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George Barna's Bio:
George Barna is the founder and Directing Leader of the Barna Research Group, Ltd., a marketing research firm located in Ventura, CA. The company specializes in conducting primary research for Christian ministries and non-profit organizations. Since its inception in 1984, Barna Research has served several hundred parachurch ministries and thousands of churches. The firm has also served numerous non-profit clients and spent many years helping for-profit clients that have ranged from Disney, Columbia House and Southwestern Bell to Prudential, Ford, and Visa. To date, Barna has written more than 30 books. Included among them are best-sellers such as The Frog in the Kettle, The Second Coming of the Church, The Power of Vision, User Friendly Churches, and Marketing the Church. His most recent books are Think Like Jesus (2003), Transforming Children Into Spiritual Champions (2003), A Fish Out of Water (2002), State of the Church: 2002 (2002), and Single Adults (2002), re-released as Single Focus (2003). Several of his books have received national awards. He has also written for numerous periodicals and has published various syndicated reports on topics related to faith and lifestyle. His work is frequently cited as an authoritative source by the media. Many people know Barna from his intensive, research-based seminars for church leaders. He is a popular speaker at ministry conferences around the world and has taught at several universities and seminaries. He has served as a pastor of a large, multi-ethnic church, has been involved in several church plants and has been on the board of directors of numerous organizations. After graduating summa cum laude from Boston College, Barna earned two Masters degrees from Rutgers University. At Rutgers, he was awarded the Eagleton Fellowship. He also received a doctorate from Dallas Baptist University. He lives with his wife Nancy and their two daughters (Samantha and Corban) in southern California. He enjoys spending time with his family, writing, reading, playing basketball and guitar, relaxing on the beach and visiting bookstores. (courtesy Barna Group)

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