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Easter Resources Guide

Seeking egg-selent holiday resources? You should explore our Easter Resources Guide in the Kidology Store!

Next Steps for Kids

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

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!

Kidology Coaching

Need help from a veteran children's ministry professional? Consider Kidology Coaching, where a dedicated coach guides you through foundational areas of ministry.

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

 

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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

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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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Kidology Zones

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11 Things You Can Do To Make A Kid's Day

Fun simple ideas for engaging kids!

Is Your Easter Hollow? Chocolate Rabbit Object Lesson

Is your Easter hollow? Show the kids in your ministry how to not feel empty this Easter. 

Three Questions for a Healthier Children's Ministry

Here's a few questions to help you gauge the health of your Children's Ministry.

Impress Your Boss by Planning

Don't wait until you're asked to show your pastor your ministry plan!

Fear in Children of Divorce Can Cause Behavior Issues

Did you know that fear in the child of divorce can cause behavior issues?

Kid Volunteers: The Welcome Table

Are you looking for creative ways to get kids involved in serving in your ministry?

Do You Have Cliques in Your Children's Ministry?

“Two are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble.” – Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 NLT

Pastor as Leader

 Pastor, Your Leadership Matters More Than You Think.

Discovering God's Path Curriculum: Lesson #084 - Interpreter of Dreams

Joseph interprets dreams

Discovering God's Path Curriculum: Lesson #083 - Run Joseph Run

Joseph is tempted.

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Transitioning to something new

thanks for the info john! I'd love to come to Alabama! Why don't ya book me for a kids event or volunteer training?? I was just there in Orange Beach...

Transitioning to something new

Karl and others, Just an update on how we have made TeamKID work. It is designed to be anywhere from an hour to an hour and a half long. We have ha...

Transitioning to something new

TeamKID is a Lifeway program Click here for more details....

Transitioning to something new

What is TeamKID? Can you tell us a little about it? Web site?...

Star Wars Theme resources

Also check out this AMAZING VBS (which could be used for camp or a kids series) Scar Force...

Star Wars Theme resources

www.soulwarsvbs.com...

Gods Path Lessons 16 and 17

Hmm. Apparently my computer ate lessons 16 and 17 ... (as I am sure I wouldn't have accidentally deleted them ) Is there anyway to get copies of thes...

Start up children’s Ministry HELP !!

There are several things out there but I would start with three. 1. Is the Kidology Cookbook that walks you through how to set up a Children's Church ...

Start up children’s Ministry HELP !!

Hello, I am a new children's Minister at my church and i have been using Ministry for children for lesson plans. I have not had any training and been ...

Transitioning to something new

Peter, Thanks for your reply! I forgot to update this post . . . We ended up going with TeamKID and have been customizing it for our needs. They us...


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New in Online Training

Walk Through Paper!

In this Kidology Lab, Karl Bastian, the Kidologist - shows you an amazing trick you can do for your kids, with a bonus fun gag that always gets a laugh. Without cutting the edges of a normal piece of paper, Karl will show you how to cut a hole in the paper large enough for an entire person to pass through. Sounds impossible! It is, unless you know the secret.


The Amazing Quarter and Dime trick

In this Kidology Lab, Karl shows you how to pass a quarter through a hole the size of a dime. It's impossible! (Unless you know the secret.) It's a great object lesson on how God can do the impossible!


Secrets of Effective Kid Communicators

10 Secrets of Effective Kid Communicators



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I'm The Story
I'm The Story provides the world's best personalized classic books for children and adults. Our books are gateways to other worlds. Customize yours today!!


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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 #092 - February 23rd, 2017
Special Edition: Karl joined Matt Guevara, executive director of INCM, for a lunch time conversation about VBS and summer outreach during INCM's Web Week.


Kidmin Talk #091 - November 30th, 2016
Karl Bastian is joined on this podcast by two expert communicators. Kidology Coach Barney Kinard and professional magician Johnny Mobley (aka Johnny Magic) were in town for the FCM Conference so Karl sat down with them and asked them to share some insights on how to engage an audience. PLUS, learn about an amazing new School of Magic kit and app from Johnny Magic!


Kidmin Talk #090 - November 23rd, 2016
God works through relationships. He is in the people building business not program development. God is not interested in building your ministry. He is passionately committed to building YOU and building others through you. This is the final keynote in the Awesome Series as we look at our Awesome Community in Kidmin.


Kidmin Talk #089 - November 17th, 2016
We have an Awesome Opportunity - given to us by God to make a real difference not only in our world, but for eternity. Only YOU can do what God has planned for you. We have this incredible opportunity to see God's Plan come to pass! Learn the secret to significance and seeing your life become everything that God planned for you, far in advance!


Kidmin Talk #088 - November 10th, 2016
We serve an Awesome God, and yet, we get overwhelmed and stressed by the challenges of ministry. The struggle is ironic, but real. Ironic, because we have the Almighty God of the universe behind us - and yet, we often focus on the obstacles. This podcast will encourage you and help you have a Jedi-like calm as you realize that your big problems are no problem to the God we serve!


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From The Kidologist, Karl Bastian

  

Aim for Everyone!

Effective Techniques for Engaging Kids

I was reading a discussion over on the Kidology.org forums about how to teach to a wide age range, and there were some comments suggesting different age ranges to aim for.

I’d like to suggest: AIM FOR EVERYONE!

The key in a large group with a large age range is to shift your focus constantly. The secret is to be highly visual and to be physically moving and animated to keep the younger ones tracking with you - and use humor constantly to keep a connection with your audience.

Think about it: Senior pastors preach to a wide audience range of age and intelligence and education and worldview and learning styles and they can do it! They don’t break their audience into groups! How do they do it? It isn’t through the content or aiming for a specific part of the congregation! It is through THEM and their delivery. YOU can do the same! When you work on your delivery and becoming a vibrant communicator, you can communicate effectively to young and old kids at the same time!

I target EVERY AGE in the room constantly! I’ll even say, “For you little guys, that means…” if I need to. And I won’t hesitate to define a word in the original Hebrew for the big kids! But the key is YOU and your delivery – be animated, creative, visual, funny when you can, serious when it matters, walk out among the kids for emphasis, and keep it moving.

For more details on how I engage kids, read the full blog post on Kidologist.com. For further guidance in this area, check out DiscipleTown. You will find it packed with creative and fun ideas and a visual PowerPoint to back you up. You can do it!

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