Last year, I felt the need to lead a workshop at fall conferences entitled “Size Doesn’t Matter”. It was geared toward the smaller Awana club. As the attendees entered the workshop, I quickly realized that club size is relative.
I went through the group having them introduce themselves and club size. There was my club which began in the basements of homes with maybe a dozen children and now had maybe an average of 24 Cubbies – 5th grade. And the club sizes varied up to clubs of 100’ish!!
In preparation of the workshop, I asked the commander of one of the largest Awana clubs in the USA what his struggles and his joys were and I think you’ll be surprised at his response.
Let’s look at Big/Mega vs Small clubs:
- Big and small churches struggle and compete for space for the ministry
- Big and small churches struggle to find enough volunteers
- Big churches try to be small (small groups) and small churches try to be big (for fellowship)
- The way leaders build relationships with the clubbers is key
- Big and small clubs rejoice when kids come to know Jesus
- The smile of a child encourages leaders of both big and small clubs
So don’t be concerned about the size of your club, focus on the children in your club, no matter the size, God can touch their hearts through you.