Why Your Worldview Matters

A worldview is a set of assumptions (beliefs) that may be true, partially true, or entirely false, which people hold (consciously or unconsciously, consistently or inconsistently) about the basic makeup of our world.

A worldview supplies answers to certain rock-bottom questions that work together to provide what seems to be a coherent frame of reference for all thought and action in regard to the world. James Sire lists seven questions. Your answers to these questions make up your worldview:

  1. What is really real?
  2. What is the nature of the world around us?
  3. What is a human being?
  4. What happens to a person at death?
  5. Why is it possible to know anything at all?
  6. How do we know what is right or wrong?
  7. What is the meaning of human history?

From Look Before You Lead: How to Discern & Shape Your Church Culture by Aubrey Malphurs.