What’s AWANA?

AWANA is an international, Bible-centered children’s and youth ministry providing local churches with weekly clubs, programs and training for students in preschool through high school. Our goal is to equip churches to reach kids, and their families, with the gospel of Christ and train them to serve Him.

The acronym A.W.A.N.A. comes from the first letters of Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed as taken from 2 Timothy 2:15.

AWANA began in 1950 as a youth program at the North Side Gospel Center in Chicago, Illinois. Lance Latham, the church pastor, worked with Art Rorheim to develop a program that would appeal to young people, reach them with the gospel and train them in the Lord’s work.

The goal of every AWANA component — large-group lessons, Bible-centered handbooks, Scripture memory, small-group i
nteraction, team-oriented games, awards and more – is to prepare children and teens to know, love and serve Christ. It’s an exciting approach to teaching God’s Word, combining learning with irresistible fun to produce lifelong results in churched and unchurched kids alike … and reaching their families, too!