The thesis of this article is that Kingdom entrepreneurs represent an engine that can transform a nation from one of self-centered individuals to one of other-centered people who love God and each other. A transformed society is characterized by love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Gal 5:22); whereas an untransformed society is subject to sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery, idolatry and witchcraft, hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy, drunkenness, orgies, and the like (Gal 5:19-21).
In a fallen world, how to achieve biblical and lasting transformation is the only real question for those who aspire to be Christ's disciples. Put another way, leading people and building organizations God's way is what all Christian leaders should aspire to do. Once one sees this, studying and walking out God's principles of transformation takes center stage. Indeed, God is in the business of transformation. Continually, I might add.
Os Hillman • Workplace, City & Nation Transformation
I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: I in them and you in me. (John 17:22-23).
We have heard a lot about the 10/40 window of unreached people groups over the last ten years. These people represent those who have never heard the gospel. However, the "9 to 5 window", where the majority of people spend the majority of their time, also has a large number of unreached people who have the power to impact the entire world for Jesus Christ once they make a commitment to Him and begin to walk in their destiny. Today, we are seeing a move of God among men and women in the 9 to 5 Window, the place where real societal change can take place because of the strategic position many of these believers hold in society. I believe equipping and commissioning this group is key to city and nation transformation.
Dr .Peter Wagner • Workplace, City & Nation Transformation
Social transformation, as I have been saying, is one of the strongest words that the Holy Spirit is clearly speaking to the churches today. But before many of us would be prepared to accept that statement at face value, we would need to be assured that what we think we might be hearing from the Holy Spirit is truly biblical. We are sure, for example, that saving souls is biblical, but how about transforming society?
I know this is a crucial question, because for years I would have said that working toward social change should not be considered a part of our Christian duty. I was taught that the world was supposed to get worse and worse, and the more it did, the closer Christ's second coming would be. I believed that at some low point in history, all true believers would be snatched out of the earth and that those left behind would go through seven of the worst years of all, just prior to the Lord's glorious appearing. Meanwhile, our job was to spread the gospel and get as many soo
Eric Swanson • Workplace, City & Nation Transformation
A small cloud is on the horizon. The winds of change are beginning to gather strength and with certainty a storm is coming.change is coming. All over our world there is a quiet movement of the Spirit of God that is causing believers to re-examine how they "do church." Churches are throwing out the old measures of success. It's no longer merely about size, seeker sensitivity, spiritual gifts, church health, nor the number of small groups. It's about making a significant and sustainable difference in the lives of people around us-in our communities and in our cities.
Os Hillman • Workplace, City & Nation Transformation
Can a city be truly transformed for Jesus Christ? Does it seem like such a lofty goal that few will ever attain it? Well the reality is that today there are no fewer than 200 cities across the world that are in some form of transformation, according to Alistair Petrie, who spoke at the 2004 International Coalition of Workplace Ministries (ICWM) Workplace Transformation Summit. Petrie cited these cities as having a level of transformation in every aspect of their public, governmental and business life.
A small cloud is on the horizon. The winds of change are beginning to gather strength and with certainty a storm is coming.change is coming. All over our world there is a quiet movement of the Spirit of God that is causing believers to re-examine how they "do church." Churches are throwing out the old measures of success. It's no longer merely about size, seeker sensitivity, spiritual gifts, church health, nor the number of small groups. It's about making a significant and sustainable difference in the lives of people around us-in our communities and in our cities...
The Christian Fellowship at Sears, Roebuck and Company • The Faith at Work Movement
God continues to work in amazing and unexpected ways at Sears. During the past two years, God has surfaced and brought more and more senior leaders to the company who are strong, committed Christians and who see the workplace as a major part of their calling. The body of Christ at Sears continues to pray, watch and respond. The Christian Fellowship at Sears is not the product of a formula or a step-by-step process. It is simply - yet abundantly and miraculously - the result of God's work and the obedience of His people. Read on to learn how this transformation occurred.