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Transforming Children Into Spiritual Champions: Why Children Should Be Your Church's #1 Priority [Hardcover]

By George Barna (Author)
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Building Tomorrow's Church Begins with Today's Children. In the simplest terms, cultivating a biblical worldview means learning to think and act like Jesus. But how can the Church--and parents--teach children something their own parents didn't know to teach them? Many parents have never had early spiritual training, so they look to the church to provide it for their children. The problem is, churches usually focus on teens and adults-failing to realize that a child's moral development is set by the age of nine.

The answer? George Barna says that churches must begin now to come along-side parents and equip them to provide their children--at the earliest age possible--with biblical precepts that will protect them from a barrage of worldly ideas and teaching that is hostile to the biblical worldview. Churches must also think in terms of providing parents with information and counseling that will help them rear their children to be followers of God. It's time to wage a spiritual war-time to equip parents to help their children become the spiritually mature Church of tomorrow, literally transforming them into spiritual champions!

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No one can deny that our culture is opposed to Christian values, and the influences bombarding our children's moral development can be deadly. But few parents and church leaders realize how critical it is to start developing a child's biblical worldview from the very earliest years of life. The problem is complex: parents who themselves did not receive early spiritual training leave their children's training to the church. Yet the church often focuses on older children--not realizing that a child's moral development is set by the age of nine. The answer is for churches to recognize the need to come alongside parents to provide them biblical worldview training, parenting information, counseling, etc., that will equip them to help their children become the spiritually matuare Church of tomorrow. Profiles presented of churches who are effectively ministering to children and winning the war our enemy is waging against them\. Research orientated books on childhood spiritual development. "Raising ""Heaven Bound Kids in a Hell Bent World" by Eastman Curtis /" What Your Kids Need to Know About God and When by "John Trent / "Introducing the Spiritual Side of Parenting" by Ron Clarkson / "Bringing Up Boys" by James Dobson.

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Transforming Children Into Spiritual Champions: Why Children Should Be Your Church's #1 Priority by George Barna has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Charisma & Christian Life - 03/01/2004 page 94

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Studio: Regal
Pages   140
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 6" Height: 9"
Weight:   0.75 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Nov 21, 2003
ISBN  0830732934  
ISBN13  9780830732937  

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More About George Barna

George Barna A native New Yorker, George Barna has filled executive roles in politics, marketing, advertising, media, research and ministry. He founded the Barna Research Group (now The Barna Group) in 1984 and helped it become the nation’s leading marketing research firm focused on the intersection of faith and culture. The company has served several hundred parachurch ministries and thousands of Christian churches throughout the country. It has also supplied research to numerous corporations and non-profit organizations, as well as to the U.S. Navy and U.S. Army.

To date, Barna has written 48 books, mostly addressing leadership, trends, church health and spiritual development. They include best-sellers such as Revolution, Transforming Children into Spiritual Champions, The Frog in the Kettle, and The Power of Vision. His most recent book is Revolutionary Parenting. Several of his books have received national awards. He has had more than 100 articles published in periodicals and writes a bi-weekly research report (The Barna Update) accessed by more than a million people each year, through his firm’s website ( His work is frequently cited as an authoritative source by the media. He has been hailed as "the most quoted person in the Christian Church today" and has been named by various media as one of the nation’s most influential Christian leaders.

He is a popular speaker at ministry conferences around the world and has taught at Pepperdine and Biola Universities and several seminaries. Barna served as a pastor of a large, multi-ethnic church and has been involved in several church start-ups.

After graduating summa cum laude from Boston College, Barna earned two Master's degrees from Rutgers University. At Rutgers, he was awarded the Eagleton Fellowship. He also received a doctorate from Dallas Baptist University. He lives with his wife (Nancy) and their three daughters (Samantha, Corban, Christine) in southern California. He enjoys reading novels, watching movies, playing guitar, and relaxing on the beach.

George Barna currently resides in Glendale Oxnard, in the state of California.

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Save your money  Aug 18, 2005
This is not up to Barna's usual standards. It is not a representation of well-researched data with a good analysis. It's a collection of personal thoughts and musings.

About a half-dozen of Barna's books are on my bookshelf, I normally enjoy his work. This book is a dud. It lacks compelling factual arguments, and has little in the way of practcal application.

GREAT!  Nov 24, 2004
This is a must read for any pastor or children's director who wants to affect change in the future of the church. VERY EYE opening. Laden with statistics, but important ones!

Will help you redefine your understanding of parents and the effective ministry to their children.
Works Well  Oct 28, 2004
This is a good solid book. Too many churches treat children's ministry like a babysitting service and an afterthought. I work at a school that provides MA in Children's and Family ministries and the many many students we have in the program are getting a graduate education in Children's & Family ministries. They are taking this seriuosly, their churches are taking it seriously, and so is George Barna in this book.

There are many stats to back up what he is saying and it is done in plain english. I appreciate the way Barna shares his research and does not seem so profit driven as other Christian writers from big publishing companies.

This, is a good book. Every elder in any church that cares should pick this up and give it a look before the church budgets are set for the following year. I highly recommend it. Joseph Dworak
Thoughtful, well-reasoned challenge  May 26, 2004
Barna is known for writing books based on superb research - and this one is no exception. Drawing from several national studies conducted among children, as well as others among families and church pastors, this book really challenged me to re-think my own assumptions and behavior regarding the importance of ministry to children. The book was helpful to me personally, not only by giving useful insights into why focusing on substantive ministry to children is so critical - he offers some very eye-opening information in that regard - but also providing specifics on how to reach kids more effectively. The last few chapters outline what churches can do to facilitate parents being more effective and how churches can assist parents rather than replace them. A disturbing book in some ways - the spiritual state of children, as described, is frightening - but a hugely helpful, practical and needed book. Every parent and every pastor should read this one!!!
"Champions" Doesn't Make the Play-offs  May 22, 2004
For many years, I have appreciated George Barna's research and writing. But this book is a severe disappointment, an egg, a dud. I'm afraid he whipped it out and his publisher put it out, hoping to sell books on George's reputation. Readers will quickly see through this charade, however, as Barna takes logical leaps more befitting a gymnast than a researcher. While I agree with some of his destinations, his tortuous route for getting there forced me off the road. For example, Barna compares the amount of money our government spends on "caring for the average felon" to the amount a church spends on a "spiritually hungry child." How ridiculous! Why not compare how much our government spends on highways or defense or paper, or how about contrasting a pro baseball player's salary with that of the average children's ministry director. His logic is worse than a politician's in an election year. And some of his research tables have the same leaps of logic. He should have done better. The Church deserves better from someone of his reputation and platform.

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