- original, entertaining and impactful
- amazing speaker
- made me think about how I can create a flourishing classroom
- filled with hope
- opened up some new dimensions for discussions about what it means to be vulnerable
- thought-provoking, convicting, and encouraging
- helped me think in a different way
- great example of Christ filled leadership and use of power
- The reminder that we are called to help all people flourish and especially those most vulnerable among us was wonderful.
These comments are representative of the responses to Andy Crouch, the keynote speaker at the recent InspirED Convention (formerly the CTABC/NWCSI Teachers Convention) – October 6-7, 2016 in Lynden, WA.
Many responses referenced the 2×2 chart that Andy used to talk about authority and vulnerability. For those of you who want to follow up, Andy makes extensive use of the 2×2 chart in his most recent book – Strong and Weak: Embracing a Life of Love, Risk and True Flourishing (2016).
“Two common temptations lure us away from abundant living—withdrawing into safety or grasping for power. True flourishing travels down an unexpected path: being both strong and weak. We see this unlikely mixture in the best leaders—people who use their authority for the benefit of others, while also showing extraordinary willingness to face and embrace suffering. We see it in Jesus, who wielded tremendous power yet also exposed himself to hunger, ridicule, torture and death. Rather than being opposites, strength and weakness are actually meant to be combined in every human life and community. Only when they come together do we find the flourishing for which we were made.”
For an article that also deals with the vulnerability paradox see – The Vulnerability Paradox – by Ed Noot, Executive Director of the Society of Christian Schools in British Columbia – http://newsletter.scsbc.net/2016/09/the-vulnerability-paradox/
If you are engaging around these ideas with fellow educators, please share your conversations by commenting on this post.
Study guides of Andy’s previous books can be found at http://andy-crouch.com/ along with selected articles and speaking engagements.