Why The Emphasis On Cross-Pollination?

God deposits a cache of spiritual treasure in each community.

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

We borrowed this practice from the 'world' around us, yet we are called to be a distinctive community that marches to a different drum. Like the Hebrews, our charge is to function in an entirely different way than the 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 hunting for this treasure.
(2) Believers sharing the discovered that they make far and wide.

We call this deliberate practice: “cross-pollination.” 

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 like to curate what we find before sharing it with the body-at-large.

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.