Yesterday I shared how I felt that Awana was not for every church and how people limit God when they say that Awana is “non-negotiable”. I want to share now why some Awana Clubs fail.
I know of churches who have dropped Awana and I have heard their reasons. Although I have no scientific data, there is ONE recurring theme. So if you are looking for a list of reasons, then you will be disappointed. This is not unique to Awana either, this plagues all ministries, there is no immunity. Yes, even I was infected with this at one point, and I saw the impact it has first hand. If I had not overcome it, then the Awana club in my former church may have ceased after a while.
So here it is….
Awana fails because the leadership loses their passion. Once the leadership loses their passion, it affects every area of the ministry and then Awana is not run properly. I know when I lost that passion for awhile (that’s a story for another time), it flowed down to the leaders, and the clubbers. People lose sight of the ministry and what God has done through it and through them. Before long, Awana just doesn’t work for them because they have lost the leadership it needed. Sure they may blame cost, or dropping attendance, or the need for leaders, etc.. but ultimately, from what I’ve seen, it is that lack of leadership.
I am often concerned when a church drops Awana – not because they are dropping Awana, but because I wonder how they will embrace the next program. Will they look to the program to reach the kids, or will they get that passion to reach kids back?
So whatever ministry you are involved in, keep your passion! Stay close to God and make sure you are on the path He would have you go. Keep in His Word and spread the vision for the ministry. Your passion will be contagious, spreading to the leaders under you and the children in your ministry. Finally, continually share what God is doing in the ministry and show how it matches up with the mission of the church. People want to be where God is moving.
If you’re concerned that you may be losing your passion, then find support, others to pray for you, to counsel you. Feel free to contact me, or another whom you trust, but find support. Don’t let the enemy steal your passion and harm your ministry.