“Now it shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established on the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow to it.” (Isaiah 2:2)

In 1975, Bill Bright, founder of Campus Crusade, and Loren Cunningham, founder of Youth With a Mission (YWAM) , 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, founder of L‘Abri and Pat Robertson of Regent University and the Christian Broadcasting Network 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 spheres, or mountains of society that are the pillars of any society.

These seven mountains are business, government, media, arts and entertainment, education, the family and religion. There are many subgroups under these main categories.  In essence, God was telling these four change agents where the battlefield was. It was here where culture would be won or lost. Their assignment was to raise up change agents to scale the mountains and to help a new generation of change agents understand the larger story.


During the last 10 years God has been igniting men and women to see their work life as a holy calling from God. They have begun to realize they have a spiritual calling upon their lives. In the last few years the message of the 7 mountains has begun to re-emerge through many leaders simultaneously, many not knowing one another.

I recall when God began speaking to me about this through my friend Lance Wallnau. I began to teach share this message at international conferences. I had been travelling internationally and had not been in my church for over three months. When I returned, my pastor, Johnny Enlow was in his third message on the 7 mountain strategy.

This became a book entitled The Seven Mountain Prophecy. When God speaks simultaneously to leaders at the same time, this is often when we realize God is initiating something through His Church. Recently I was attending a meeting in Washington, DC hosted by CalltoAll and All America. They were presenting a strategy to impact America for Christ. The 7 spheres of culture was a core part of their strategy.

Henry Blackaby once said, “You never find God asking persons to dream up what they want to do for Him. When God starts to do something in the world, He takes the initiative to come and talk to somebody. For some divine reason, He has chosen to involve His people in accomplishing His purposes.” [1]

How Culture is Defined
Culture is defined by a relatively small number of change agents who operate at the tops of these mountains. It takes less than 3-5% of those operating at the tops of a cultural mountain to actually shift the values represented on that mountain. This is exactly what the gay rights movement has done through the mountain of media and arts and entertainment. They are gradually legitimizing their cause through these two mountains.

Worldview is reflected in each of the mountains of influence by those who operate at the tops of those mountains. The more liberal and ungodly the change agents, the more liberal and ungodly the culture. The more Godly the change agent, the more righteous will be the culture. It matters not if the majority of the culture is made up of Christians. It only matters who has the greatest influence over the cultural mountain.

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  1. Lindsay Medina

    Wow… I have been impacted… and it’s so true about the young generation of ywamers that maybe they understand we need to redeem the 7 spheres.. but because of their mentality and training, they don’t know how to. Many of them do not study in Universities (because of the fear to waste their time in learning humanist knowledge).

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