How the Church Can Respond to Troubling Statistics about Millennials


Dan Lovaglia, director of leadership development at Awana, says there’s a disconnect between the church’s objectives and our results—particularly in children’s ministries. Across denominations, ministries and churches share many of the same goals for discipling kids—and we experience many of the same problems reaching those goals.

The issue isn’t how we are addressing the individual problems with children’s ministries. Dan says the issue is discipleship.

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7 Problems Facing Children’s Ministry

problems with children's church

Providing separate ministries for children, teens, and young adults is how churches lean into knowledge of childhood development and adolescence. It’s how the body of Christ walks beside parents to teach kids to embrace and live out the gospel. It’s about meeting kids on their level, and sharing the gospel in a way that makes sense to them.

But children’s ministry doesn’t always live up to our ideals.

In Relational Children’s Ministry: Turning Kid-Influencers Into Disciple Makers, Awana’s Dan Lovaglia highlights some of the key issues with children’s ministry today.

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Get Ministry Tips from Ed Stetzer, Sean McDowell, and More!

Vantage Conference

On April 22, you have the opportunity to hear from an incredible lineup of speakers. Vantage Conference by Awana Ministries is bringing together Ed Stetzer, Sean McDowell, Kris Smoll, Dan Lovaglia, and Josh Griffin to talk about reaching the next generation of kids.

You can stream the conference live or on demand with Faithlife.

This massive gathering of ministry professionals and volunteers is designed to fuel your passion for kids and help you reach your potential as a leader. The focus this year is on relational ministry and discipleship, or as Awana calls it, “The Great Connection.” If you want to develop meaningful relationships that illuminate the gospel, this is your conference.

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Calling All Youth Leaders, Mentors, and Disciple-Makers

youth leadersAwana’s Vantage Conference is a major growth opportunity for anyone involved with youth or children’s ministry. If you can’t make it to Awana’s headquarters in Illinois on April 22, you can still watch it live or on demand with us.

Follow Vantage Conference on Faithlife for a free leadership development experience—read half of Relational Children’s Ministry: Turning Kid-Influencers Into Lifelong Disciple-Makers by Dan Lovaglia—Awana’s director of leadership development.

This brand-new book gives you practical, time-tested tools and tips for discipleship, and it’s specifically catered to those in youth ministry.

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