Anyone that I’ve had a conversation with in recent weeks just had to know this day was coming! This particular topic/idea/mission…whatever you want to call it…has been on my heart, my mind, and in my prayers for a while now and I want to share it with all of you.
Back in March Jake and Nancy Lawrence and I had the privilege to take some students to a “Dare 2 Share” Conference in St. Louis. Dare 2 Share Ministry is dedicated to encouraging students to live and share their faith and equipping them with tools on how to do it. It was an exhausting, amazing, perspective-changing, encouraging experience for the students and I cannot wait to go back next year with even more students.
Of all the things that were communicated on that weekend, one statistic really stuck out to me. Yeah…I said statistic…stay with me please…you’ll be glad you did. The speaker, Greg Stier, shared some findings by the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute that exposes how an idea that is held by the minority can become an idea that is held by the majority. You can check out the article on the study by clicking this link: http://news.rpi.edu/update.do?artcenterkey=2902
The article states that “when 10% of the population holds an UNSHAKABLE belief, their belief will ALWAYS be adopted by the majority of the society.” It goes on to say, “When the number of committed opinion holders is below 10 percent, there is no visible progress in the spread of ideas. It would literally take the amount of time comparable to the age of the universe for this size group to reach the majority,” BUT “once that number grows above 10 percent, the idea spreads like flame.”
So I’m thinking 10%? 10% is all it takes for these students to change their entire school! So instead of these students thinking they have to reach 3,285 students (which is the enrollment for students between 6-12 grade in Troy) that number becomes 329. If 329 students had an UNSHAKABLE belief in Jesus Christ, then the majority of their school would follow suit. You might think 329 students is too much to ask. Not if you consider the fact that we have, roughly, 70 students every Wednesday at Journey Youth. If each student reached 3 students with the Gospel, that number with an unshakable belief becomes 210. Then if you challenge those students to go and tell 3 students (you know, MATTHEW 28:19 – “go and make disciples…”) then that number becomes 630 which is more than the 329 you need to change the majority view.
So what does this number mean to you? Does it change your outlook a little? A lot? Take this information personally. How many people are at your office, in your family, on your job site? What would our world, your world, look like if we could reach 10% with the Gospel message of Jesus Christ? We would start a revolution that would literally change our world. A spark is all that is needed for a wildfire to start. An avalanche begins with a single snowflake; a lone raindrop can become a flood. What all these things have in common is, alone they are insignificant, but together…TOGETHER it is a FORCE of nature that can’t be ignored, can’t be dismissed, and can’t be denied.
I want to challenge all of my youth pastor friends to challenge their students with this information like we’ve challenged our students at Journey Youth. I want you to be challenged by this information. Jesus is the remedy, but if people don’t know him because we don’t talk about him; and not just talk about him, but show people who he is by living like he did – loving others – how can we expect our world to change? Sitting around and wishing things would change or complaining about the way things are will not make a difference. But if 10% would rise up for THE CAUSE of Christ we could start a revolution that would change our schools, workplaces, communities – our world.