In today’s episode, Randy speaks with Matt Markins, the President and CEO of Awana. Matt explores his experience with Awana on the most effective ways to engage children in the Bible and create long-lasting relationships with the church and Jesus.
Matt makes the case that an eight-year-old is the heart of your children's ministry and that the church should be asking, what are we doing to form that eight-year-old that in five years will have their world view established?
Matt serves as the President and CEO of Awana, a global leader in child discipleship. Matt firmly believes that in this cultural moment, God is calling church leaders and child influencers to understand the times and to make resilient child disciples who will lead the church of the future. Prior to joining the Awana executive leadership team, Matt served in leadership roles with Randall House Publishers, Thomas Nelson Publishers and was the co-founder of the D6 Conference, a discipleship and family ministry community. He’s also the co-founder of the Child Discipleship Form and has co-authored three books: RESILIENT: Child Discipleship and the Fearless Future of the Church, Leading KidMin: How to Drive Real Change in Children’s Ministry, and The Gospel Truth About Children’s Ministry. Matt enjoys carpentry, creating beautiful spaces, outdoor exploration, and breakfast with Katie. Matt and his wife Katie have been involved in children’s ministry for more than 25 years and spend their time in Nashville with their two sons. Facebook Profile https://www.facebook.com/matt.markins/ LinkedIn Profile https://www.linkedin.com/in/matt-markins-1b22704/ Website https://www.awana.org/
Randy Frazee is the lead pastor at Westside Family Church in Kansas City. A frontrunner and innovator in spiritual formation and biblical community, Randy is the architect of The Story and Believe church engagement campaign. He is also the author of The Heart of the Story; Think, Act, Be Like Jesus; What Happens After You Die; The Connecting Church 2.0; and The Christian Life Profile Assessment. He and his wife, Rozanne, live in Kansas City, Kansas. Facebook Profile https://www.facebook.com/RandyeFrazee Instagram Profile https://www.instagram.com/randyfrazee/ Twitter Profile https://twitter.com/RandyFrazee LinkedIn Profile https://www.linkedin.com/in/randy-frazee-43bb1545/ Website https://www.randyfrazee.com/