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Hi Pastor Karl. We would like to say thank you so much! We have just completed the "Armor of God" curriculum and have loved every minute of it. We have learned so much. You have helped our leader find inspiration again after 20 years in Children's Ministry. She's now really excited again to be creative and teach us more about Jesus!
- Melissa in Brisbane, Australia
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U-Turn Cards -- new from Karl Bastian -- create an engaging Gospel presentation that illustrate the "Romans Road" salvation message.

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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

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Has anyone used this movie for a Bible study for children. I'm looking at using it for a day retreat and wondered if anyone had some ideas....

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Here the kindergarten at the public school is in the pre-k building. OUr church followed suit by moving the kindergarten to the pre-k hall. Parents o...

Children’s Ministry Interns

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Kid Church in Main Service

Frank- I checked them out. The pictures were hard to see, but it seems like a cool idea....

Kindergarten kids placement?

We have 4-11 all together for activities and worship, then the 4-6 (preschool and kindergarten) year olds split off and have their own teaching and cr...

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Best illustrations to communicate Gospel?

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VBS service projects

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Kidmin Talk #77 - Connecting with Kids

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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.


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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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Latest Podcast Episodes:

Kidmin Talk #077 - February 24th, 2015
Karl reveals 10 Practical Tips for connecting with kids. Learn the secrets of forming meaningful friendships with kids so you can have a lasting impact while seeing your effectiveness as a teacher improve.


Kidmin Talk #076 - January 29th, 2015
By popular demand, Gus is back as Karl shares "The Three Secrets" for being an effective teacher/minister to kids. Apply these, and something amazing will happen soon in your kidmin!


Kidmin Talk #075 - November 25th, 2014
Karl shares some of his secrets for connecting with kids as they arrive at church using humor, props and strategic questions.


Kidmin Talk #074 - November 7th, 2014
Kids ask the craziest questions! Karl shares two stories of kids stumping him. One where a kid caught him teaching something unbiblical that you probably are too! And another who had a question the whole pastor staff couldn't answer, but a NASCAR fan could! Be reminded of the importance of encouraging kids to challenge us!


Kidmin Talk #073 - October 8th, 2014
After two months of podcast silence Karl returns with an update on Kidology.org's 20th birthday and other news and updates for his faithful podcast listeners, and also asks for some input on podcast format. Listen in!


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Connecting with Kids

You don't want to be just an administrator of a ministry or a manager of programs. You don't even want to just be a great teacher. You want to help transform the lives of kids. 

The secret is to follow the example of Jesus. Sure, he was the master teacher - but it was his relational approach to ministry that transformed the world. If you want to have an eternal impact you need to learn how to connect with kids relationally. 

In Karl's latest podcast he gives away ten of his secrets for connecting with kids. Be sure to post some of your ideas in the forum discussion after listening.

Listen to Connecting with Kids now! 

 

Because Jesus Loves Children, 

Karl Bastian
aka "The Kidologist"

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