“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.” – 2 Timothy 2:15
AWANA is the leading ministry to help local churches and parents raise children and youth to know, love and serve Christ. We implemented the program in 2007 and it’s been a blessing for our church, the kids and the parents. AWANA blends Bible teaching, evangelism, Scripture memorization and tons of fun. AWANA ministry will impact kids ages 2 to 18 along with their families and entire communities while helping the church instruct parents, train volunteers and make your children’s ministry and youth ministry all that God intends them to be!
Based in the Chicago area, AWANA is the only organization with fully integrated evangelism and discipleship programs for ages 2 to 18 that actively involve parents, church leaders and mentors. Each week, more than 1.5 million children and youth, 250,000 volunteers and 170-plus field staff take part in Awana in over 22,000 churches in the U.S. and internationally. AWANA works with churches from 100 different denominations.
AWANA began as a children’s program at the North Side Gospel Center in Chicago in 1941. Lance Latham, North Side’s senior pastor, collaborated with the church’s youth director, Art Rorheim, to develop weekly clubs that would appeal to church and non-church kids, lead them to trust Christ for salvation and grow them in enduring faith and service to God. Other churches learned about the success of the program and inquired about its availability.
In 1950, Latham and Rorheim founded AWANA as a para-church organization. By 1960, 900 churches had started AWANA programs. By 1972 AWANA had begun its first international club. Today children and youth in more than 100 countries participate in AWANA programs, and millions of adults are alumni.
Our Prayer is that all children and youth throughout the world will come to know, love and serve the Lord Jesus Christ.
Our vision is to be a strategic partner with churches and ministries in a global effort to ensure the opportunity for all children and youth to be evangelized and discipled in Christ.
Our mission is to work with our ministry partners in creating and disseminating integrated programs, tools and training that equip leaders to evangelize and disciple children and youth for Christ.