

University of Oxford
Biography

John Lennox, Professor of Mathematics at Oxford University (emeritus), is an internationally renowned speaker on the interface of science, philosophy and religion. He regularly teaches at many academic institutions, is Senior Fellow with the Trinity Forum and has written a series of books exploring the relationship between science and Christianity.

Carl Trueman

Grove City College
Biography

Carl R. Trueman is a graduate of the Universities of Cambridge and Aberdeen. Originally a Reformation specialist, his most recent work has been in the areas of modernity, selfhood, and identity politics. He currently serves as professor of Biblical and Religious Studies at Grove City College.

Tim Shirk

Orphan Myth
Biography

Tim leads both commercial and nonprofit projects at Fox River. He served in the US, Rwandan, and Malawian governments. He co-founded and chairs America’s Kids Belong – a solution to change who waits in US child welfare.

Lindsay Hadley

Orphan Myth
Biography

Lindsay has become one of the most sought-after consultants and producers in the nonprofit sector, raising more than $35M+ directly for her clients and has leveraged billions for causes through her campaigns and events. Lindsay was a Founder Member, CDO and Executive Producer of Global Citizen.

John Mark Comer

Bridgetown Church
Biography

John Mark Comer is the pastor of vision and teaching at Bridgetown Church in Portland, OR. He has published five books, most recently, The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry.

Paul Miller

Georgetown University
Biography

Dr. Paul D. Miller is a professor of International Affairs at Georgetown University. He also serves as a research fellow with the ERLC, a visiting professor with AEI’s Initiative on Faith & Public Life, and a non-resident senior fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Center.

Preston Sprinkle

The Center for Faith, Sexuality, & Gender
Biography

Preston Sprinkle (Ph.D.) is an international speaker and a New York Times bestselling author. He currently serves as the president of The Center for Faith, Sexuality & Gender, an organization that helps Christian leaders engage questions about sexuality and gender with theological faithfulness and courageous love.

Gabe Lyons

Author & Founder of Q Ideas
Biography

Gabe Lyons is the co-author of Good Faith: Being a Christian when Society Thinks You’re Irrelevant and Extreme. Gabe is also the founder of Q Ideas - a learning community that mobilizes Christians to advance the common good in today’s society.

Experience

The Culture Summit is about much more than the talks you hear from the main stage. Five times during the event, you will have direct LIVE access to 40+ virtual experts on the issues you care most. Select the conversation you want to engage and directly interact with our curated panel of thought leaders via Zoom.

During the evenings, we’ll help curate the opportunity for you to gather around the table—whether with long-time friends or new acquaintances—for off-the-record conversations.

Addressing Anti-Asian Racism

Vivian Mabuni, Someday is Here, Author + Speaker

Eugenics of Abortion

Benjamin Watson, Former NFL Player

Lessons from the Farm

Ann Voskamp, Author

What is Progressive Theology?

John Mark Comer, Bridgetown Church

Overcoming Lockdown Consequences

Naomi Schaefer Riley, American Enterprise Institute

Family Discipleship

Troy + Ruth Simons, GraceLaced

Christian Nationalism

Paul Miller, Georgetown University

Managing Social Media

Annie F. Downs, Author + Podcaster

Gender Theory

Preston Sprinkle, Center for Faith, Sexuality and Gender

Teen Mental Health

Rebekah Lyons, Author + Q Ideas

Rebuilding in Chaos

Mark Sayers, Red Church

Managing COVID Implications

Scott C. Todd, Scientist & Medical Researcher

Hispanic Perspective

Eli Bonilla, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference

Future Church

Jon Tyson, Church of the City New York

Strategies to Avoid Divorce

Toni Nieuwhof, Author + Lawyer

We’re All Addicted to Something

Seth Haines, Author

Untethering from Tech

Joel Edwards, Evolve Studios

Disability & the Church

Lamar Hardwick, Tri-Cities Church

Food Security

Jenny Dyer, 2030 Collaborative

Church Economics

Luke Bobo, Made to Flourish

Church Economics

Amy Sherman, Sagamore Institute

Discipling Gen Z

Grant Skeldon, Q Ideas

Building Reconciling Communities

David Bailey, Arrabon

Neuroscience & Mental Health

Curt Thompson, Being Known

Are We the New Rome?

Roberta Ahmanson, Fieldstead & Co.

Practice of Prayer

Corey Russell, Upper Room Church

Identity & Personhood

Carl Trueman, Grove City College

Averting a PR Crisis

Anna Hutsell, Guardian PR + Events

From Idea to Launch

Jeremy Cowart, The Purpose Hotel

What the Left and Right get Wrong About Climate

Rusty Pritchard, Tearfund

Business Leadership Through Change

Chad Cannon, Michael Hyatt & Co.

The Crisis of Biblical Illiteracy

Tara Leigh Cobble, D-Group

Addressing Suicidal Thoughts

Brooke Keels, Mercy Multiplied

Food Security

Jason Streubel, Convoy of Hope

Building Marriage Rhythms

Emerson Eggerichs, Love & Respect

The Future of Neighboring

Tony Cook, The Hopeful Neighborhood Project

How to Participate

Since our first conference in 2007, these gatherings were never meant to be experienced alone. Why? Because we know the best learning happens in community and conversation with one another. That’s why, though we have limited space for in-person participation this year, we’re making it easy for you to gather your people to engage these important ideas together.

New to Q? Our Approach

Who We Are

Q Ideas was created 15 years ago in response to God calling our team to prepare for the cultural moment we now inhabit. Meet the founders and hear the vision behind the Culture Summit.

7 Channels of Cultural Influence

They touch every citizen in a nation, and when leaders work together in common purpose, change happens. The Culture Summit creates the conditions for an overlapping network to flourish.

Six Practices of the Church

At a time when 42% of Americans believe “people of faith are part of the problem,” how do we respond? Learn how Christians ought to faithfully exist in a changing culture.

What Others Are Saying

Discover what leaders like Christine Caine, John Mark Comer and more are saying about our work.

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REGISTER NOW

The Culture Summit experience is best enjoyed in community. Register now to join the in-person conversation, or sign up for a Watch Party to invite your friends, neighbors, co-workers or church community to participate alongside you either in-person or virtually.

 

Partners

We are deeply grateful for the support of our partners. Their collaboration and creativity enhances the Culture Summit experience. Please take a moment to learn more about these unique organizations and their important work.

If you are interested in exploring a partnership, please email Matt at info@qideas.org