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Parental Involvement
Basic Are Our Expectations of Children Appropriate for their Maturity Level?

In this essay I question whether we typically have appropriate age-level expectations for children whom we influence in the church.

Basic Bible Character Museum

Bible Character Museum is a simple way to bring Bible characters to life, using either adult/teen volunteers, or older children. This can be used for just about any context, so read on!

Live Action Theater
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Ideas for communication with leaders and volunteers

Basic Compassionate Discernment

Compassionate discernment helps us to understand when to allow flexibility in certain rules or customary ways of doing things in the ministry. This essay gives one such example.

Classroom Rules
Basic Doing Theology With Children: Grace

What follows is a conversation between me and a group of children in January, 2008. This is one way that I engage them in theological topics. In this example, we discuss grace. This article originally appeared on my personal blog at glenwoods.wordpress.com.

Discussing grace with children
Basic Formational Children’s Ministry

A review of Ivy Beckwith's book, Formational Children's Ministry. My review is generally favorable, although I do challenge some of the assumptions set forth by the author.

Book Review
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6 great communication tatics that will help get your message to every parent

Communication, Email, Parents,
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Don't wait until you're asked to show your pastor your ministry plan!

Planning, Administration
Basic Moments in Worship

What is worship? How do we worship on Sunday mornings? Should we show outward expressions to what we feel?

Basic Offering the Gospel to Children

This review is considers the work of an Anglican writer, mining insights which might be helpful in other theological contexts, particularly in the evangelical setting.

Book Review
Basic Out of the Basement: A Holistic Approach to Children’s Ministry

A book review of Out of the Basement: A Holistic Approach to Children’s Ministry by Diane C. Olson.

Book Review
Basic Overcoming Spiritual Apathy in Parents at Home

Last year I began a new initiative in my church which developed into a form of parent coaching. It is very loosely based on Karl Bastian’s VIP strategy, which can be found in the Leadership Lab 4, Partnering with Parents. This post suggests one possible scenario which can lead a family toward participating in parent coaching. Although it is fictitious and the names are not meant to represent any real person, I believe it is a plausible situation. In future posts I will explore in more detail the possible opportunities of parent coaching, as well as potential pitfalls.

Parent Coaching
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An active duty law enforcement officer, SWAT operator, and former pastor gives advice on how to best protect the kids in your ministry.  

Child Safety,
Basic Simplicity: Fertile Soil for Trusting Relationships and Teachable Moments

An essay highlighting the value of simplicity and depth of relationship in producing teachable moments.

Classroom Teaching
Basic the danger of formulaic ministry solutions

This article warns about the dangers of relying more on a ministry formula for family ministry, than upon God's grace to change lives.

Family Ministry
Guest The Great KID Mission

The world of kids is constantly changing and so it takes constant effort to keep current. Learn how to minister from within the context of the culture... and see your results drastically improve!

Relational Ministry
Guest The Kidologist's Salvation Testimony

Learn how a Children's Pastor who calls himself "The Kidologist" came to Christ as a four year old, received his call to the ministry as an elementary age boy, and headed into children's ministry before founding Kidology.org.

Basic The Purpose of Music

Why do we need music? We use music to express our worship and love to God, our fears, dreams, hopes, and even our testimony to others.

Guest Using the Wordless Book to Share the Gospel

The WORDLESS BOOK is one of the most effective ways to present the Gospel to children! WORDLESS BOOKS can be purchased, but are very simple to make yourself.

Basic Why Won’t We Let Boys Be Boys?

An case for allowing boys to be boys in a Christ-honoring way, rather than a shadow of what God intended for them to be.

Basic Will Our Children Have Faith?

In his seminal book “Will Our Children Have Faith” John H. Westerhoff, III grapples with the state of Christian Education. Originally published in 1976 by Seabury Press and later revised, expanded and republished in 2000 by Morehouse Publishing, Westerhoff’s discourse deserves wider consideration from church leaders, children’s ministry leaders and educational thinkers beyond the scope of mainline denominations. While many evangelicals would quibble with some of his theological assumptions–he is Anglican, having been originally Church of Christ–they would be wise to listen to the heart of a man who has walked out the struggle of shifting educational tides, especially in the church context. He is a distinguished scholar to be sure. But more importantly he is a thoughtful practitioner of ministry.

Book Review
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Here is a great game for Valentine's Day to demonstrate how God's love never runs out!

Valentine's Day Game
Premium On the Passing of Steve Jobs

Karl Bastian, founder of Kidology.org, reflects on the passing of Apple founder and CEO, Steve Jobs, October 2011.

Leadership Tribute
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Download the Premier issue of GRAND MAGIC MAGAZINE! The monthly magic magazine from Duane Laflin. It's name reflects the purpose of promoting magic as a positive and uplifting entertainment experience.

Gospel Magic Magazine
Guest The Enemy's Victory: Darkened Homes and Harvest Parties

The biggest trick played on Halloween is Christian kids and adults being bottled up inside churches or homes all night.

Halloween Hiding?
Guest The Kidologist's Top Ten in CM

What the Kidologist, Karl Bastian, suggests as the "Top Ten" books, websites, and events for children's ministry leaders.

Top Books, Websites and Events in CM
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This fun children's activity sheet will give children the chance to tell Dad what they really think of him!

Father's Day
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How to launch a Children's Ministry in a church with little or no children.

Small Church Ministry
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it breaks my heart ot hear so many of my peers wrestling with whether or not they can or even should take a Sabbath.

Sabbath for Pastors
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Everyone needs a good laugh! It’s time for you to have a few of them. Take a look at this report and see how no one would be truly ready to serve God in ministry, except for God’s grace.

A Laugh for the Kidmin Leader
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Being the leader of the children's ministry team in your church is an important calling. Children's ministry is now considered one of the major reasons why people choose a church. Take a moment to consider these "words of wisdom."

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The Calling I am a minister. I minister to the largest mission field in the world. I minister to children. My calling is sure. My challenge is big. My vision is clear. My desire is strong. My influence is eternal....

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A great story about a great Children's Pastor.

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Kids are not the church of tomorrow, they are the church of today as demonstrated by these examples in the Bible!

Children's Ministry
Basic The ORIGINAL Wordless Book

The ORIGINAL "wordless book" by Spurgeon: "I DARESAY you have most of you heard of a little book which an old divine used constantly to study, and when his friends wondered what there was in the book, he told them that he hoped they would all know and understand it, but that there was not single word in it. When they looked at it, they found that it consisted of only three leaves; the first was black, the second was red, and the third was pure white...

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Defining what Children's Ministry is and what it does.

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What are the qualities that make a great leader?

Leadership Volunteers
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In the busyness of life and ministry, don't forget your Primary Objectives, because one thing is for sure: your Enemy won't.

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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
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A look at our Basic Needs, the Fundamental Question behind them, and the Fear that drives them.

Spiritual Growth
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A FRESH ANSWER TO THE ISSUE OF GIVING CANDY AND PRIZES TO KIDS AT CHURCH. Do I give candy and prizes to the kids in my ministry? Most certainly, YES! Am I bribing them? Certainly not! For the sake of children everywhere, allow me to present a defense for this practice, before you take the kids’ candy away! Someone needs to stand up and protect the little plastic toys from extinction!

Prize Incentives
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This is a fun event your church can host in the summer.

Water Sports, Summer
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How can a volunteer truly H.E.L.P. their leader?

Training Volunteers
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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
Guest Children's Pastor's Language Guide

It has come to our attention that Children’s Pastors see the world a little differently than most others. This handy reference guide will help bridge the language gap that so often divides them from the rest of society. We recommend this guide be kept for ready reference at all staff and board meetings so as to help understand your children’s pastor and his/her perspective.

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This was a seminary research project on the subject using essays written by grade school children on the topic: "Who is God, and what is He like?"

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Every children's ministry needs a gifted leader who is able lead by coaching. He or she is able to call the plays that mobilize a team or class full of children to meet a goal.

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Great articles on slowing down and taking time to focus on your own soul.

Image Management, Quiet Time, Leadership
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Time and money that you spend creating an exciting environment will pay for itself many times over. The kids will respond by offering their attention while adults will respond by placing their children in your care. Beige walls, an overhead projector, and rows of metal chairs will not work the same magic. Here are some suggestions.



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