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Revolution Hardcover – Oct 1 2005

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: BarnaBooks (Oct. 12 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1414307586
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414307589
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 14.5 x 1.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 322 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #673,997 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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].

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According to Barna's research, by the year 2025, "I expect that only about one-third of the population will rely upon a local congregation as the primary or exclusive means for experiencing and expressing their faith; one-third will do so through alternative forms of faith-based community; and one-third will realize their faith through the media, the arts, and other cultural institutions." Pretty radical stuff, yet not especially surprising. For the most part, these people would still consider themselves believers, but the local church and its institutions don't hold any appeal for them. So where do we go from here? This is where Barna spends the majority of his book.
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.
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After all of George Barna's research and examining of the North American church culture he has gone way deeper that any reasearch could have led him alone. He has really discovered the heartbeat of the Church. He is profound and corageous in his examination of the role of the local church and the role of the Church (all believers, the body of Christ). As the pastor of a church he has rattled my cage and confirmed some sneaky suspicions I have had about Church/church life. He has caused me to look deeper and build more authentically, not just within the comfort of the "institutional" church but with every relationship I have.
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If you are a christian and you want to be relevant today you NEED to read this book. It is a wake up call to the church as we know it. I appreciate the authors humility and risk taking to put out this truth. I very highly encourage all to partake and if you are not changed and or challenged after reading this book I would be amazed. One of the best reads on the shelf.
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George Barna's "Revolution" is now almost 5 years old and in writing this review I realize that I am late to the party and further I realize that the discussion has progressed beyond this work in subsequent books published. Nevertheless, it remains an important and seminal work today both because of what it has to say and who is saying it.

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.
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