I had thought that Awana was solely interested in teaching the Bible to children. I’ve posted some sites (and comments) related to Awana and/or their ministries for you to research and see what you think. There is much more that could be posted, but this is a start.
1. Worldview, Research/Statistics,
Transforming, Spiritual Formation
Look for these words as you look at the links, read the book blurbs, excerpts, and Awana’s goals. There is a major focus on (Biblical) Worldview and research/statistics. Research and man’s words seem to have authority with them, and have apparently, in their worldview, created a need for materials other than the Bible.
“Biblical Worldview” is a set of morals/rules that are superimposed or taught, instead of teaching the Bible, and letting the Holy Spirit work through God’s Word in a person’s life.
Why does Awana, which has taught the kids Bible for years, keep referring to “worldview”? I counted 9 references to “worldview”—5 included the word “biblical”. “Transforming” is also mentioned. Are they saying the Bible isn’t enough, and Awana will provide what you need?
Rorheim Vision: Four Pillars of Children’s Ministry
Sharing Christ with Kids
where did the four pillars come from?
3. Rorheim’s Leadership Training Center
“The Leadership Training Center is a four-year certification program that trains you in a biblical worldview and develops your ministry skills…”
At each certificate level, four courses are required: one that focuses on ministry, one that works to develop your biblical worldview…
Foundation Level – Year 1
Cornerstone Level – Year 2
Pillar Level – Year 3
Keystone Level – Year 4
Where did the levels idea come from? Also there are a number of references to “worldview”.
Leadership Training Center materials for
Awana Ministry Conference Workshops
Again worldview is a big buzzword. Their approach is that parents need their help; reading the Bible and growing in their Christian walk is not enough.
4. Rorheim Institute’s
Perspectives on Children’s Spiritual Formation
5. Rock Solid Teacher: Discovering the Joy of Teaching Like Jesus
This book uses NIV, KJV, The Message, NASB, NKJV, NLT; We aren’t Jesus. I like this quote from Andrew Murray’s sermon:
With Christ in the School of Prayer
“‘…Lord, teach us to pray.’ None can teach like Jesus, none but Jesus; therefore we call on Him, `LORD, teach us to pray.’ A pupil needs a teacher, who knows his work, who has the gift of teaching, who in patience and love will descend to the pupil’s needs. Blessed be God! Jesus is this and much more. He knows what prayer is. It is Jesus, praying Himself, who teaches to pray. He knows what prayer is…By His Holy Spirit, He has access to our heart, and teaches us to pray by showing us the sin that hinders the prayer, or giving us the assurance that we please God…”
“CAFÉ is a group of educators from academia and church ministry who choose to join together to be advocates for guiding young people toward faith in Jesus Christ and a sound and deep biblical worldview.”
7. The Rorheim Logo: Is it a tree of knowledge of good and evil?
9. Jack D. Eggar Great and Mighty Things
“Cast a vision that upholds the hope, mission and values of Awana. Awana President/CEO Jack Eggar will inspire missionaries, ministry teams and commanders. It’s an excellent gift for a new commander.”
Cast a vision?
I have discussed Barna, his research, “transforming,” and this book in previous posts.
Search for this book on amazon.com; click on search inside this book; read the pages available, then click on the back cover. There you can read a quote by Jack D. Eggar, President and CEO of Awana Clubs International. Also on the back cover, their favorite phrase, Biblical Worldview, shows up, and I think the few other paragraphs are very condescending to parents.
11. Cross Cultural Ministries tie with Lead Like Jesus and with Richard Foster’s, Celebration of Discipline.
You might want to do your own research on the Lead Like Jesus folk. I warn you, it’s not a pretty sight! And it’s not about Jesus, so why is Awana working with them? What are these prisoners really learning?
13. Read the bios of the leaders
“But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.”—Matthew 18:6, Mark 9:42, Luke 17:2
“Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.”—1 Corinthians 2:13
“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.”—2 Timothy 3:16
“Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.”
—2 Timothy 4:2