Wednesday, November 14, 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Location: Howard Performing Arts Center (Presentation specifically geared toward pastors and Christian teachers in schools and Sabbath/Sunday schools)
Topic: Transforming Children Into Spiritual Champions
(Note: this session is approx. 90 minutes long)
Among the chief assets of a church are its children. Unless we build appropriate beliefs and habits into a child’s life from an early age, the chances of him/her becoming a devout follower of Christ are minimal. Our approach to their spiritual maturation must be intentional and strategic. This session describes Barna’s research regarding moral and spiritual development, educational strategy, and family-church partnerships, as well as steps churches and parents may take to buck the culture and raise spiritually mature young people. (For more information, see the book Transforming Children into Spiritual Champions)
Wednesday, November 14, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Location: Pioneer Memorial Church. 8655 University Blvd, Berrien Springs, MI 49103
Topic: Revolutionary Parenting (Presentation specifically geared toward parents and Sabbath/Sunday school teachers)
(Note: this session is approx. 80 minutes long)
Based on research among young adults who have grown up to serve the Lord, and interviews with their parents, this session describes some of the emphases that relate to how parents facilitate a lifelong devotion to serving God through one’s gifts and abilities. Barna will discuss why ministry to children matters; what the Bible says about raising kids; common but ineffective parenting strategies; and the practices of effective parents. Those include an examination of parental priorities, ways of engaging the process, non-negotiable boundaries, fruitful parental behaviors, critical values and beliefs, and establishing life-changing goals. (For more information, see the book Revolutionary Parenting)
Thursday, November 15, 11:30 a.m. – 12: 15 p.m.
Location: Pioneer Memorial Church
Topic: Intentional Development of a Biblical Worldview (University Forum)
The American Church is losing the battle for people’s minds. Less than one out of every five born again adults possess a biblical worldview – and it is the inability to think like Jesus that prevents people from acting like Jesus. Few churches have a strategy or plan to help congregants develop a biblical worldview. Based on his research among individuals who have such a way of interpreting reality, and insights from the churches that are effectively assisting people in the development of a biblical worldview, Barna will describe America’s worldviews and how churches can become more strategically involved in facilitating a biblical worldview. (For more information, see the books Think Like Jesus and Growing True Disciples)