Editor’s note: This is part one of the two-part series on the church’s influence on culture. Click here to read part two.

George Barna revealed in a 2009 survey that only 19% of Christians hold a biblical worldview and that less than 4% of those in their twenties hold a biblical worldview. Are we losing the culture battle? Can the Church any longer impact the culture today given such statistics that reveal the state of the Church?

The Church is often referred to as an institution instead of a people who love and serve society for the purpose of influencing culture. We’ve reduced the “Church” to a place where we go on Sunday instead of a people that IS the Church spread throughout the marketplace daily. People either worship in spirit and truth, or they settle for religious ritual on the church mountain.

Dr. Henry Blackaby sees a vacuum in the area of the local church when it comes to equipping men and women in their work life callings. Blackaby speaks to many church leaders every year about equipping those in the workplace. He is personally equipping leaders in the marketplace because he sees this as the only place we will see societal change. In an interview I did with Henry Blackaby, he offered some helpful comments.

“If someone were to ask me right now where do I sense the greatest potential for revival,” he said, “I’d say in corporate America.”

Blackaby relates to about 170 CEOs of Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies, most of whom have read his book Experiencing God. After reading the book, all of them have requested a conference call with Blackaby to discuss their responses to the book. He has scheduled about ten different conference calls, with eight to ten of them on each call at one time. What is the major concern of these CEOS? Blackaby says, “They are asking me, ‘How do we experience God in corporate America?’” He finds it much, much easier to guide corporate America than to guide the church community into fresh, new experiences with God. Although these CEOs make huge decisions and are personally connected to government leaders and the president’s cabinet, they ask, “How can we use our lives?” Some of them have told him, “We’re convinced that the way to control TV is to make it family friendly, but this must be done through sponsorship.” So the executives said, “We are not going to sponsor any programming that is going to destroy our moral fiber as a nation.”

A lot of these changes they are willing to make in philosophy have come out of their studying Experiencing God. Blackaby told me, “One of the men in our group is a multibillionaire who already had a deep commitment to have a controlling interest in all the theaters in America, and he controls one major theater chain. He desires to help bring family friendly movies in the theatres in America.” Blackaby stressed that these executives want to affect the values system of corporate America.

I asked Dr. Blackaby why the local church has been so ineffective at equipping men and women in the workplace.

“We need spiritual leaders to guide them. I find very few spiritual leaders understand the role of the marketplace in the mind of God. I hear leaders speak, and they never address that issue. It is as if they are totally oblivious to the need to equip these leaders. When I preach on this and why they need to equip leaders in the marketplace, I get a tremendous response. If the churches ever caught the ways of God toward the marketplace, everything would be different. Right now they are telling marketplace people to come and help them build their church. They have it backward. They are supposed to be equipping them for their role in the marketplace. When I tell them that, the lights come on. Many pastors repent when they realize they have it backward. Churches totally turn around when they change their focus.”