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…” Continue reading