Land Center for Cultural Engagement

Mission Statement

The Land Center for Cultural Engagement exists to train the next generation, equip the church, and host important conversations on the intersection of Christianity and culture.


The Land Center will convene private gatherings of leaders across the evangelical world to discuss important issues that impact the church and the culture. This will include, but not be limited to, an advisory council made up of SBC leaders, pastors, civil leaders, and public officials.

The Land Center will be a catalyst for research on Christianity and cultural engagement. This will include, but not be limited to:

  • Commissioned research with partners such as Lifeway Research, Pew Forum, or other leading pollsters.
  • A Research Fellows Program

The Land Center will create academic programs for students, including, but not limited to:

  • A Faith and Culture Concentration at Texas Baptist College. Initial classes will include:
    • Human Dignity
    • Church and Culture
    • The Church and the Digital Age
    • Religion and Public Policy
  • Public policy internships
    •  Washington, D.C. Internship in partnership with ERLC
    • Austin, TX internship with Texas Public Policy Foundation

The Land Center will host a wide range of events designed to convene leading scholars and key voices on a variety of topics related to Christian cultural engagement. These events may often feature partnerships with likeminded organizations. This will include, but not be limited to:

  • Academic symposiums
  • Academic lecture series
  • Major conferences on key topics
  • Capstone/fundraising events

The Land Center will produce a variety of content, including articles, podcasts, and videos designed to equip the church. This will reach both lay audiences and the scholarly community.

The Land center will also pursue publishing opportunities with leading Christian publishers for co-branded volumes on ethics and public policy.


Daniel Darling is an author, pastor, and Christian leader. He is the director of the Land Center for Cultural Engagement at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Dan is a bestselling author of several books, including The Original Jesus, The Dignity Revolution, The Characters of Christmas, The Characters of Easterand A Way With Words. He is the general editor, along with Trillia Newbell, of a small group study on racial reconciliation, The Church and the Racial Divide and is a contributor to The Worldview Study Bible.

Dan is an awardwinning writer whose work has appeared in numerous publications. He is a columnist for World magazine and a regular contributor to USA Today. Dan’s work is often featured in Christianity Today and The Gospel Coalition and his op-eds have appeared in The Washington Post, CNN, Washington Times, Time, Huffington Post, National Review, First Things, and other leading outlets.

Publisher’s Weekly called his writing style “substantive and punchy.” Dan speaks and preaches around the country and is regularly interviewed on radio and television, including MSNBC’s Morning Joe and CNN and Fox. He is the host of a popular weekly podcast, The Way Home, where he interviews Christian leaders, politicians, and journalists.

Dan holds a bachelor’s degree in pastoral ministry from Dayspring Bible College, has studied at  Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and is a graduate of  Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Dan has served churches in Illinois and Tennessee. He and his wife Angela have four children.