Want to reach America's largest hidden mission field? Look down! Studies show that our children's moral development is largely set before the age of ten. Discover ways for your congregation to target this worldview-shaping window of opportunity, equip new Christian parents to nurture spiritual maturity in their kids, and help strengthen the church's future generation.
No one can deny that our culture is opposed to Christian values, and the influences bombarding our childrens moral development can be deadly. But few parents and church leaders realize how critical it is to start developing a childs biblical worldview from the very earliest years of life. The problem is complex: parents who themselves did not receive early spiritual training leave their childrens training to the church. Yet the church often focuses on older childrennot realizing that a childs 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.
George Barna is the award-winning author of more than 45 books, including bestsellers such as Revolution, The Power of Vision, The Frog in the Kettle and The Seven Faith Tribes. He is also founder of The Barna Group, a leading research firm that specializes in faith-related surveys. In 2009, George initiated Metaformation, a new organization designed to help people maximize their potential. George has led several churches and lives with his family in Southern California.
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