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Parenting Great Kids Podcast - Episode 225

Spiritual Coaching: 3 Steps to Effectively Disciple Your Kids

with guest George Barna

Hosted by Dr. Meg Meeker | January 26, 2024 | 44:01 min.

How do you teach your children to develop a strong sense of who they are and what they’re meant to be? As a renowned figure in faith and research, George Barna shares his compelling insights on the vital role of discipling children through intentional and proactive parenting. His expertise and research-backed findings provide valuable guidance and a fresh perspective on how parents can foster a deep sense of identity and purpose in their kids.

Today's Guest(s)

George Barna

George Barna is a Professor at Arizona Christian University and Director of Research at its Cultural Research Center, focusing on worldview assessment and development, and cultural transformation. He is also the Sr. Research Fellow at Family Research Council Center for Biblical Worldview, and a Fellow at the Townsend Institute at Concordia University. He was the founder of The Barna Group (which he sold in 2009), the Barna Institute, the American Culture and Faith Institute, and Metaformation. Through those entities he has conducted groundbreaking research on worldview, cultural transformation, ministry applications, spiritual development, and politics. He has provided research and strategy for several hundred parachurch ministries, thousands of Christian churches, the U.S. military, Fortune 500 companies, and has supplied polling and strategy to four presidential candidates. He has also served on multiple Boards of Directors and Advisory Boards. To date, Barna has authored or co-authored 58 books addressing social and religious trends, worldview, leadership, spiritual development, church dynamics, and cultural transformation. They include New York Times and amazon bestsellers and several award-winning books. His books have been translated into more than a dozen foreign languages.


If you’re a person of faith, our role as primary coaches in your children’s lives involves effective discipleship, going beyond the ordinary realm of parenting.

Effective discipleship isn’t just about teaching biblical principles – it’s about modeling those principles and engaging in deep, thought-provoking conversations with our children. One of the most powerful teaching tools is using questions and asking kids the questions to dig deeper. By embracing intentional discipleship, we empower our children to develop a strong sense of identity, purpose, and joy, rooted in timeless biblical truths.

In this episode, you’ll learn how to:

Uncover the importance of discipling your children: Your parental role is the bedrock to instilling in children a deep sense of identity, purpose and an alignment with biblically-defined values.

Discover the key to instilling a biblical worldview: A biblical worldview is caught rather than taught, which is why it’s so important for you to understand and model biblical values in your daily lives.  

Navigate through the challenges in parenting: You are the strongest coach for your children in establishing a robust spiritual foundation, even beyond the church or external Christian programs.



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