Why 2% is bigger than you think

Robert Bellah of the Department of Sociology at the University of California-Berkley was quoted in Involvement:  Being a Responsible Christian in a Non-Christian Society, “The quality of a culture may be changed when 2 percent of its people have a new vision.

If this is true, think about the power that 2% of your people could have in helping you change the culture of your Sunday School, your class, or your home group.  The average church today has approximately 75-100 people.  2% of that group is about 2 people.  What could take place if those 2 people partnered with you and used their individual spheres of influence to bring about positive change in your organization?

  • If you’re a pastor and you want to start regular training for your teachers, find 2 people to help you implement it.
  • Are you a group leader and you want your people to reach out to the community? Find 2 others who share that vision for serving others.
  • Would you like to start a new group? Find 2 others who will become apprentice teachers and work with you to start a new group.

You don’t have to have a massive group of people in order to bring about change in your Sunday School, your class, or your home group.  As one leader has said, “Go with those who’ll go with you.”  Even though 98% of the people might not initially follow your vision, find the 2% that will, thank God for them, and get going – change your church’s Bible study culture.

Now, fill in the blanks: “If I had 2% of the people following my vision for ____________, then I could see us becoming or doing __________________”.  Ask the Lord to give you that 2% so that you can make a kingdom difference through your teaching ministry.


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