Seven Mountain Alliance

God's Kingdom Wherever You Are

The Big Picture

What would you say if we told you that you could begin to significantly increase your personal impact for the Kingdom of God right where you are, right now? The Seven Mountain Alliance is ready to help you see that happen! But first we need to understand the big picture!

We all know that our churches and our nations are facing major challenges, perhaps unlike any before in our history.  We hear a lot of talk about the Christian heritage of the US, but certain current facts demand our prayerful attention, discernment and action.

According to the most recently available Barna research, less than 20% of the Christians who consider themselves “born again”, evangelical, or conservative reformed hold beliefs that would constitute even a rudimentary biblical world and life viewpoint.

Less than nine percent of the overall US population accepts even the basic tenets of a biblical worldview, and of the general population between the ages of 18-23, that figure drops to less than one half of one percent.  1 in 200.

So in the absence of a clearly biblical perspective, how are the vast majority of people, even Christians, forming their views and reaching decisions?  What grid are they using to determine what’s true, or right or moral?

Christian social critic and national marketing strategist Gordon Pennington was visiting the home of a friend. As they discussed some of these issues, the conversation turned to the the challenges of parenting and the ways in which our children are influenced by the broader culture.

At one point Pennington said to his friend, "Give me less than five minutes to look around their bedrooms. Based on the music they listen to, the books and magazines they read, the posters on the wall and the clothes in the closet, I can tell you the names of the top five national advertising execs who are discipling your kids."

Recent laws and Supreme Court cases have been widely cited as crucial cultural turning points for our nation and its global influence, but the reality is that the cultural battle was lost long before it ever reached the Supreme Court.  The battleground was not in congress, or congregations, or the chambers of the Supreme Court.  The real battleground was in education, psychology, social media, news outlets, business influence, and entertainment content.  These were the spheres of influence by which the cultural heart and mind was being shaped.  Congress, the Supreme Court, and even many churches...have merely followed suit.

The indisputable fact is that the past fifty years…one generation…has seen a massive shift in technology, information, cultural values and spiritual atmosphere.   A seismic shift!

There is a collision of worlds occurring in the US, which has repercussions globally.  It is a collision of radically different agendas, visions for the future and values for the present.  Just like the forces that build when continents collide, there is tectonic pressure growing. And when it is released, structures are affected, systems are disrupted, and whole landscapes can change.

Tipping Points

As author and social commentator Malcolm Gladwell has observed, cultural influence is all about "tipping points".  Key shifts can be accomplished in the perspective, focus and direction of any culture or group through the strategic efforts of just six percent of its population. Effective influence doesn't require a mass movement, and cultural change rarely arises from a spontaneous groundswell of popular "enlightenment". The strategic influence of a mere six percent who understand the gateways to the popular heart and mind is all it takes to create a shift. A tipping point.
This is why Jesus told His disciples that they were "salt" and "light".  This is why He told them that the "gates" of Hell, the entry points of darkness coming into the world, could not prevail against them. This is why He told them to go out and engage in the messy business of making disciples of individuals and nations and peoples and proclaim the breaking in of  God's Kingdom reign as good news.
A pastor from India was visiting our city and was stunned to learn that there are more churches than bars or restaurants.  In some neighborhoods, one every other block.  He was quiet for a few moments, then turned and said, “With an army like that, I could change the world.”
Well, we have an army like that, in cities all across North America and in various regions around the globe.  We can mobilize to change the world...if we will. We're already involved in ongoing strategic conversations with believers in the Americas, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and the nations of the Indian Ocean and Pacific Rim. Western-style democracies. Islamic Republics. Communist countries. From free and open nations to totalitarian environments. Something is stirring. There is an emerging global hunger for understanding the good news of God's Kingdom and the practical ways in which His Presence and power can transform lives and cultures and nations. There is a growing global desire to understand the times...and know what to do.
There are seven key arenas whose influence shapes the heart and mind of a culture.  The faith community or church is definitely one, but six others have played and continue to play pivotal roles as mind molders.  Family, Education, Business, Media, Arts & Entertainment, and Government. 

Each of these seven key arenas, gateways, or cultural mountains, has Christians involved right now.  The critical question is will they be the influencers or will they simply be shaped by the predominant trends already in play?

Will they be affirmed, equipped and released to understand their sphere, and advance God's Kingdom right where they are?

What will the influence of biblical truth and compassionate Christian engagement look like as believers rise to the task of bringing a distinctive Kingdom presence to each of these mountains?  What sort of real-world best practices will come into use in each unique context?  What will happen when the Presence of God is released in transforming power in offices and factories, hospitals and schools, laboratories and theaters, on television and the internet? What sort of innovations might develop when the creative power of God invades every sphere of human endeavor, bathed in prayer and truth and practical servant leadership?

These are the kinds of issues and questions we want to continue addressing...with you! 
So.  Back to our first question.  What would you say if we told you that you could begin to significantly increase your personal impact for the Kingdom of God right where you are, right now?

If any of this resonates with you, you are already part of this movement! Join us. Get involved. Listen to the teachings and podcasts on our resource page. Catch the vision for God's Kingdom in every part of life... in the streets and the marketplace and the public square. And engage! Right where you are!

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The Seven Mountain Alliance is a subsidiary initiative of the Empowerment Institute in strategic partnership with OneRockStrategix.
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