"In 1941, the children's program at the North Side Gospel Center in Chicago laid the foundation for the principles of Awana. Lance Latham, North Side's senior pastor, collaborated with the church's youth director, Art Rorheim, to develop weekly clubs that would appeal to churched and nonchurched kids. As a pioneer in children’s ministry, Art created new and innovative ways to reach kids with the gospel and lead them to know, love and serve Jesus Christ. Other churches learned about the success of the program and inquired about its availability. In 1950, Latham and Rorheim founded Awana as a parachurch organization."
From my experience, children attend and enjoy Awana because it's fun. One of the biggest challenges to reaching children is overcoming boringness - gametime, prizes, and weekly themes makes Awana interesting and fun.
If your church is struggling reaching children - Awana creates the excitement and interest children will want to attend. As they memorize Scripture, children earn Awana bucks to purchase items from the store. As they complete their book, they earn badges. Games, Prizes, Badges, Scripture memorization - Awana is the most-child engaging program available to reach for Christ. All four of our children love it!
Why I Love Awana