I recently wrote about the flaws of Mission: Grace in Action and I find it only fitting that I share some of the benefits. It is easy to be negative about something and so consequently we can forget to speak about the positive things when we focus on negatives.
When used properly, effectively, here are some of the benefits I see with the new Truth & Training curriculum from Awana.
It could be said that relationships could be built with the former material, and that is true. I see the new material encouraging leaders to build relationships with clubbers. This is not something that I have heard talked about, but what if each leader stayed with the clubbers they have in their small group as they “move through” the T&T books. Relationships can be built over years, not just one club year.
Deeper Spiritual Truth
The new material now allows time for leaders to share in more depth, and have the clubbers think about, what is being taught, why the verse is being memorized. Before clubs would have various nights with contests encouraging clubbers to complete many sections (yes, I have done that as well) and when we do this, there is no time to explain the reason behind learning the verse, or the truth being focused on in that section.
It also helps disciple leaders as they should be prepared to share in their small group time, and not just listen to verses.
A Common Theme
Awana is different than Sunday School, but imagine children attending on Sunday mornings and each child has their own lesson that the teacher needs to be prepared. You would probably say that is ridiculous and that model would never work. T&T was that way with each clubber coming in with their own individual lesson (section to complete). The new T&T provides a common theme, a common lesson where everyone can focus.
There are more benefits that I could share, but I want to hear from you. What are some benefits that you see with the new material, beginning with the Mission: Grace in Action handbook?