If you’re in children’s ministry and for sure if you have any link to Awana, your inbox has received a number of emails about the Vantage conference that is taking place at Awana next week. I’ll be blogging the event, but before I get there I thought it would be good to answer a few questions you may have.
What is Vantage?
Vantage is a one day conference that will aim at providing a look into the future. They’ll be looking at the horizon of culture and talking about the latest innovations from the Awana ministry. Their hope is that this will be a community gathering for those within children and student ministry who are seeking how to prepare for and reply to what’s next in culture, technology and ministry.
Awana is shifting its ministry. Last year I shared how Awana saw that they had begun to suffer mission drift. After 60 years as a ministry it began to be about keeping the organization going more than reaching children. Vantage is another sign that Awana is changing. This conference is about serving the church. They understand that many of our children’s workers do not have the opportunities to attend a ministry conference or to spend time looking at the horizon. Vantage is not only a local conference, but one that will be streamed into churches.
- The Gospel and how it defines our ministry - The Gospel is why we do what we do. It is the central part of our calling, the unshakeable and undeniable truth we relentlessly obey.
- Mission and how it drives us - Our response to the Gospel call, our mission to partner with Jesus to change the hearts and lives of the global population of children and youth is what drives us, pushes us and where we place our energies.
- Perspective and how it guides us - As we engage in mission we do so by looking forward, over the horizon at landscapes of cultural shifts and trends (including technology, family, etc.).