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Get Spooky This Halloween!

Karl Bastian's 4-Lesson Halloween Series helping kids overcome fear.  Teach the biblical understanding of life, showing how Jesus defeated death!

CODE 2-5-2 Spy-Themed Curriculum

Teach kids how to grow up like Jesus with this spy-themed 4-week curriculum...new from the Kidologist! 

DiscipleTown Curriculum

DiscipleTown is a Kid's Church curriculum developed by Karl Bastian with the folks at DiscipleLand. 

Next Steps for Kids

Lead your kids through the Next Steps in their spiritual journey.

VBS Follow-Up Kit

Get Kidology's Ready-Made Templates for Ongoing Ministry after your Summer outreach program has finished!

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Andy and the Ants Companion Lesson

 A new companion lesson is available for Karl's book, Andy and the Ants. Use ants to teach kids about the incarnation!

How do you spell S-A-L-V-A-T-I-O-N?

U-Turn Cards -- new from Karl Bastian -- create an engaging Gospel presentation that illustrate the "Romans Road" salvation message.

POOF!

We know children's ministry moves fast. Sometimes you need a resource, tool, or curriculum ASAP. Kidology is here to help. Your kidmin resource is just a click away!

 

It's About Relationship

You can download Karl's NEW eBook today - and the best part is, it's 100% FREE!

NoDuh, the Wise One

Teach the spiritual disciplines with NoDuh, an 11-part series of 5-minute high-resolution videos that challenges kids areas of fasting, simplicity, and more.

Buy USED and SAVE in the Garage Sale

Make your children's ministry dollars stretch farther by shopping for bargains on gently-used items in the Kidology Garage Sale!

Jam Packed with Bright Ideas

24 Kidmin Experts share their best ideas for object lessons, crafts, games, worship, missions, teaching, technology, leadership, and more!

Listen to Kidmin Talk!

Check out the free audio episodes in our podcast, Kidmin Talk. C'mon over and open your ears!

 

Curriculum for Any Church!

Whether you lead in a small urban church, a large suburban church, or a mobile church, you need a curriculum that is unique and flexible. DiscipleTown has what you need!

Discovering God's Path Curriculum

Discovering God's Path Curriculum is a 3-year reproducible curriculum released FREE on a rotating quarterly basis as a benefit for Kidology Premium Members

Let's Talk Kidmin Facebook Page

Got Kidmin questions? Need advice? Want to connect with other Kidmin leaders and volunteers? Check out Kidology's Let's Talk Kidmin group on Facebook!

Kidology Open Source Curriculum

Kidology Open Source Curriculum is a FREE set of tools you download, remix, and share with others!  Budget-friendly 3-year curriculum for church, home, & school

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The Benefits of Rebooting Your Children's Ministry

Can your kidmin use a reboot?

Think Like a Missionary

What methods do we use to teach our kids to be missionaries?

We Know This Story Already!

How can you teach the standard Bible stories and still engage those kids who "already know this one"?

His Name Endures Forever: An Object Lesson

An object lesson to use following worship to explain to kids how Jesus washes away our sins, yet he endures forever!

ThanksLiving Game

Play this game to remind your kids what they have to be thankful for.

Your Journey Baptism Follow Up Booklet

Craig Wilson, the children's pastor at LifeBridge Church in Longmont, Colorado has provided this excellent follow up booklet for kids who have recently been baptized.

Am I Ready to be Baptized? - Kids and Parents Baptism Booklets

I found this Baptism Packet at LifeBridge Church in Longmont, Colorado and asked their children's pastor, Craig Wilson, if I could make it available on Kidology.org - as it was so well done.

Worship Response Stations

Use these worship station ideas to allow kids to express themselves in ways that they are most comfortable. 

Bible Teaching Skit: Modern-day story of King Josiah (2 Kings 22)

Use this skit, set in modern times, as a way to illustrate the story of Josiah. 

How To Become An Effective Team Member

Use these tips to become a better team member that will benefit not only your team, but the kids in your ministry.

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Movie Reviews

Thank you so much for your feedback, let me look into that! Glad to see they are missed! Is there any particular movie you'd like to see a review of?...

Movie Reviews

Are movies reviews not part of kidology any more? It is a great way to engage parents and remind them to protect what their children are seeing. Ple...

Movies for Wisdom Lesson?

We watched the The Legend of Bigfoot last week to accompany the integrity lesson. Could anyone suggest another YouTube movie to accompany our lesson ...

Transitioning to something new

It has worked really well and it fits perfectly with our core values of discipleship through worship, study and serving. The kids, leaders and parent...

Transitioning to something new

Dawn~ How has that structure worked for you so far? We just started a new Wednesday night ministry last week and I've decided we are going to do basic...

Transitioning to something new

Last year we structured our Wednesday nights on a similar model. We used Jumpstart3 songs, one each month, as the core of what we did, and then taught...

HELP!!! Summer Camp Planning

Camp themes are fun! I'd start with the thrift store, and you could also ask people to loan you stuff, since most camping gear sits in garages unused...

Need some fun videos to show our kids

Boy oh Boy! You have obviously never heard of Toybox Tales! Your kids will LOVE these! They have been used in coutless churches for ever a decade - to...

Need some fun videos to show our kids

Hey everyone, hope you are all doing good! I am looking for some funny videos to play for my kids on Sunday School. I usually open class with 2 sho...

HELP!!! Summer Camp Planning

any ideas where to get decorations/props for camp theme....


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New in Online Training

Secrets of Effective Kid Communicators

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Tips for Teaching All Ages

This was a volunteer training session in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin in 2014. The topic is ministry to kids of all ages - from nursery tips (how to quiet any crying baby) to preschool and grade school tips for relating to and teaching children.


The Vanishing Salt Shaker

Amaze the kids the next time you eat out by making the restaurant's salt shaker pass right through a solid table! No secret props, use only materials at the table. It's a fun way to connect with kids the next time you eat out!



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New in the Resource Directory

Creative Arts Store
Give you the Resources To Creatively Expand Your Ministry.


DiscipleZone Resources at Grace Church
Walking with Jesus: A Step-by-Step Guide for New Christian Kids by Rev. Dennis Barta. This booklet will help children know how to live as a Christian after accepting Jesus as Savior.


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Impress Kids is Bible memory games for this generation of children. Impress Kids is used in Christian churches, homes, and day schools, and everywhere else boys and girls around the world are becoming followers of Jesus Christ.


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Latest Podcast Episodes:

Kidmin Talk #085 - August 18th, 2016
If you are a parent, your primary children's ministry is not at church, but in your home. It doesn't matter what success you have at church if your ministry to your own kids is lacking. Pastor Karl (and Dad) Bastian shares how to reach your child's H.E.A.R.T. so that you can do your best to guide them toward a life-long relationship with Jesus.


Kidmin Talk #084 - May 9th, 2016
Learn what tech Pastor Karl uses to keep on top of a busy children's ministry. To survive in kidmin leadership, you MUST become a master of administration, organization and management - even if those aren't your strongest areas. Karl shares six techy tools that help him stay on top of the daily demands!


Kidmin Talk #083 - April 19th, 2016
It doesn't take long as a kidmin leader to figure out that children's ministry isn't all fun and games. In fact, it can be downright discouraging. How do you keep yourself "up" and be an encouragement to others when you yourself are facing challenges that fight to pull you down. Kids Ministry isn't for wimps... let Pastor Karl share some secrets to survival in children's ministry.


Kidmin Talk #082 - December 22nd, 2015
As we head into a New Year, learn the powerful secret to making your dreams and goals come true in the months ahead. We all want to improve and be better at who we are and what we do - this podcast will empower you to do just that!


Kidmin Talk #081 - November 30th, 2015
One of the basic responsibilities of a children's ministry leader or teacher is to equip children to use their Bibles. Long after we are gone, the Bible will be available to help kids, if we have trained them to use it. In this podcast gain some practical ideas for making the Bible exciting to kids!


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We KNOW This Story Already!

Teach Creatively to Never Hear These Words Again!

We’ve all heard the kids bemoan, “We know this story,” as we start to teach a familiar Bible story. But we want to teach it, because not every kid really knows it. Even for those kids who THINK they know it may learn a new application or teachable message that you want to communicate. But we still dread the kids' unified claim of familiarity.

Kids like what is NEW, so how do you breath new life into a story the kids think they already know? The secret is to engage the kids and bring it to life by making them a part of the story! This will require some creativity, some props and a controlled level of chaos! 

I have always said that children’s ministry is “stuff-intensive” because children are both highly visual and sensory. Their brain engages when they are holding things. If you aren’t bringing a box of stuff with you any time you teach, you may be undermining your effectiveness!

Enjoy this practical example of how I brought the familiar story of David and Goliath to life last Sunday for the kids at my church.

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