Faithful Political Engagement: A Resource Collection

Brian Gray

At Denver Institute, we strive toward a future where every person’s work brings hope and life to their city. But we recognize that the places where we live and work can be extremely pluralistic and polarized. This is especially true of our political climate over the past 20 years, where Christians are often seen as a political problem rather than a source of progress and loving solutions.

If we are to be people committed to the Gospel, to our places, and to faithful civic presence, we’ll need to navigate the thorny path framed by extreme Left and extreme Right political ideologies. And we’ll also need to resist the unhelpful temptation that many of us feel toward political cynicism and abandoned hope for positive legislative change.

Over the past few years, we’ve looked for helpful and faithful Kingdom voices to inspire our own faithful civic presence. Below are a few resources that may help you seek hope and life within your places through faithful political engagement.


The Faith & Work Podcast has featured multiple guests offering perspectives and practices for faithful engagement in civic life.


Below are three ways to keep learning about political engagement: a free e-book, a digital course, and video content from a previous event.

Faithful Public ENGAGEMENT

Our faith calls us not away from the world, but toward it. How do we engage with fellow citizens and neighbors who may not share our beliefs or values with courage, humility, respect, and love? In this free digital course, we examine the current state of the public square and practices we can inhabit to lead faithful lives in a turbulent political climate.

Politics at twilight

Dr. Ryan Tafilowski (former Theologian-in-Residence at Denver Institute) wrote a brief e-book on faithful political engagement in an ideologically polarized age. It is a great resource for personal reflection or for group discussions. Download a free copy using the button below.

Politics of Neighborly Love

In the previous national election cycle, Denver Institute hosted an online event featuring a bipartisan lineup of politicians and political advocates. Check out the inspirational event keynote from Justin Giboney (Executive Director of the AND Campaign) and a brief but helpful theological framework from Dr. Ryan Tafilowski (former Theologian-in-Residence at Denver Institute).


We highly recommend these books on faithful civic life from past Faith & Work Podcast guests:


Brian Gray

Brian is the VP of Formation here at DIFW and also leads our 5280 Fellowship program. Prior to landing at DIFW, he served in pastoral ministry for thirteen years and at Denver Seminary for four years. His vocation includes moving ideas out into life through relationships and conversation – whether that applies to God, work, the Church, good beer, or Liverpool Football Club. He married way out of his league, and spends most of his free-time being parented by his two daughters.