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In Raising Spiritual Champions, renowned researcher and bestselling author George Barna reveals that who your child will be as an adult is essentially determined by the age of 13—their core beliefs, morals, values, desires, and lifestyle.
Raising your child is an exciting opportunity to influence a life but also a daunting assignment. Parents have the God-given responsibility—and privilege—to guide the development of their children, a commitment that cannot be delegated to schools, churches, media, or community organizations.
Author & Director of Research, Cultural Research Center at Arizona Christian University
George Barna: A Leading Figure in Cultural Research
George Barna is a co-founder and Director of Research at the Cultural Research Center of Arizona Christian University. With over 40 years of professional research experience, he has been evaluating and analyzing trends in faith and culture in America. As a professor at ACU, Barna focuses on evaluating worldviews, promoting worldview development, and encouraging cultural transformation. He has also founded and led the Barna Group, a research company that has set the standard for understanding trends in American culture. Barna is the author of over 60 books, many of which have won awards and have been included on the New York Times bestsellers list.
Two decades ago, I stumbled upon what became one of my life's most essential ministry discoveries. It was an accident that changed my life—except it was not an accident., there are no accidents in life. Over time, it became clear that the "accidental
discovery" was a direct and strategic message to me from God.
... As we discovered more and more from the ensuing research, my thinking about ministering to children shifted 180 degrees. I realized that if we do not get it right with young children, the chances are good that we will never see those people mature into authentic disciples of Jesus.
Read more in the preface of my book.
Initiating a major project like this one has been a challenging undertaking. Before beginning the primary research for this book, I spent months and a significant amount of money seeking knowledge and insights related to the topic. Throughout this exploration, one thing became abundantly clear. More information is needed related to the spiritual development of children and the role that parents and communities of faith play in that spiritual development process.
Simply put, God calls us to raise children to become
spiritual youngsters who mature into transformed and transformational followers of Jesus Christ. We can do this! To get off to a good start in that quest, we must commit and gain practical insights and strategies to fulfill this crucial commitment. We believe the information in this book will help us, offering information that informs and inspires
We live in a turbulent time, testing the foundation of our faith in God. Children and the family unit are more vulnerable than ever before. George Barna’s research proves that America’s children are in a spiritual crisis and identifies the crucial elements of successful discipleship for raising children to be confident followers of Christ. There is a pressing need for every parent, pastor, teacher, church leader, and even grandparent to read Raising Spiritual Champions.
- Tony Perkins, President, Family Research Council