Revolution Hardcover – Oct 1 2005
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From the Back Cover
Millions of believers have moved "beyond" the established church . . . and have chosen to "be" the church instead.Research by renowned pollster George Barna points to a hidden revolution--one that will impact every Christian believer in America. Millions of committed Christ followers, looking for more of God, have stopped attending church on Sunday mornings. Why are they leaving? Where are they going? And what does this mean for the future of the church?In this groundbreaking book, Barna examines the state of the church today--and compares it to the biblical picture of the church as God intended it to be. He documents how and why a new band of devout "Revolutionaries" is abandoning the local church building while attempting to become the church that Christ commissioned us to be.Revolution will challenge you withstraightforward biblical guidelines for the church seven core passions of a Revolutionary a daring redefinition of the church as we know it. Maybe you're afraid of the changes to come. Maybe you've been waiting for this moment to arrive. Either way, the Revolution is here. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
George Barna is the founder and directing leader of The Barna Group, Ltd., a California-based company that offers primary research and strategic assistance related to cultural assessment and transformation, faith dynamics and leadership development. Barna's firm has worked with hundreds of clients since its inception in 1984, ranging from Disney, Prudential, Ford, and Visa to numerous churches and denominations, the Billy Graham Association, World Vision, Campus Crusade for Christ, Focus on the Family, Prison Fellowship, and American Bible Society. He writes the popular biweekly Barna Update regarding his current research related to faith and cultural dynamics, available at [www.barna.org].
Top Customer Reviews
He considers what a Revolutionary looks like, what a Revolutionary is looking for, what the local church needs to do in response, and how to become a revolutionary yourself. Note that becoming a "revolutionary" doesn't necessarily mean giving up on your local church; it simply means living a radically different lifestyle and being the church in your community.
There are many ramifications of this revolutionary shift and Barna is not afraid to tackle them head on: what will happen to church attendance in the next 20 years? How will this affect pastoral staffs? And who's going to supply the funds to keep a church running? Good questions, all.
Label it what you will, there is a movement afoot in the church and George Barna has written a book that will provide a perfect summary for those who want to understand what the fuss is all about. It just might inspire you to start a revolution of your own.
George Barna is one of the most listened to voices in the organized and institutional church for the past 25 years. This is evidenced by the sale of his many books as well as the multitude of references to his books by other authors. He has been a featured speaker in many venues. His articles have appeared in almost every major contemporary journal and magazine. I know as a young pastor beginning in the late 1980's that it was almost impossible to have a meaningful discussion of the state of the church and the perceived needs and future of the local church without being aware of what George Barna had to say about the demographics and psychographics of North American society. Barna's research and insights combined with the Church Growth movement headed by C. Peter Wagner and John Wimber was foundational for churches and pastors of all bents and persuasions to practically prepare and respond to the emerging trends in society. Many churches used a lot of what Barna had to say to respond with marketing and programming within their local churches and even denominations to attempt to stay ahead of the curves that Barna was identifying as relevant. What is more, many of those efforts succeeded; at least by the measure of "butts in seats" and revenues to the church or organization that are typically cited and sought as practically necessary at an organizational level.Read more ›
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I found George Barna statistics rather vague. There was almost nothing about how many folks he surveyed, how the survey was conducted, what the questions where, or how he spent... Read morePublished on July 18 2009 by Collin C. Carbno
This book to me is one of the best I've ever read by far in terms of Christian trends and Christian living. Read morePublished on Aug. 10 2008 by Manuelo Gonzales
Barna presents a lot to think about in this little 'revolutionary' book (sorry, had to do it!). What if most committed, influential Christians aren't going to be in a traditional... Read morePublished on Dec 21 2005 by Ellen Graf-Martin
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