The Seven Cultural Mountains

Culture can be broken down into 7 main areas. Over the last 50 years a variety of people have thought about the components of culture and have come up with lists of seven things each independently of each other. These lists had all the same ideas although sometimes the terminology was different.

1. Religion
2. Family
3. Arts & Entertainment
4. Government & Judicial
5. Education
6. Media
7. Business.

A lot of Christian people think that they are going to change the world on the 'religion mountain' and so they try to do church services as good as they can. They try to write the best church songs and preach the best sermons. However Religion is only one seventh of culture and it will only have somewhat of an impact on the other cultural mountains.

To really change the world we need people who will climb the other mountains and exert positive influence within each of those environments. To stand on the religion mountain and shout at the other mountains will not work.

In our churches we need good people who will see that their 'ministry' is to climb the mountains of business and make money and be a good influence there. We need people who will become good educators, good politicians, good lawyers and judges, good musicians and artists and good website designers. When Christians start climbing the 6 other mountains then they will be changing the world

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