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Planning for the 2020-21 Awana Year – Commander Bill – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

How are you planning for the 2020-21 Awana year? The routines that we have established for years were disrupted quickly in the spring of 2020 with the COVID-19 pandemic. Many are seeking to get “back to normal” and you should be planning for the late summer launch of the new Awana year. The situation that we face as we plan for the upcoming year is the unknown. It is like starting a race going into a fog, not knowing what…

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Annual Recordkeeping Software Update – 2020 – Commander Bill – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Each spring we attempt to contact all of the known software developers who offer record keeping software for Awana clubs to track records. There have been several that have come and gone over the years and so we try to keep you up to date with active products to help you select the best product for your Awana club. Note that Awana does not offer a digital recordkeeping solution and does not endorse, nor support any of these products. We…

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Lessons Learned in Response to the COVID-19 Shutdown – Commander Bill – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

On February 15th, I held the first Annual International Day of Prayer for Awana. Little did I know that in one month, the world as we knew it would change forever as local governments issued stay at home orders and limited the size of gatherings. In this post, I am looking back at my personal response regarding ministry and trying to encourage you to evaluate your response as well. I am in no way saying that my response was the…

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Monday Minute – What does the future of discipleship look like? – Commander Bill – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

We are in a unique situation where churches and Awana clubs are not meeting. In a very few short days, many have had to try to navigate ministry without being able to physically meet together. What does that mean for ministry. Not just now, but in the future… and by future I mean the next few months. How will we reach the culture of today? This is Only a Snippet of a Children’s Ministry Christian Article written by Commander Bill…

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What’s on Your Calendar? – Commander Bill – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

It is the time of the year that the Awana calendar for next year should be finalized. It is important to have it done about this time of the year (if not before depending on your church culture and size) so that you can have events on the church calendar and be able to announce to families when registration will open for the next year and the first night of Awana for the new year. So what are some key…

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Today is The Day of Prayer – Commander Bill – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Today, February 15, 2020 (2.15) is the International Day of Prayer for Awana. If you have not already done so, you can download a copy of the prayer guide here to help you focus on things to specifically pray for regarding Awana. God has used Awana around the world to reach children with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. What began as a desire to reach the youth in the Chicago area is now reaching millions around the world! When a person…

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Three Things an Awana Ministry Director Should be Focusing on in January – Commander Bill – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

As we enter a new year, the 2nd half of the Awana year, there are three things that I believe an Awana Ministry Director (Commander) should be focusing on at this time. The Awana Ministry Director is the leader, and planner, for the Awana clubs in your church. They need to look at what is happening currently as well as planning for the future. I believe that ministry leaders should be planning a minimum of 6 months ahead. While it…

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Introducing Quiz Cards – Commander Bill – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

The quiz guides that I have developed for nearly two decades have been used widely by many Awana clubs to help them prepare for quizzing. This year I added a complimentary tool to use alongside the quiz guides. That new tool is quiz cards. The cards use the same postcard paper card stock format, from Avery, that I use for the verse cards. There are two ways to use the cards, a set for matching the verse with the reference…

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1st Annual International Day of Prayer for Awana – Commander Bill – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

February 15, 2020 Last fall when Awana was in the midst of the distribution issues, I called for a day of prayer for Awana on September 30th. That day was well received. Afterward I wondered if it was something that should become an annual event and I even had some ask me if I would do it again. The question became, what date should it be held? The initial day of prayer was in response to a specific event that…

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Why Resilient Discipleship? – Commander Bill – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

There may be people wondering why is there a need for resilient discipleship. The answer is easier than you may realize. As I was growing up, faith was an acceptable cultural norm. It was not uncommon to share that you went to church or that you believed in a deity. There were even secular songs which connected to faith. You seemed to be in the minority if you said that you did not believe in a deity. Many religions purported…

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The Future is so brite* that Awana has to Wear Shades – Commander Bill – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

There is a buzz of excitement at Awana. Awana missionaries were briefed in November to be trained and knowledgeable in preparation for this new weapon to be deployed. I understand that in light of recent events that using military terms like that may seem inappropriate to some, but the reality is that were are in a daily battle, a spiritual battle for the souls of children and the enemy is determined to discourage and defeat us. “Put on the full…

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2019 Call to Prayer – Pray for Awana Ministry Directors – Commander Bill – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

The Awana Ministry Director (formerly known as Commander) is the one in the local church who is most impacted by Awana. They are the voice for the ministry on the local level and so when there are issues with Awana, they are the ones addressing the church leadership and families. How an Awana Ministry Director responds to any issues can have a great impact, positive or negative, in the local church and club. As we pray for Awana today, pray…

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2019 Call to Prayer – Pray for local Awana Leaders & Volunteers – Commander Bill – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Awana does not exist if there are no volunteers to reach the children. Our local ministry does not exist if there are no leaders or volunteers. Volunteers are key to Awana. Pray for strength for the leaders and volunteers, the year can seem long. Pray for wisdom as they guide the children in their handbooks and teach them the things of God. Pray for their families as they sacrifice time at home to serve God through Awana. Pray for them…

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2019 Call to Prayer – Pray for Awana Families – Commander Bill – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Awana families may not fully understand why their child has not received a handbook or uniform. They may not always agree with your decisions, but they all need to hear the Gospel. Some parents are actively involved in helping their child in their Awana books. Others are not involved as we would like them. May we be thankful that they entrust their children to us so we can share the things of God with them through Awana. Pray for parents…

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Wanna’ Get Away? – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

There is an airline that had commercials showing people in awkward situations and then asks, “wanna’ get away?” The Awana ministry year for many is now well underway. Everyone is getting in the groove of things and things are going Read More … This is Only a Snippet of a Children’s Ministry Christian Article written by Commander Bill Read Full Article

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Where Do You Place Your Hope? – Commander Bill – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

  Do we place our hope in God, or in man? The “church  answer” is that we place our hope in God… but do we? Ultimately the answer is yes, but all too often I would venture to say that we place our hope in man. We hope that our package is delivered today. We hope the we get that promotion or that raise. We hope that our volunteers show up to serve. When these things don’t happen, how do…

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The Other Child for Christ – A Legacy Continues – Commander Bill – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Prior to 2002 when Truth & Training (T&T) was introduced by Awana, they had four clubs for 3rd – 6th grade. They were Pals, Chums, Guards and Pioneers. Each club had a motto. For the boys’ clubs (Pals & Pioneers) it was the other boy for Christ. For the girls’ clubs (Chums & Guards) it was the other girl for Christ. An integral part of Awana was not only the Gospel,  it also included telling others about Jesus Christ. With…

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2019 Call to Prayer – Pray for the Future of Awana – Commander Bill – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Throughout the day we have prayed for wisdom for senior leadership and for those involved in Awana at various levels. Awana has been greatly impacted by the events of the last few months and Awana may not realize the full impact for several months. Pray for the future of Awana. Your local club, your region, Awana Headquarter personnel, and those in Awana around the world. Pray for wisdom in the decisions that are made. Pray for peace. Pray that God…

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2019 Call to Prayer Hourly Focus – Commander Bill – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

James 5:14-16 Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another,that you may be healed. The prayer of a…

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Observations From the Awana Ministry Catalog 2019-20 – Commander Bill – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

I look carefully at certain things and it was no different when I looked through the 2019-20 Awana Ministry Catalog. Below are some observations that I made from the Awana catalog. Screenshot from the catalog Observations about T&T Uniforms & Awards There has been much discussion regarding the future of the two different T&T uniform jerseys and awards. Some who are “in the know” shared some of these things which now seem to have been answered in the 2019-20 catalog.…

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