George Barna is a researcher who studies the religious beliefs and behavior of Americans, including the intersection of faith and culture. He was executive direction of the American Culture & Faith Institute. He also served as the president of Metaformation, a faith development organization.
Barna has written more than 50 books, mostly addressing cultural trends, leadership, spiritual development, and the dynamics affecting local churches. After graduating from Boston College, Barna earned two Master's degrees from Rutgers University and has a doctorate from Dallas Baptist University. Here is what he had to say about the things that characterize many effective churches:
George Barna. The Habits of Highly Effective Churches: How to Have a Ministry That Transforms Lives.
-- Howard Culbertson
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