Is God Calling You to Serve at Awana?

Awana is a global, nonprofit ministry committed to the belief that the greatest impact for Christ starts with kids who know, love and serve Him. The transformative power of the gospel is shared every week through Awana ministries that reach more than three and a half million kids in more than 115 countries. Providing resources and expertise, Awana empowers more than 45,000 churches and mobilizes more than 450,000 leaders to reach kids through evangelism and long-term discipleship.

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Headquarters

Administrative Center

Located in Streamwood, Illinois, our administrative center provides support for the ministries of Awana around the world.

Distribution Center

Located in Schaumburg, Illinois, this state-of-the-art facility serves the growing inventory and distribution needs of the ministry. Due to the nature of the positions at our Distribution Center offices, we are only able to consider local candidates.

Field Opportunities

U.S. Field Ministries

We have over 100 missionaries in the U.S. serving the local church through the initiation and development of Awana programs. All Awana missionaries are “faith supported” and deputized to raise their own support. U.S. missionaries are responsible for area growth, church relations, volunteer team building and training. Our missionaries focus on building and maintaining healthy relationships with pastors, church leaders, volunteers and other ministries. Location of openings varies throughout the U.S.

International Field Ministries

Awana Clubs worldwide reach kids through energetic game activities, Bible-based teaching experiences and small group time with friends. Through a common passion for reaching children at risk globally, Awana partners with local churches and parachurch organizations to strengthen kids in God’s word. With more than 60 years of experience in training leaders, Awana has proven resources and relevant training content which helps them develop into vibrant leaders at home, church and in their community. We engage U.S. resources to serve both as expatriates in the field or as U.S. based resources supporting field operations and initiatives.

Awana offers an excellent range of benefits for its employees. Read our benefits summary.

Headquarters

Elementary Curriculum Developer

Headquarters

Awana is a global, nonprofit ministry committed to the belief that the greatest impact for Christ starts with kids who know, love and serve Him. The transformative power of the gospel is shared every week through Awana ministries that reach more than three and a half million kids in more than 115 countries.  Providing resources and expertise, Awana empowers more than 45,000 churches and mobilizes more than 450,000 leaders to reach kids through evangelism and long-term discipleship.

We are seeking an Elementary Curriculum Developer to join the Children's Ministries team. 

The elementary curriculum developer is responsible for leading the development and implementation of elementary/primary (Sparks/T&T) curriculum and products in collaboration with the Director of Children’s Ministries. He/she maintains ownership of the elementary brand messaging and represents Awana as the elementary subject matter expert through Children’s Ministries communications channels. The elementary curriculum developer strategizes and executes ministry plans and resources, participates in revenue planning, and explores sales, distribution and delivery channels especially in the digital/mobile context.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following.  Other duties may be assigned.

1.  Contributes to the overall strategy and development of the architecture for Awana Children’s Ministries Elementary/Primary (Sparks/T&T) programs and products life cycles with consideration of end user, technology, research and marketing inputs. Participate in revenue target planning and assessment. 

2.   Initiate and actively participate in creative collaboration and development of new products, ideas and services that meet the needs of our customers.

3.   Develop and write products, either personally or by directing other staff and/or freelancers. Participate in product maintenance and quality control activities as needed.

4.   Engage internally and externally as subject matter expert on elementary/primary aged children and corresponding children’s ministry environments, with specific awareness of learning/personality styles and educational trends.

5.   Assume responsibility for utilization and sales performance of programs/products within Children’s Ministries.

6.   Pursue networking opportunities to develop relationships with children’s ministry constituents and potential ministry partners.

7.   Contribute and influence cross-functional connections inside the Awana ministry.

8.   Explore and develop new ministry platforms and delivery channels, especially in the digital/mobile context.

9.   Encourage and collaborate with Children’s ministries co-workers; work closely with them to learn from and balance strengths, weaknesses, talents, perspectives and experiences. Contribute to a culture of integrated workflow and information sharing.

10. 10.  Collaborate with Marketing and Communication teams to effectively communicate both reactive and proactive ministry changes to all appropriate audiences.

11.  Make recommendations to constantly improve the effectiveness, efficiency, productivity, and morale of the Children’s Ministries department.

12.  Perform other related duties as may be required from time to time.

Qualifications/Requirements

Education and/or Experience

Bachelor’s degree (B.A. or B.S.) in Primary or Secondary Education, Children’s Ministry, Christian Education or related field plus three to five years ministry experience within children’s ministry contexts. Master’s degree, especially in curriculum design/instruction or similar discipline, is preferred. Previous experience in adapting technology platforms for curriculum design/instruction is desired. Strong biblical knowledge and doctrinal understanding essential.

Professional Designations/Licensures/Certifications

None

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

Language Skills:

Strong writing skills and presentation skills. Ability to read and interpret documents such as routine correspondence, invoices and purchase orders, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.

Ability to respond to questions and present information in one-on-one and small group situations as well as larger teaching/speaking environments.

Mathematical Skills:

Ability to apply concepts of basic mathematics to practical situations.

Reasoning Ability:

Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram and schedule form.  Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.

Other Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

Excellent interpersonal skills required, including active listening and verbal communication skills.  Ability to take initiative to solve problems and make decisions. Organizational and time management skills necessary.  Solid general office skills, including Microsoft Office proficiency and the ability to learn/master other commonly used software packages, telephone skills, problem solving skills, and attention to detail. 

Physical Demands

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit.  The employee is frequently required to talk or hear.  The employee is occasionally required to use hands to finger, or handle, and reach with the hands and arms.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision. Some travel may be required.

Work Environment

The noise level in the work environment is moderately quiet.

PRIMARY INTERFACES

Internal:  Reports to the Director of Children’s Ministries.  Frequent interaction with Children’s Ministries staff members, other departments, and various committees.

External:  Frequent contact with Awana customers, constituents, missionaries, and outside partners and vendors.

This job description reflects the current assignment of essential functions, and is not meant to be all-inclusive.  Duties and responsibilities may be assigned or reassigned to this job at any time, and may be modified to reasonably accommodate an individual with a disability, or for other reasons.

International Accountant (32 Hrs)

Headquarters

Awana is a global, nonprofit ministry committed to the belief that the greatest impact for Christ starts with kids who know, love and serve Him. The transformative power of the gospel is shared every week through Awana ministries that reach more than three and a half million kids in more than 115 countries.  Providing resources and expertise, Awana empowers more than 45,000 churches and mobilizes more than 450,000 leaders to reach kids through evangelism and long-term discipleship.

We are seeking an International Accountant to join the International Finance Team. The International Accountant applies principles of accounting to analyze financial information, review budgets and funding requests, reconcile transactions, prepare journal entries, assess and maintain internal controls and perform other duties as assigned by the Manager of International Finance.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following.  Other duties may be assigned.

  1. Communicate with international field regarding annual budgets, funding requests, financial information and related questions.
  1. Coordinate field funding  based on annual budgets, field requests and available fund balances  for areas/regions of responsibility in accordance with Awana policy.
  1. Review expense reports, QuickBooks financial statements and budgets to verify proper financial management within each country.
  1. Participate in internal audits of international field offices.  May require travel to field offices to conduct internal compliance and financial audits, along with on-site technical support and training.
  1. Compile and analyze financial information to prepare journal entries on a monthly basis and at fiscal year end for monthly/year end closing purposes.
  1. Prepare journal entries accurately and timely and/or review recorded entries for accuracy.  Review and adjust recurring entries as necessary.
  1. Analyze financial information for variances, completeness and accuracy, including review of monthly financial reports for significant variances.
  1. Generate financial reports or financial summaries as required.
  1. Answer questions of field, managers, directors and other employees regarding financial reports.  Research and record any needed corrections on a timely basis.
  1. Perform other related duties as assigned to support the functions of International Finance.

QUALIFICATIONS/REQUIREMENTS

Education and/or Experience

Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Finance required.  Minimum two years practical experience in and/or knowledge of accounting, auditing, and budgeting.  Qualified to conduct audits and financial reviews. QuickBooks experience preferred.  Cross-cultural sensitivity and experience preferred..

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

Language Skills:

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret financial reports such as: expense accounts, bank statements, journal entries, balance sheets, income statements, and general ledger spread sheets.  Ability to write reports and business correspondence.  Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from international field offices and other staff members.  Good verbal and written communication skills required. Knowledge of Spanish or other foreign languages is a plus.

Mathematical Skills

Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions and percentages. 

Reasoning Ability:

Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.  Excellent analytical skills and the ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.  Ability to make decisions within the scope of authority.

Other Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

Thorough knowledge of current accounting and auditing practices and regulations.  Good communication, organization and time management skills.   Must be detail oriented with strong time management skills and have the ability to meet deadlines. Must have excellent computer skills and knowledge of financial software systems, along with proficiency in Excel and Word.  Knowledge of fund accounting, not-for-profit accounting, and/or church accounting is desirable.

Physical Demands

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit and talk or hear.  The employee is occasionally required to use hands to finger, handle or feel and reach with hands and arms.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision.  Must be able and willing to travel internationally on occasion for internal field office audits, if applicable.

Work Environment

The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.

PRIMARY INTERFACES

Internal:  Reports to the Manager of International Finance. Frequent interactions with the International  Finance Department staff members; periodic interaction with the Finance department and other Awana staff.

External: Ability to interact with all levels of international field staff, including directors, missionaries and coordinators. 

This job description reflects the current assignment of essential functions, and is not meant to be all-inclusive.  Duties and responsibilities may be assigned or reassigned to this job at any time, and may be modified to reasonably accommodate an individual with a disability, or for other reasons.

Manager, Accounts Payable/Receivable

Headquarters

Awana is a global, nonprofit ministry committed to the belief that the greatest impact for Christ starts with kids who know, love and serve Him. The transformative power of the gospel is shared every week through Awana ministries that reach more than three and a half million kids in more than 115 countries.  Providing resources and expertise, Awana empowers more than 45,000 churches and mobilizes more than 450,000 leaders to reach kids through evangelism and long-term discipleship.

We are seeking an Accounts Payable/Receivable Manager to join the Finance Team. 

This role will manage and supervise the activities of employees who handle Accounts Payable (AP) and Accounts Receivable (AR) functions for the ministry so that transactions are processed in a timely and accurate manner. AP activities include the processing of payments by check, electronic payment, wire transfer or credit card, along with processing of employee expense reports.  AR activities include the processing of receipts related to the sale of ministry resources, event income and donations received by mail, through bank lockbox or by online credit card payment.    

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following.  Other duties may be assigned.

  1. Manages and consistently improves the productivity and accuracy of the accounts payable, accounts receivable, and donation processing functions by determining work procedures, assigning duties to employees, and coordinating activities with other departments. Works with assigned employees to process activity and assist with problems and questions,
  2. Manages adjustments and corrections to donation records and customer accounts. Oversees the sending of donor receipts by email and by mail, for each gift received and at calendar year end.
  3. Researches new methods to improve the efficiency of the department through new techniques, procedures and technology. Compiles and analyzes disbursements data to produce reports that summarize the financial activity of Awana. Assists management with implementing that analysis to improve efficiency.
  4. Manages the testing for all computer upgrades for the AP/AR business systems and the donor system. Assists with any new initiatives that affect the AR/AP departments.
  5. Processes Year-End 1099 forms to vendors and IRS. Maintains 1099 files throughout the year. Maintains annuity files and oversees that annuity checks are processed on schedule. Tracks and processes any information on taxable employee expense payments to Payroll. 
  6. Manages the corporate credit card program, including reconciling all credit account activity, administering credit increases and resolving card and charge issues.  Coordinates paperwork needed, policy communication and forms. Manages processing of charges and payments. Trains employees on use and policies.
  7. Manages the Concur Expense Report system for processing employee reimbursements. Acts as the administrator for the system and does all setup, employee training, auditing, and processing of the reports.
  8. Audits on a test basis all disbursements of Awana for compliance with IRS regulations. Stays abreast of IRS, GAAP, GAAS, and ECFA regulations for disbursements. Conducts internal audit of disbursements and prepares workpapers for external auditors. Monitors internal control of disbursements and works to consistently strengthen and enforce controls. Assists with writing, maintaining, and enforcing financial policy and procedure.
  9. Manages credit card processing for Accounts Receivable (sales and donations) and missionary events, including PayPal, on-line registration and mobile credit card machines.
  10.  Provides training for staff as necessary utilizing on the job training, internet based training, seminars, etc.
  11. Communicate with other departments/divisions regarding accounts payable and accounts receivable activities and questions.

QUALIFICATIONS/REQUIREMENTS

Education and/or Experience

Associates Degree with a minimum of three years related experience required, Bachelor’s Degree preferred; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Prior supervisory experience required.   

Professional Designations/Licensures/Certifications

None

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

Language Skills

Ability to read and interpret documents such as invoices, credit/debit advises, customer correspondence, and procedure manuals.  Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.  Ability to respond to questions and present information in one-on-one and small group situations to employees or customers.

Mathematical Skills:

Ability to apply concepts of basic mathematics to practical situations.

Reasoning Ability:

Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form.  Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.  Ability to make appropriate decisions within the assigned scope of responsibility.

Other Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

Excellent general office skills, including PC proficiency, typing skills, calculator skills, basic bookkeeping or accounting experience and knowledge, telephone skills, problem solving skills, and attention to detail.  Strong communication and interpersonal skills needed to deal with customers, vendors, and employees at all levels.  Intermediate skills in working with Excel and Word are required.  Knowledge and experience with accounting, banking, donor and expense reporting software systems is desired and/or required. Desired software system experience includes Intacct (accounting), Chase and/or Bank of America (banking), and Raiser’s Edge (donor) and Concur (expense reporting).

Physical Demands

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit.  The employee is frequently required to talk or hear.  The employee is occasionally required to use hands to finger, or handle, and reach with hands and arms.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision. 

Work Environment

The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.

PRIMARY INTERFACES

Internal:  Reports to Controller.  Frequent interaction with Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable staff members; regular interaction with other employees, including Finance, Legal, Development, Operations, and International Finance staff and US missionaries.    

External:  Frequent contact with vendors.

This job description reflects the current assignment of essential functions, and is not meant to be all-inclusive.  Duties and responsibilities may be assigned or reassigned to this job at any time, and may be modified to reasonably accommodate an individual with a disability, or for other reasons.

Web Developer Team Lead

Headquarters

Awana is a global, nonprofit ministry committed to the belief that the greatest impact for Christ starts with kids who know, love and serve Him. The transformative power of the gospel is shared every week through Awana ministries that reach more than three and a half million kids in more than 115 countries.  Providing resources and expertise, Awana empowers more than 45,000 churches and mobilizes more than 450,000 leaders to reach kids through evangelism and long-term discipleship.

We are seeking a Web Developer Team Lead to join the Technology team. 

The Web Development Team Lead is responsible for hands-on, leading-from-the-front management of the Awana Web Development team.  The Web Dev team handles development projects and requests for changes to the Awana website, eCommerce store, and suite of web-based apps.  The Team Lead is expected to produce code along with the team in addition to providing technical solutions, training/guidance, code review, and overall leadership for the team.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

1.    Manages, guides, and leads the Awana Web Development team at a standard reflective of Awana’s heart for mission and customer satisfaction.

2.    Exercises independent judgment and discretion in web development deliverables by prioritizing, planning, and tracking progress.

3.    Manages and directs a team of direct reports as assigned. Evaluates employee performance, sets expectations and goals for department and individual staff members, recruits, disciplines and trains staff. Meets regularly with supervised staff to review status of assigned tasks, solve problems, and discuss progress towards the achievement of team and department goals

4.    Owns and drives Web Development team delivery and productivity, including working to remove blocks/impediments, and continuously looks for opportunities to increase productivity and foster an environment of consistency and adherence to commitment

5.    Provides technical leadership for the Web Development team, including architectural/technical solutions, code review, scoping/estimation of proposed projects, training and development of the team, and management of code releases.

6.    Crafts coding standards and enforces adherence to the same

7.    Owns release management across the higher environments, and communication of release notes

8.    Personally writes and develops code for web development tasks and tickets on a regular basis

9.    Acts as the subject matter expert on the intersection of culture and technology for Awana. Provides thought leadership and direction in the area of using technology as an outreach tool.

10.  Maintains current technical expertise in the rapidly changing software industry and utilizes state of the art techniques when implementing solutions.

11.  Positions the Technology department as a ministry thought leader and reliable internal partner.  

12.  Actively responds to communications from customers and constituents.

13.  Participates in team and departmental meetings, periodic reviews of other team members’ work, team brainstorming and professional development sessions and annual individual goal setting process.

 

QUALIFICATIONS/REQUIREMENTS

Education and/or Experience

Bachelor's degree preferred (preferably in computer science, business administration or related field). A minimum of 5 years experience in software development (enterprise environment a huge plus). Must have a thorough knowledge of current development techniques and web development programming languages, including: PHP, Java, Javascript, AngularJS, HTML, CSS, and Ruby-on-Rails (Python & C# experience a plus). Familiarity with Wordpress desired. Basic understanding of databasing necessary. Must be able to understand, and clearly relate to other members of the organization, technical manuals, software specifications, and software documentation.

Professional Designations/Licensures/Certifications

None

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

Language Skills:

Ability to read and speak English is required.  Ability to read, analyze, and interpret various business and technical documents.  Effective communication skills and strong time management skills.  Project management skills a huge plus.

Reasoning Ability:

Excellent problem solving skills and logical thinking required for many programming tasks.  Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.  Ability to make decisions within the scope of authority, and to make quick decisions in emergency situations.

Other Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

Must have experience working on large scale Technology projects and development teams of at least 3-5 people.  Good communication and interpersonal skills. Team orientation and ability to multi-task, shift gears quickly, work independently and collaboratively. Ability to meet deadlines while paying attention to details. Delegation is a key skill for this position.

Physical Demands

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit and talk or hear.  The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and reach with hands and arms.  The employee is occasionally required to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and to kneel, crawl, stoop, or lie down to work with cabling in tight spaces.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts.  The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet. Must be willing to travel on occasion if needed

PRIMARY INTERFACES

Internal:  Reports to the Director of Process & Delivery. Web Development team reports to this position.  Frequent interaction with other members of the Technology department (especially BA, QA, and IT).  Regular interaction with Product Owners, Stakeholders, and other internal customers.

External:  As needed.

This job description reflects the current assignment of essential functions, and is not meant to be all-inclusive.  Duties and responsibilities may be assigned or reassigned to this job at any time, and may be modified to reasonably accommodate an individual with a disability, or for other reasons.

Youth Ministries Curriculum Developer

Headquarters

Awana is a global, nonprofit ministry committed to the belief that the greatest impact for Christ starts with kids who know, love and serve Him. The transformative power of the gospel is shared every week through Awana ministries that reach more than three and a half million kids in more than 115 countries.  Providing resources and expertise, Awana empowers more than 45,000 churches and mobilizes more than 450,000 leaders to reach kids through evangelism and long-term discipleship.

We are seeking a Curriculum Developer to join the Youth Ministries team. 

This position is the primary team member responsible for leading the development and implementation of all Youth Ministries curriculum and products in collaboration with the Director of Youth Ministries. This position strategizes ministry plans and resources, participates in revenue planning, and explores delivery channels especially in the digital/mobile context. This position will also assist with maintaining active messaging ownership of Youth Ministries brands.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following.  Other duties may be assigned.

1.    Be a subject matter expert on youth/adolescence and corresponding youth ministry environments, with specific awareness of learning/personality styles and educational trends.

2.    Be the authoritative source on Awana Youth Ministries programs, curriculum, and products.

3.    Assume responsibility for utilization and sales performance of programs/products within Youth Ministries.

4.    Engage and build relationships with youth ministry constituents.

5.    Be an influencer to lead and encourage others, both inside and outside the Awana ministry family, toward the ministry values of Awana.

6.    Strategize program and product life cycles in consideration of end user, technology, research and marketing inputs. Participate in revenue target planning and assessment.

7.    Collaborate with other staff members to brainstorm ideas; develop, expand, update, upgrade, or enhance Youth Ministries’ products and programs.

8.    Explore and develop new ministry platforms and delivery channels, especially in the digital/mobile context.

9.    Develop and write curriculum, either personally or by directing other staff and/or freelancers. Participate in product maintenance and quality control activities as needed.

10.  Encourage and support Youth ministries co-workers; work closely with them to learn from and balance strengths, weaknesses, talents, perspectives and experiences. Contribute to a culture of integrated workflow and information sharing.

11.  Work with Marketing team to effectively communicate both reactive and proactive ministry changes to all appropriate audiences.

12.  Make recommendations to constantly improve the effectiveness, efficiency, productivity, and morale of the Youth Ministries department. Perform other related duties as may be required from time to time. 

Qualifications/Requirements

Education and/or Experience

Bachelor’s degree (B.A. or B.S.) in Education, Christian Education, Youth Ministry or related field plus three to five years ministry experience within youth ministry contexts. Master’s degree, especially in curriculum design/instruction or similar discipline, is desirable. Previous experience in adapting technology platforms for curriculum design/instruction is beneficial. Strong biblical knowledge and doctrinal understanding essential.

Professional Designations/Licensures/Certifications

None

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

Language Skills:

Ability to read and interpret documents such as routine correspondence, invoices and purchase orders, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.

Ability to respond to questions and present information in one-on-one and small group situations as well as larger teaching/speaking environments.

Mathematical Skills:

Ability to apply concepts of basic mathematics to practical situations.

Reasoning Ability:

Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram and schedule form.  Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.

Other Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

Excellent interpersonal skills required, including active listening and verbal communication skills.  Ability to take initiative to solve problems and make decisions. Organizational and time management skills necessary.  Solid general office skills, including Microsoft Office proficiency and the ability to learn/master other commonly used software packages, telephone skills, problem solving skills, and attention to detail. 

Physical Demands

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit.  The employee is frequently required to talk or hear.  The employee is occasionally required to use hands to finger, or handle, and reach with the hands and arms.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision. Some travel may be required.

Work Environment

The noise level in the work environment is moderately quiet.

PRIMARY INTERFACES

Internal:  Reports to the Director of Youth Ministries.  Frequent interaction with Youth Ministries staff members, other departments, and various committees.

External:  Frequent contact with Awana customers, constituents, field staff, and outside partners and vendors.

This job description reflects the current assignment of essential functions, and is not meant to be all-inclusive.  Duties and responsibilities may be assigned or reassigned to this job at any time, and may be modified to reasonably accommodate an individual with a disability, or for other reasons.

Missionary

Awana International Global Missionary - (Full-time and Part-time Opportunities)

Missionary

The Global Missionary is a faith-supported missionary who provides servant support and leadership in a specific country or region. The Global Missionary provides ministry and administrative support, coaching, mentoring, training, advocacy, support of fundraising and/or hands on ministry for the local leaders in the country or area in which they are assigned. The Global Missionary will normally serve for a term of one to three years.

Qualifications include Bible Studies Certification, or equivalent, from a recognized Bible college and/or seminary. Previous Awana experience preferred.

Qualified candidates must be born-again children of God with a clear, definite call of the Holy Spirit to Awana ministry. Other requirements include: living a fruit bearing spiritual life; being a person of vision, burden, spiritual depth, initiative and faithfulness; having a good working knowledge of the Word of God; doctrinal convictions that align with those of Awana, and be a member in good standing of a gospel-preaching church.

Applicants must be able to communicate the Christian values of Awana and demonstrate a quality of spiritual life that is an example to others.

Awana International Missionary

Missionary

The Awana International Missionary opportunity is a full time, faith-supported position. International Missionaries are responsible for developing and delivering culturally appropriate presentations to groups and individuals designed to demonstrate the value of children’s ministry and to acquaint the audience with the Awana curriculum. International Missionaries also provide training and ongoing support to churches, pastors, youth leaders and partner organizations which are involved with the Awana ministry.

The successful candidate will be committed to equipping leaders and lay people to impact their communities with the Gospel of Jesus Christ and will excel in the areas of leadership, team building, training, administration and communication. Qualifications include Bible Studies Certification, or the equivalent, from a recognized Bible college or seminary. Previous Awana club experience is strongly preferred.

Qualified candidates must be born-again children of God with a clear, definite call of the Holy Spirit to the Awana ministry. Other requirements include: living a fruit bearing spiritual life; a person of vision, burden, spiritual depth, initiative and faithfulness; a good working knowledge of the Word of God; doctrinal convictions that align with those of Awana, and a member in good standing of a gospel-preaching church.

U.S. Missionary

Missionary

The vision and driving passion of Awana is that all children and youth will come to know, love and serve the Lord Jesus Christ. Awana missionaries carry out this vision through relationships with local churches. They assist local church leaders to develop and lead ministries related to children and youth in a way that works in their particular setting. Awana missionaries serve on a team whose responsibilities are guided by the Field Leadership team.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following:

  1. Build relationships with pastors, ministry directors and volunteers at assigned churches. Through the nurturing of these relationships, help churches establish ministry that works in their particular setting and develop to their full ministry potential.
  2. Help local churches launch and implement effective Awana ministry by developing relationships with key church leaders and volunteers and providing leader equipping, coaching and/or guidance during the first three years of ministry.
  3. Effectively communicate vision and information with a variety of constituents including donors and churches, in written form, using various digital technologies, and via live and video-based presentations.
  4. Maintain and promote clear lines of communication with Field Leadership Team and Awana headquarters. Report field activity in a timely and accurate manner, as requested.
  5. Raise funds for personal income and ministry expenses in accordance with the Awana Fully-Funded Policy. Demonstrate good financial stewardship of raised funds.
  6. Build and develop volunteer teams to serve the local church on behalf of and in conjunction with the Awana missionary. Identify, recruit, train, coach, motivate and empower volunteer team members. Lead this team in a way that honors God.
  7. Other duties as assigned.

ESSENTIAL PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES:

Spiritual Demands:

Must be born-again child of God. Must have a clear, definite call of the Holy Spirit to the Awana ministry. Must be living a clean, wholesome, fruit bearing, spiritual life, and is a person of vision, burden, spiritual depth, initiative, and faithfulness. Must have a good working knowledge of the Word of God. Must be of the same doctrinal convictions as set forth in our Doctrinal Statement.  Must be a member in good standing of a gospel-preaching church. If married, have a spouse who is supportive of their ministry.

  • Possess a high degree of self-awareness and emotional intelligence. Has relational comfort and ability to demonstrate professionally appropriate behavior in social settings. 
  • Effective interpersonal skills. Relates well to volunteers and staff at all levels. Treats others with respect and dignity. Accepts accountability for actions.  Exhibits an attitude of Christian discipleship with a servant’s heart.
  • Must be able to work well independently and in a team environment; able to delegate when necessary.
  • Must be a life-long learner.

ESSENTIAL SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:

  • Must have a working knowledge of the Awana programs, products, and services.
  • Demonstrate sound working knowledge of Awana Clubs International’s Doctrinal Statement and ability to engage in conversation about it.
  • Ability to effectively present the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
  • Strong communication and public speaking skills are a must. Ability to influence others through presentations to small and large audiences, representing Awana professionally and accurately.
  • Ability to effectively cast vision to leadership and ministry team members. Ability to effectively communicate to people from diverse backgrounds.
  • Strong consulting and problem solving skills that will be effective in the local church environment.
  • Excellent planning, coordinating, and research skills. 
  • Attention to detail and deadlines and the ability to take initiative to solve problems and manage work load are required.
  • Knowledge of basic marketing, advertising, and promotion concepts is recommended.
  • Highly proficient at using technology to communicate, including phone, e-mail, text, social media, and online video communication. Willing and able to learn and adopt new technology is required. Computer skills including Microsoft products, typing proficiency, and database skills. 
  • Must have access to high-speed internet service.
  • The ability to listen effectively to constituents is required.
  • Frequent travel is required by car, air, or other forms of transportation.
  • Ability to apply concepts of basic mathematics to practical situations.
  • Ability to solve problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.  Resolves conflict constructively with individuals directly involved. Is considerate and tactful when addressing sensitive issues.

Education and/or Experience

A Bible Studies Certificate from a Bible College/Institute and/or seminary or equivalent training and experience. Basic Bible doctrine and Old Testament/New Testament surveys are recommended. Courses in Evangelism, Missions, and Christian Education are also strongly encouraged. Awana Club’s leadership and Awana Ministry Team experience or equivalent training are recommended but not required.

Professional Designations/Licensures/Certifications

Must be set aside (commissioned) for missionary service by home church, with a Commissioning Service.  May be Licensed or Ordained.  Valid driver’s license.

Physical Demands

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. The employee is frequently required to sit, stand, walk and carry 25 lbs. or more. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, and ability to adjust focus, and drive a car.

Primary Interfaces

Internal: Reports to the Regional Director. Has frequent interaction with US Ministries Dept, and Ministry Team Members, and some contact with International staff and other missionaries.

External: Has frequent contact with Pastors, Elders, Deacons, Commanders, and Constituents.

This job description reflects the current assignment of essential functions, and is not meant to be all-inclusive. Duties and responsibilities may be assigned or reassigned to this job at any time, and may be modified to reasonably accommodate an individual with a disability, or for other reasons.