Why Children Should Be Your Church's #1 Priority Many parents didn't have early spiritual training themselves, so they look to the church to provide it for their children. Transforming Children into Spiritual Champions, however, reveals that churches usually focus on teens and adults, failing to realize that a child's moral development is set by the age of nine. The answer? George Barna says that churches must begin now to come alongside parents and equip them to provide their children, at the earliest age possible, with biblical precepts to protect them from a barrage of worldly ideas and teaching. It's time to wage a spiritual war, time to equip parents to help their children become the spiritually mature Church of tomorrow, literally transforming them into spiritual champions!