There are 7 Centers of Influence in Culture…
In 1975, Bill Bright, founder of Campus Crusade, and Loren Cunningham, founder of Youth With a Mission, had lunch together in Colorado. God simultaneously gave each of these change agents a message to give to the other. During that same time frame Francis Schaeffer was given a similar message. That message was that if we are to impact any nation for Jesus Christ, then we would have to affect the seven centers of influence of society that are the pillars of any society.
About a month later the Lord showed Francis Schaeffer the same thing. In essence, God was telling these three change agents where the battlefield was. It was here where culture would be won or lost. Their assignment was to raise up change agents in these centers of influence, and to help a new generation of change agents understand the larger story.
These seven centers of influence are:
- Business (or commerce)
- The Family
- Arts and Entertainment
- The media
Can a city or community be impacted for Christ? Can it be transformed?
The answer to those questions lies with the level of maturity of Christians in a community that is measured in love, unity and prayer. We are only what we are in the dark; all the rest is reputation. What God looks at is what we are in the dark – the imaginations of our minds; the thoughts of our heart; the habits of our bodies; these are the things that mark us in God’s sight.
Our prayer assignment: Pray for God to raise up raise up agents of change to scale the 7 Centers of Influence in Coweta County, and through that to transform our society.
We must engage the culture to influence it. The reason we don’t see more cultural change is because we have allowed the culture to silence us. Taking a stand for biblical morality is costly.
We need to pray that Christians will be courageous and willing to pay the price to stand for godly morals, that we will be willing to name the Name of Christ even when it may seem inconvenient.
Cultural change is a fruit of biblical Christianity, not a goal. When we use our authority we will lose our influence. When we use our influence we will gain authority.
The seven mountains of influence may be linked to Rev. 5:12. Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive:
Power – Government. Models: Joseph, Daniel, Esther
Riches – Business, finance. Model: Joseph of Arimathea. Doing God’s business God’s way in spite of the cost
Wisdom – Education. Model: Ezra: Ezra 7:10
Strength – Family. Model: Focus on the Family
Honor – Religion. Martin Luther, Martin Luther King
Glory – Arts and Entertainment. Duck Dynasty, Facing the Giants, Passion of the Christ
Blessing – the Media, or good news. Model: Fox news – Hannity, Huckabee, O’Reilly
The 7 Centers of Influence initiative is not an initiative to dominate, but to bring Jesus’ Kingdom life into the 7 centers of influence. It is an initiative that seeks to love and serve all people on the earth into His Kingdom. We are called to model what Christ taught when He prayed that what was in heaven would be manifested on earth through a people known for their love of one another and others. That means His love and grace would be extended to all people.
Want to pray for the transformation of our community using the 7 Centers of Influence approach? Click for a 6 pg. article: Reclaiming the 7 Centers of Influence
Here is a 2 page article on reclaiming the 7 Centers of Influence
A sheet of prayer points for praying for the 7 Centers of Influence
3 pages of prayer points for the 7 Centers of Influence. You may want to print these as a good reference for your prayer time.
Click here for a website containing articles on taking back each of the 7 Centers of Influence.