Have you seen the Awana Ministry Catalog for the 2014-15 year? If you’re like me, you always scan through looking for what’s new from Awana. Some things that you will notice are awards for Bible Quizzing and AwanaGames. That may lead you to ask why they are there.
Awana has restructured the role of Awana missionaries. The missionary is no longer permitted to organize regional Awana events. The role of the missionary is to help reach more kids for Christ. By removing them from the responsibility of running events, frees them up to visit clubs, or to participate in conferences, or other ways to reach more kids.
The way events will be handled will vary from region to region. There are basically two ways that events will be handled:
Event Coordinators will run events through the state entities
This method will be the most seamless since the event would still be run by ministry team members under the state entity of Awana in your region.
Individual Churches may host and run events
The awards are in the catalog for churches to purchase to run their own events. They can run them solely for themselves, or open it up to other churches/clubs to participate (similar to the current set-up). The difference? The church is the one responsible for the rules and all aspects of the event. They may follow the previous Awana rulebooks, or modify them for their event.
How will events be handled in your area? For the answer to that, you will need to contact your local missionary to see how your missionaries have chosen to approach events.
What are your thoughts about this new approach to events by Awana?