Reclaiming 7 Mountains of Culture Next Focus of Faith at Work Movement
The faith at work movement is now entering a new phase of expression. However, to understand this new phase it is helpful to review the history of this movement. In the 1930s CBMC began with a focus of evangelism white collar executives. This continue for several years with the birth of Full Gospel Businessmen's Fellowship International and groups like Executive Ministries of Campus Crusade and many other groups. The Fellowship of Companies for Christ came along in 1977 and focused on making a business owner's company a platform for ministry. In the 1980s we saw a shift toward teaching workplace believers a theology of work. This focus was to encourage the worker and business owner to see their work, even their secular work as ministry. This focus moved from seeing work as a platform for evangelism to understanding that all of life-even our work-is sacred and should be viewed as a ministry. Groups like the International Christian Chamber of Commerce (ICCC), Coalition of Ministry in Daily Life (CMDL) and the C12 Groups were evidence of this kind of focus.
When we entered the 90s another clear focus began to emerge. This focus became known as societal transformation and social entrepreneurship. Bob Buford, author of Halftime began to voice the need for social impact through one's workplace call. Other groups like Pinnacle Forum, a ministry to key influencers and our own ministry, Marketplace Leaders and International Coalition of Workplace Ministries was birthed. This was also the first time non-workplace ministry leaders were recognizing God's move among men and women in the workplace. Leader's like Billy Graham,
A new movement is now taking place in the workplace movement in 2007. In 1975, Bill Bright, founder of Campus Crusade, and Loren Cunningham, founder of Youth With a Mission, had lunch together. God simultaneously gave each of them a message to give to the other: "The culture is shaped by seven mind-molders, or mountains, in society. If we can influence each of these areas for Christ, we will win the culture of our nation."
The Bible tells us that in the last days there will be sheep and goat nations. Sheep nations represent those who follow Christ; goat nations represent those who follow other gods. "All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats" (Matt 25:32). Whoever controls the seven mountains in a nation will determine whether that nation will be a sheep or goat nation. The good news is that God is moving in an unprecedented way among men and women in the workplace today. Dr. Henry Blackaby says "God is marshalling his people in the workplace as never before in history." There is a new trumpet call going out to men and women of influence who are seeing the negative influences in their culture as a wake-up call.
They are beginning to be used by God in the 7 mountains of influence in business, government, media, arts and entertainment, family, religion and education to reclaim their nations for Christ. This fall there will be two conferences built around the theme of reclaiming the 7 mountains of culture. Marketplace Leaders and the International Coalition of Workplace Ministries will be holding an international conference in Atlanta January 24-26, 2007. I believe this is a very important phase of action for the faith at work movement. Leaders are beginning to realize they are called to use their influence in key strategic areas of society for the sake of Christ's Kingdom in order to fulfill His mandate-to be the head, not the tail (Dt. 28:13) by reflecting the love and power of Christ in the area of our calling. Watch closely as we begin to see cities and nations affected by this new wave of the Spirit in God's Church today.