Warren’s P.E.A.C.E. Plan and Wagner’s Dominionism

C. Peter Wagner yet again – Bruce Wilson finds an interesting quote from Wagner’s 2008 book Dominion! How Kingdom Action Can Change the World, in which he discusses Rick Warren’s “P.E.A.C.E.” Plan, which seeks to improve conditions in Africa (p. 174):

I think the P.E.A.C.E. plan fits most comfortably into Phase One, the “social action” phase of strategies for obeying God’s cultural mandate. The Phase Two emphases on strategic-level spiritual warfare and associated activities have not been placed front and center. And crucial to Phase Three, as I am defining it, are such things as apostolic/prophetic government of the Church, the Church (including apostles) in the workplace, the great transfer of wealth, dominion theology and the 7-M mandate.

The “7-M mandate” is the idea rthat Christians need to take charge of a country by “capturing” seven “mountains” that represent cultural aspects of society: business, government, media, arts and entertainment, education, the family and religion.

We don’t know whether Warren himself sees his “P.E.A.C.E” (“Promote reconciliation – Equip servant leaders – Assist the poor – Care for the sick – Educate the next generation”) Plan in these terms, but, as Bruce notes, Wagner was Warren’s PhD supervisor at Fuller Theological Seminary. Warren enjoys close links with President Museveni of Uganda – a country which is currently pondering a draconian Anti-Homosexuality Bill, and last year Warren gave support to Ugandan Anglicans with a statement that gay rights should not be accepted (although he just recently distanced himself from one of the more obsessive anti-gay religious leaders). Further, one of the powerful Ugandan evangelists promoting the Bill is inspired by the “Seven Mountain” strategy (as I blogged yesterday, drawing on work by Warren Throckmorton), and has other links with Wagner.

Warren’s P.E.A.C.E. plan was unveiled in 2005, as I blogged at the time, and it was initially focused on Rwanda. Warren declared that Rwanda would be the first “Purpose-Driven nation”, implementing Peter Drucker-inspired management ideas from Warren’s bestselling book The Purpose-Driven Life; concerns were raised at the end of 2006 that “Warren and his teams of PEACE missionaries may be unwittingly playing politics” in the country. Warren was in Rwanda just a couple of weeks ago, leading a prayer breakfast with Kagame and “a cross-section of Rwandan leaders”; according to the Kigali New Times, Tony Blair “dropped by the event”.