George Barna (author)
Why Children Should Be Your Church’s #1 Priority
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 alongside parents and equip them to provide their children–at the earliest age possible–with biblical precepts to 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 counceling 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!