Pastor & Key Leader: Session 7

Pastor & Key Leader: Session 7
February 19, 2017 Neil Kennedy

PASTOR & KEY LEADER SESSION 7

The 7-Step Strategy for Cultural Change

Over a decade ago, I heard a teaching by an Argentinian minister that was so far beyond what I was able to fully comprehend at that time. As I took notes I realized this would become very valuable to me one day. So, I tucked the notes back into my Bible and waited.

This man has been greatly used in leading a cultural change in the marketplace of Argentina. He shared that it takes seven steps to cause cultural change. Let me share it with you and apply it to what we’re doing to change the cultural of manhood in America.

Let’s start with our mission.

The mission of FivestarMan is to be a movement that raises the voice and volume of authentic manhood—thus, changing culture.

The vision of FivestarMan is that by the year 2020, we will introduce this mission to 300 cities, by raising up 300 capable men in those cities, who will impact 3 generations.

By the way, remember that the FivestarMan 300 Matrix is 3-generational. Relationships have a three generational depth—Abraham, Issac, and Jacob; a righteous man leaves an inheritance for his children’s children.

Very few people ever have a viable relationship with their great grandfather. They may know him, but do not have relational influence. As the generations mature, it is the mandate of one generation to influence the culture of the next generation.

Although change is inevitable, precepts and principles are transferable and cross-generational.

Let me share the 7-Step Strategy for Cultural Change as applied to the FivestarMan movement:

1. AUTHENTICITY

  • When men gain the understanding of God’s original intent of authentic manhood, they begin to model what a man is meant to be—true to the original—created in the image of God (See Genesis 1:27)
  • Authenticity is worthy of acceptance and demands the attention of others.
  • When an authentic man walks in the room people know it.

2. INFLUENCE

  • Authenticity demands influence.
  • Men become a moral force and emanate spiritual influence.
  • A FivestarMan becomes a power to change or affect someone.
  • This affect is without directly forcing change to happen, but by suggesting others to force the change to happen.
  • Most of us can describe a man who affected our lives, even if we they were not aware of their direct influence.

3. CLIMATE

  • When 300 FivestarMen are raised up in your church and 300 capable men are raised up in your city, their influence becomes the condition in the city.
  • We see in weather patterns that jet streams influence local climates. In the same way, as authentic manhood becomes the influence the local climate begins to change the community and time period.

4. ATMOSPHERE

  • The surrounding or encompassing climate begins to change the climate in a larger and larger sphere of influence.
  • The influence of authentic manhood becomes regional.
  • At this point, the mass of change is taking affect to force change—it is almost unstoppable, except by implosion.

5. STRONGHOLD

  • A stronghold is typically characterized by an evil force. When it is used for evil the tactic is intimidation, oppression, and domination.
  • When FivestarMan affects the atmosphere, you will tear down strongholds. The domination of evil thoughts and ways will submit to the ways and thoughts of Christ.
  • This is a huge breakthrough in a community. It isn’t easy to get here but when you do everything becomes much easier. Mockers loose their voice. Violence and strife leaves the city.

6. BELIEF SYSTEM

  • A set of beliefs that is corporately and mutually supported by a community.
  • A teaching or doctrine of believed practices that cause habitual conduct and behavior.
  • We used to enjoy the benefit of the Judea/Christian belief system established in America. The culture has chipped away more and more of these foundational principles—now, we’re seeing the devastating affect of this erosion.
  • However, authentic manhood will have a huge impact because we are speaking to the heart of men. As the prophet Malachi forecasted the last day need for a prophetic voice to speak to fathers to repent in the hearts toward their children and the children will respond, otherwise the land would face utter destruction (see Malachi 4:5).
  • Men cannot rise above their belief system. As you know, faith comes by hearing, so we must regularly communicate authentic manhood to men for them to believe and express it.

7. CULTURE

  • The act of developing the intellectual, moral, and spiritual faculties through the steps of influence, creating a climate, affecting the atmosphere and establishing a stronghold to become a belief system.
  • A process to cultivate a community that controls the values, conventions, and practices of people.

When we look back on the last fifty years, there are many factors involved in the strategy to usurp the authority and redefine authentic manhood. Rather than standing up and shouting them down—cursing the darkness, so to speak—we must have a smarter strategy which starts with authenticity.

Having stadium events and raising our voices are great celebrations and are necessary for corporate gatherings of men; however, they will have very little lasting effect to create cultural change in our communities. The collective voice of a movement requires the individual voice of a man, speaking to his family, friends, coworkers, associations, and community.

FivestarMan 300 is a grassroots effort. The inertia of our movement comes from each man who gains understanding of the five purposes of authentic manhood and passionately pursues them. He will then cast off what constrains him and influence everyone in his life.

Next, I will share with you how we attract or repel men by the choice of our language.


SUMMARY

  • The mission of FivestarMan is to be a movement that raises the voice and volume of authentic manhood—thus, changing culture.
  • The vision of FivestarMan is that by the year 2020, we will introduce this mission to 300 cities, by raising up 300 capable men in those cities, who will impact 3 generations.
  • Although change is inevitable, precepts and principles are transferable and cross-generational.
  • Authenticity is worthy of acceptance and demands the attention of others.
  • When 300 FivestarMen are raised up in your church and 300 capable men are raised up in your city, their influence becomes the condition in the city.
  • The prophet Malachi forecasted the last day need for a prophetic voice to speak to fathers, to repent in their hearts toward their children and the children will respond, otherwise the land would face utter destruction (see Malachi 4:5).

Be Strong & Be a Man!

1 Kings 2:2

Neil Kennedy
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