Awana, a nonprofit ministry in child discipleship, has launched a new ministry to reach the fastest growing demographic in American Christianity through U.S. Hispanic churches.
According to Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, “more than two-thirds of the 52 million-plus Latinos in the U.S. are Catholic, and that number could be cut in half by 2030.” It’s estimated that over 35 percent of Hispanics in America now consider themselves “born again” evangelicals.
With the new U.S. Latino Child Discipleship Network, Awana is poised to help churches reach and disciple children by forming regional and local networks of churches and Christian leaders who share the same passion and affinity of child discipleship. The ministry anticipates it will have Awana ministries active in over 2,500 Hispanic churches by the year 2023, adding to its more than 54,000 current programs worldwide.
“As the U.S. Latino evangelical community continues to grow and thrive, we want to listen and understand, as well as share our child discipleship expertise, in order to empower communities to do the effective work of the ministry,” says Matt Markins, Awana president. “This is an audacious, God-sized vision, but it’s a vision that causes us to see every child the way Jesus sees them—special, unique and valuable. There is no child in the world who is beyond the reach of Jesus, and we want to do more to reach children in the Latino communities in the U.S.”
Awana is conducting a national search for a national ministry director, who will head up the U.S. Latino Child Discipleship Network. The national ministry director’s primary role will be to identify, develop and form partnerships with networks and/or denominations that share the vision of reaching and discipling children in Jesus’ name.
For more information about the U.S. Latino Child Discipleship Network ministry, please visit Awana.org/Latino.