Book Review - George Barna's Futurecast
George Barna is a very respected Christian, author and Founder of The Barna Group, the nation's leading marketing research firm focused on the intersection of faith and culture. He is the author of 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 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.
I just finished George's book Futurecast. The book is somewhat unsettling because surveys clearly show a large change in Americans view of the church and Christianity and the Bible.
Barna's conclusion is that the best way to spread the gospel is for each person to first become the person God created you to be and then to work one on one, on a personal level, with the people God puts in your life.
Here are some quotes from the book:
"People of passion draw attention, and they experience sustained influence."
"You will find some common threads through the way God works in the lives of surrendered servants...your efforts will transcend whatever words or marketing efforts you deploy to bring attention to what God is doing through you."
"In South Korea, the legendary Yoido Full Gospel Church has more than eight hundred thousand members and packs it monstrous worship center for seven services each weekend (translated into sixteen languages and dialects."
"...the biggest American church, based on weekly attendance, is lakewood Church in Houston, Texas. Lakewood claims a weekly average attendance of about forty five thousand people."
"One third of college students believe that if they simply show up to class, they deserve a B."
"Years of research persuasively reveal that the future is largely determined by the outcome of our parenting - that is, who we raise our children to become."
"It has been shown that children who are the least busy are far more likely to suffer from depression, anxiety, unhappines, low self-esteem, and lagging academic performance and are more likely to engage in at-risk behaviors. Children whose parents help them stay immersed in one or two major activities each week consuming up to ten hours per week with such endeavors tend to be the most well adjusted and happy."