Awana, one of the world’s leading youth ministry and child evangelism nonprofits, will soon publish its first-ever digital weekend curriculum that will be made available to Sunday school classes nationwide in July 2020.
Awana’s new Sunday-focused curriculum, called Brite, comes as the nearly 70-year-old evangelical organization has become known for its weekday evangelism programs held at churches across the United States and its discipleship materials designed for ages 2 through 18.
Awana President and Chief Strategy Officer Matt Markins told The Christian Post that the new curriculum follows two research studies sponsored by Awana that found that between 50 to 60 percent of churches in the U.S. do not have midweek discipleship and evangelism opportunity for families.
“That says something huge for an organization like Awana that focuses primarily on midweek,” Markins said. “Unfortunately, we are confused as being a midweek-only ministry when the reality is we work with 61,000 churches around the world through several different programs and 122 countries.”
“Although we view ourselves as a child discipleship partner, in the U.S. we are known as a midweek Bible memory ministry,” he added. “We see our global footprint as being a child discipleship organization. So we know for us to go into the future, we have to have a whole other set of resources to help the church effectively reach kids to the gospel and help them to make disciples.”
Awana’s aim with the new curriculum is to raise a generation of “resilient disciples” through engaging content that not only teaches children and teens about the Bible but also provides them with apologetics education to prepare them for times when their faith will be tested in life.
The curriculum seeks to supply kids with the “resistant strength” so they will not “break against the weight of culture.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith