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The Cultivating Project is the discipling initiative of Cultivating.



Rooted in Christ alone, Cultivating is designed to present the three transcendentals of Goodness, Truth, and Beauty in every issue and product we create. Our focus centers in three key areas –
                      Craft (creative excellence), Character (spiritual maturity), and Community (core relationships). 

About The Cultivating Project

The Cultivating Project is a nurtured community of writers and makers each committed to pursuing spiritual maturity as Christians and growing in excellence in our given crafts and life calling. Cultivating as a magazine and publishing venue is the place we gather and share our offerings with each other and with our readers.

In effect, Cultivating is a wayside inn made for welcoming and refreshing fellow sojourners traveling  Homeward.
The Cultivating Project is the fellowship of inn keepers who live in and manage the Inn for each other and for fellow travelers.

One of our deepest distinctives as a publication is that the focus of our care is as much on those who contribute as on the content and publication. The Cultivating Project is a fellowship of believers united in a long act of worship through our arts and our lives. We serve each other in prayer and helping to promote each other’s work created for Cultivating or independently, so each of us is less alone in our creative outreaches. In all our ways and efforts, we seek to glorify God and bear witness to His goodness. 

The Cultivating Project

Joining  The Cultivating Project is by invitation only.
At this time, we do not accept unsolicited manuscripts or art work, or publish single occasion (one-off) submissions, except by request of the publisher. Cultivating as a publication is made by The Cultivating Project team and is based on a “team-and-theme” model. Unlike the operating  structure for many magazines whose focus is  primarily on content,  for Cultivating the relationships and growth among the team are as important a part of what we are producing as the quality of craft and content of the publication. The growth and wholeness of our team members is truly our primary work of art. 

When we look to add new members, we look for individuals who are committed to deepening their walk with Christ, to pursuing and practicing creative excellence, to abiding relationships in core community, and who are willing to share their gifts with others. An openness to engage in the Cultivating fellowship is strongly valued.
Invitations go out roughly once a year and new members are welcomed with joy. 

Qualities of The Cultivating Project Team Members

We look for candidates who are:

1. Rooted and grounded in Christ,
stand in agreement with our statement of faith
(the Nicene Creed),
able to say wholeheartedly that Christ is Lord,
are growing in obedience and in sound theology,
and in a submitted relationship with the Triune God

2. Committed to living out the values of a Cultivating life - pursuing a life of long discipleship integrating craft, character formation, and committed core relationships

3. Willing to join the project team for a 3-year period or longer and be an active part of the Cultivating fellowship

4. Willing to submit quarterly within the designated seasonal timeframe and theme, and on occasion respond to specialty requests

5. Able to provide high quality work - written, visual, music, or tech - for Cultivating as a part of the extended mission of Cultivating for encouraging and inspiring other believers engaged in the long work of restoration

6. Willing to pray for the other team members and offer encouragement / support; and willing also to receive it

7. Willing to promote Cultivating itself, along with our core shared values, and each other's work (sharing our respective strengths for each other’s good)

8. Have an on-going outlet for one’s own creative efforts outside of Cultivating (website, Etsy-store, other publications, etc.) that we can refer to - help promote (Note: this is preferable, but not mandatory – occasionally team members do not have a website or have an active presence in social media)

9. Be an active, subscribing member of Cultivating, and familiar with the tone of the magazine, the community of contributors, and the intent of our outreach. 

Cultivating is the home place for the collective voice of
 The Cultivating Project,
a group of Christian writers and makers sharing from the abundance of our creative lives for the sake of encouraging others, especially those engaged in the work of cultural and personal restoration.

We are people who have chosen to walk a path with Christ, committed to cultivating character development, creative excellence, and rooted community.

Cultivating the Good, True, & Beautiful originally stems from the scripture verses Philippians 4.8-9.

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.”

When Cultivating was first launched in 2007, it started out as a solitary effort by one person intent on offering encouragement, inspiration and a resting place for others.  The name was Cultivating the Good, the True, and the Beautiful. The meaning and focus were right but the name was too long to be used easily. Over the following 15 years the name shortened naturally to Cultivating. The site and the project have gone through massive changes in appearance and reach. Cultivating has gone through 5 site rebuilds. What started as one person is now a team of 40.
The core purpose, however,  has remained the same from the beginning  ~ to give God's people courage to engage faithfully and wholeheartedly in the long work of restoration, rebuilding, and renewal. 

Cultivating is dedicated to nurturing spiritual maturity, creative excellence ,
and strong core relationships in believers engaged creative endeavors. 
It is a place for contemplation and to be reminded of what is good, true, and beautiful.
And it is a place to encounter others who are committed to  the same Homeward pursuit. 

Why "cultivate"?
As the founder of Cultivating, the word cultivate has particular significance and beauty to me. It not only represents the deep love that I hold for gardening but also in a single word it describes the deepest value of how I choose to live:
tending, nurturing and defending what is Good, True and Beautiful.

To cultivate with deliberate intention is an act of choice, courage and creative hope.
It is an act of love and a step of faith. By definition it means to break up hard ground, to prepare for planting,
to nurture. By practice it means to choose what I focus on, what I invest my life, energy, heart and strength in,
and what I then to pass on to others.
It also means guarding against those elements that threaten what I have chosen to nurture.
I cultivate as an offering of worship to our Creator and obedience to Him as my God and King.
An essential tenet of what I believe is that good will always overcome evil — even when we do not live to see that in this world, that Light overcomes the darkness and the darkness will NEVER put it out,  that Beauty triumphs over destruction,  that He Who is Life has prevailed over death,
and that this great Story we are living in has the very best of endings.

I am inspired by Philippians 4.8 “For the rest, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of reverence and is honorable and seemly, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely and lovable, whatever is kind and winsome and gracious, if there is any virtue and excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on and weigh and take account of these things [fix your minds on them].” (Amplified Version). And grounded on Deuteronomy 30.19 – “I call heaven and earth to witness this day against you that I have set before you life and death, the blessings and the curses; therefore choose life, that you and your descendants may live ….”

Life is good. Cultivate it! 
Read more about our story here

Origins of Cultivating

Who are “we” as a tribe? We who share this mysterious DNA of the soul and spirit?
What is it in us that is the same; that pulls us toward the same horizon, pulls us together with the quiet astonishment of “What? You, too?”? Who are we as a tribe of Christ followers bent toward making; artists and writers and craftsman of every kind who have suffered, loved, pressed on for the sake of Beauty, kept reaching for the Light? Who are we who cherish every representation of Goodness, and guard it fiercely when it is placed in our keeping?
Who are we who swear allegiance to a High King we cannot yet see with our made eyes; who know His voice speaking without sound; who hold the ground for Him as we wait for His return?
Who are we who worship our God and Maker through our making and our living? 

Rooted and grounded in Christ, the Vine and Oak,
we cultivate our lives as a garden
to produce the fruit of the Spirit as much as we cultivate it to produce art.
We cultivate healthy marriages and healthy children.
We cultivate circles of nourished friends, and honourable ways to make a living.
We cultivate by choice. We cultivate by discipline.
We cultivate the conditions in which goodness, truth, and beauty thrive
within the lines drawn for us.
We cultivate spaces for others to find refuge, healing, and places to flourish of their own.
We cultivate planting, growth, harvest, and Sabbath in their seasons.
We tend growth and we defend it.
We labour wholeheartedly to reclaim what was given us but was lost.
We work to rebuild, restore, and renew whole lives reflecting the mending of all that has been broken.
We labour for the restoration of what is meant to be,
people made whole, right, mended, and free..
We are namers and makers, prayers and labourers, envisioners and incarnators.
We are Cultivators tending to the business
of both earth and Heaven,
walking with God as we are made to
in the gardens of our lives
and the Kingdom that is coming.

cultivator's manifesto

We are Cultivators,
oaks of righteousness,
planted by the Lord,
for His splendour 
and joy.

"For we are God’s fellow workers [His servants working together]; 
you are God’s cultivated field [His garden, His vineyard], God’s building."

1 Corinthians 3:9

good. true. beautiful.


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