Why The Emphasis On Cross-Pollation?

God deposits a cache of spiritual treasure in each community.

Rather than dig deeply into this treasure trove, we have become accustomed to sourcing our “spiritual supplies” from a small number of Christian celebrities.

We borrowed this practice of listening to celebrities from the world around us, yet we are called to be a distinct community. Like the Hebrews our charge as believers is to function in an entirely different way than surrounding cultures.

When we truly embrace being a “kingdom of priests,” our eyes will open to a vast field of undiscovered treasure.

Each follower of Jesus has something important to bring to the table.

This realization triggers two responses:

(1) Believers must begin or continue the hunt for this treasure.

(2) Believers must share what they find far and wide.

We call this deliberate practice of sharing “cross-pollination.” When we find art, ideas, and resources, we pass them on to other believers. What God is doing in Rwanda can inspire and encourage brothers and sisters in Sweden.

Of course, not everything that emerges in local community life has apostolic ramifications. Some treasures fire up our holy imaginations. Others don’t.

That’s why we curate what we find in local communities and tribes before we begin to cross-pollinate throughout the body-at-large. With that said, we never look for perfect polish. It’s easy to confuse polish with excellence.

Within the Common Hymnal anthology you will find diversity in “production quality.” We’re more interested in sharing life-filled, if imperfect, treasures that will enrich our relationships and conversations than we are in slick production.

Production and discipleship have almost nothing in common!

Also, these treasures come from different generations, cultures, and nations.