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Questions for Transforming Culture

If transforming culture was easy, everyone would be doing it.

If you’re serious about transforming culture, you recognize you can’t do it by yourself. If you do understand this truth, you ask yourself, “How am I equipped, and with whom should I serve to create cultural change?”

It’s not a comfortable question to consider in our ego-driven and narcissistic society, which includes the professional, social, and religious sub-cultures.

When you look into the life of Christ, he asked 307 questions of his followers, the curious, the religious community, and societal leaders.

At the Pinnacle Forum National Leadership Conference, the conversation centered for 48 hours on the question of how we live the fullness of Christ-centered leadership in turbulent times.

Are you stewarding your influence to transform culture? Whom are you serving?

Whom are you mentoring?

Regi Campbell, the founder of Radical Mentoring, drew a compelling parallel between Christ’s impact and the number of people whom he called as disciples.

“More time with fewer people equals greater accumulative impact.”

He asked, “Is it possible to transform culture with a mentoring approach?”

Wrestle with that question. In business and church, the focus is on numbers, not transformation. 12 men carried a message that became a movement lasting over 2,000 years.

“More time with fewer people equals greater accumulative impact.”

With whom will you invest your time, and for what purpose?

Do you have a proper sense of your calling?

Os Guinness, a descendant of Arthur Guinness, is an author and social critic. His book, “The Call,” is the classic reflection on purpose and calling (and a must-read for the EntreWorshipper).

Os challenges followers of Christ with this thought: 

“The focus should be on individual calling to engage culture (not the church). We must trust others are doing the same, and look to God for the outcome.”

Os asserts that we don’t have a proper sense of our calling. We:

  • Over-spiritualize calling: There is no distinction between sacred and secular calling (a key belief of a whole-minded Christ-follower).
  • Are narcissistic about our calling: We are called to serve him when called, our gifts and talents shape our calling.
  • Over-strategize calling: The Lord is the one who deploys his followers and looks after strategy.

“Aim for things beyond the horizon. God takes care of the rest.”

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