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Karl, I spent my whole day just sitting in front of my computer viewing your training videos - the Kids Church Cooking Show ones; using storytelling, puppets, balloons, magics, object lessons and also about "Evaluating your Ministry" telling about how you diagnose the health of your ministry. Honestly I could say that it was indeed a realization and a blessing spending time watching and hearing those words and insights from you. I was thinking of the ministry that God has entrusted to me, I work with children church for almost five years now and I realize that there are a lot of things that was missing. I decide to talk to God and early this morning when I woke up I prayed to God to really bring back that passion of ministering with the kids because I think sometimes it's just for the sake of work, because I was assigned to work with kids and the very main goal of making disciples has not been realized. Today I was determined to take time to spend time praying for children's ministry and that God will use me effectively. Thank you.
- Inspired, Mona
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Kidologist's Zone

This is the place to find things written or submitted by the creator of Kidology.org, Karl Bastian.

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Premium Clean Teeth

A fun game that takes an ordinary daily chore (brushing your teeth) and provide a spiritual application on obeying God's Word.

Games, Teamwork, Obeying God's Word
Premium Barnyard Scramble

Help children understand how, in a church, everyone needs to find out what their spiritual gift is and use it together with others in the Body of Christ.

Games, Spiritual Gifts
Premium Vote with Your Feet

This opening lesson activity helps to illustrate that while we have many things that make us different... there are some things we can all agree on.  

Fun Lesson Intro
Premium Is Your Kidmin in Survival or Creative Mode?

I love Minecraft. I play it with my son and other kids. It also teaches me things about children's ministry.

Leadership
Premium No more Sinner's Prayer in Kidmin?

While we may have valid concerns to many of the practices associated with inviting children to receive Jesus into their hearts, Jesus' imperative to bring kids to him must be a priority for children's ministry.

Evangelism, Spiritual Formation
Premium How to be an AWESOME Small Group Leader

Many churches today use a Large Group / Small Group format. For small group leaders, here are FIVE TIPS to make your time as effective as possible.

Small Group Training
Premium BIBLE-O-RAMA Bible Game Day

For a 5th Sunday after a series on the Bible, we did a Bible-O-Rama day with several fun games to help kids review the Books of the Bible.

Fun Bible Games w/ Needed Materials
Premium Follow Up Letters for Kids

A bunch of kids accept Christ on Sunday - how do you follow up with them? In this post Karl shares the letters he sends out to both kids and parents. You are welcome to edit and adapt.

Follow Up
Premium Teaching Faithfulness in the Little Things

Webster's Dictionary defines memorizing as "committing (something) to memory," or "learning (something) by heart." Use this simple game to introduce a time of Scripture memory or show children the importance of memorizing Scripture.

Object Lesson
Premium Who's Missing?

Webster's Dictionary defines memorizing as "committing (something) to memory," or "learning (something)by heart." Use this simple game to introduce a time of Scripture memory or show children the importance of memorizing Scripture.

Scripture memory
Premium The Gifts of the Puzzle

Kids will learn how spiritual gifts by themselves are incomplete and missing something. They are designed to  fit together within the church and the Kingdom of God around the world.

Spiritual gifts, The church
Premium Bible Formulas

A fun way to spark interest in the Bible or review Bible books.

Bible books, Games, Science VBS
Premium Playing on God's Team Unit Overview

This is an overview of the GOD'S TEAM series with links to all the lessons.  

Spiritual Disciplines
Basic Thanksgiving Jokes

Some Thanksgiving themed jokes to help with your teaching, skits or puppet routines.

Thanksgiving Jokes
Premium Karl's Thanksgiving Lesson

A complete summary of Karl's lastest Thanksgiving lesson with a bonus PowerPoint game.  

Thanksgiving - Gratitude
Premium Bible Story Mad Lib Idea

This is a super fun idea to teach on how amazing the Bible is by using a very fun introduction of creating a "mad libs" Bible story. It is funny, but has a teaching point on how God's Word came to be and what it means to be "inspired" by God.

The Good Samaritan / Inspiration of Scripture
Basic My Awesome Adventure: Lesson 1

This is a sample lesson from the Awesome Adventure Children's Discipleship Series. If you have 3D glasses, you can view the awesome background! This lesson introduces children to the character of God and the trinity.

How to Know What God is Like
Premium Dealing with Personal Criticism

Originally published in Children's Ministry Magazine Professional Edition, Karl Bastian shares insights on how to deal with criticism in leadership.  

Critism in Leadership
Premium Foretold Easter Single Lesson

Easter lesson by Karl Bastian & Stanley Mearse exploring the fulfilled prophesies that prove Jesus IS the Messiah.

Easter
Premium Gospel Rubix Cube

A Rubix Cube that explains the Gospel message!  

Gospel
Premium YOU are a Bible Character

Did you know that YOU are a "Bible Character?"

Encouragement
Basic Scope and Seekwhat?

Educators have long called it a Scope and Sequence. Every thoughtful Bible curriculum has one. If it doesn’t, you might want to re-evaluate the quality of the material or the intentionality of its creators. If there is no scope and sequence, then it is a haphazard approach to education, and that is dangerous.

Curricululm Writing
Premium Beyond the Classroom

If you minister to kids you have a powerful opportunity to impact lives in dramatic ways, and the small amount of effort it takes may surprise you.

Relational Ministry
Premium Resolute in the New Year

I think because New Year’s Resolutions often don’t last or are forgotten after several months, some people give up even making them. Others even encourage people not to for this very reason. I disagree. I think they are fantastic!

New Year's Resolutions
Premium Galactic Christmas Carol Downloads

Download Karl's Galactic Christmas Carol Muppet Parody, available only to Premium Members.

Christmas ToyBox Tale Downloads
Premium Operation: Thanks Thanksgiving Single Lesson

A Thanksgiving lesson by Karl Bastian & Tom Bump that challenges kids to show thanks in creative ways. 

Thanksgiving
Premium Teaching Responsibility

A fun and interactive way to teach on the parable of the talents. This was originally taught in a school chapel on responsibility.  

Responsibility & Talents
Premium Prophesy Weather Wheel

This is an activity that illustrates in a fun way the difference between a prediction and a prophesy.  

Prophesy vs. Predictions
Premium A Revolutionary Ministry Strategy

A document once thought lost forever in the archives of the Kidologist’s vast children’s ministry vault of hand written resources from before the dawn of the computer has recently been uncovered. Could it reveal a ministry strategy that will revolutionize your ministry today?

Ministry Strategy
Premium Draw the Church

Can you draw the church?

Creative Idea, Object Lesson
Premium God's Team Unit Overview

This unit is an overview of the Spiritual Disciplines that uses a baseball "team" theme. Features the popular "NoDuh the Wise One" videos by Karl Bastian.

Spiritual Disciplines
Premium Listen to the Holy Spirit Game

A fun game that illustrates the need to focus to listen to the Holy Spirit over other "voices" in our lives.

Holy Spirit
Premium Ticket to Heaven Game

A game by Karl Bastian that visually illustrates the eternal impact of sharing your faith. Includes a complete video of the game in action!  

The Gospel
Premium Be Different - Be An Alien!

A preteen lesson from Karl Bastian featuring David and Goliath and what it means to be an alien in this world! Small Group hand out included.

The Power of the Gospel
Premium Thankful for Kidology Customers

Karl says "Thanks" while giving a rare glimpse at the history of Kidology.org

History of Kidology
Premium Ultimate Paper, Rock, Scissors

Everyone knows Paper, Rock, Scissors - this large group version is a LOT of fun and teaches teamwork, encouragement and the power of prayer!

Fun Game / Power of Prayer
Premium Pinterest Get to Know You Game

This is a "Get to Know You" game based on the popular website Pinterest.com. It helps a large group of kids or teens quickly find people with common interests.  

Ice Breaker Game w/ Pinterest
Premium Get to Know ME Form

An easy form for getting to know your Middle Schoolers.

Getting to Know Preteen
Premium Tips for Teaching Preteens (Middle Schoolers)

Karl Bastian provides some practical tips on engaging and keeping the interest of middle schoolers when teaching. (Bonus: Comes with a sample middle school lesson.)

Teaching Preteens
Premium Volunteer Evaluation Worksheet

An evaluation worksheet that can be used to help gain feedback as well as help volunteers evaluate their performance.

Volunteer Evaluation
Premium You Don't Have a Recruiting Problem

I hear it often... "I'm having trouble recruiting." May I be so bold as to suggest your problem isn't recruiting. If you focus on something far more important than recruiting, you'll have all the volunteers you'll ever need. You may even have extras! Read on for the secret to building the largest team in the church!

Recruiting, Volunteers
Premium A Philosophy of Children's Ministry

Karl presents his Biblical Philosophy of Children's Ministry, why you should have one, and a Word doc version so you can modify it for your own ministry use.

Philosophy of Ministry
Premium What Happened to the Bible?

A tragedy is happening! The Bible is a rare object in most children's ministries today. What are the steps for action that we need to take?

Using Bibles in Children's Ministry
Premium Don't Blink!

We do not need to be afraid, because Jesus is our helper in times of need. Use this object lesson to communicate this important truth to children!  

Jesus, Fear
Premium Broken Toaster

Using a toaster to demonstrate to children that Christians do not need to be afraid of death!

There Is No Need To Fear Death
Premium The Water Race

Exciting relay that gets all the kids involved as they work as a team to pass the water.

water, relay
Basic Speak! Your Audience Listens!

Originally published in Groups CM Mag Professional Edition, Karl challenges your thinking about church communication from "How can I better get information out?" to "Why aren't they listening?"

Church Communication
Premium Impact of Reading!

Help kids understand how much what we read can shape us through this object lesson.

Reading, Bible, God's Word
Premium Hot Teddy

Here is a simple and fun game you can do at almost any time in your ministry.

Teddy, Fun
Premium The One Thing: Karl Bastian

Karl answers Greg Baird on what is the ONE THING that is most important aside from his walk with God.

Leadership


  

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