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Meeting a Miracle

Meeting a Miracle
Last year at Yosemite Summit, I lost my journal. On the very last day as we were doing a final group photo I had set it down on the ground while working with the camera on a tripod. Then a nice stranger offered to take the picture for us, so I ran to get in the picture. Afterward, he walked toward us to return the camera and I forgot I had set down on my journal. I have written in this journal for the past 10 years on every visit to Yosemite, so you can imagine there is a lot...

The MOMstacle Course! Could You Handle a Mom’s Day?

The MOMstacle Course! Could You Handle a Mom’s Day?
Last year from Mother’s Day I wanted to help the kids at my church relate to what a typical day is like for their mom, but in a fun way. So I created The MOMstacle Course! It was a race featuring the type of things Moms have to do on a regular basis. It included putting Band-aids on boo-boo’s, walking on Legos, matching socks and more – and ended with sitting down to enjoy some tea. Here is the Highlight Video from the 2nd Annual MOMstacle Course this Sunday! Here is the ORIGINAL that includes more explanation: If you do...

Are You a VIP? Very Intentional Parent?

Are You a VIP? Very Intentional Parent?
This is a recruiting e-mail I wrote for the parents of my church. I made it more generic for posting here – obviously it had more specific info about our ministry needs, but posting here for others to use/edit/modify. If used, credit can simply be Karl Bastian/Kidology.org Are You a V.I.P.? Children’s Ministry is serious business. Don’t let the fun and games you see at church fool you – we are doing a serious job. It’s no secret our culture is attacking our kids. Sin is being normalized – even celebrated while morality is mocked. Let me be blunt. This...

CPC Honors Me but the REAL Honor Goes to…..

CPC Honors Me but the REAL Honor Goes to…..
I was honored to be interviewed at #CPC18 during one of the general sessions last week. While this was an amazing honor, the bigger honor was the friends cheering me on from the front row. While I was being interviewed about what I’ve learned from 50 consecutive CPCs – from my Big Mistake at my first CPC to sharing some advice for the newbies – the greatest honor was not being on stage, it was seeing the joy my team and friends got seeing me up there. They knew, as I do, that they are Kidology as much as I...

Join Me Online for the Coolest Preteen Onference!

Join Me Online for the Coolest Preteen Onference!
I’m excited to be a part of the FourFiveSix.org Online Conference in just a few weeks! Or, as 456 calls it, the Onference! (Get it? Online Conference = Onference!) The line up is amazing! Several of my friends will be presenting: Heather Dunn, Patrick Snow, Ryan Frank, Johnny Rogers, Gregg Johnson, Yancy, Gordon West, Chip Henderson and more! If you work with preteens, this is THE training event for you! My workshop is called: Mutiny! The Preteens Have Taken Over Kids Church! It’s all about how to have preteens plan, prepare and pull off children’s church – so they are...

¡Hola! Read My Article in entre niños (in English)

¡Hola! Read My Article in entre niños (in English)
For years I was asked where folks could get help for ministries to Spanish speaking ministries. While my Kidology Handbook is available for FREE on Kidology.org, I’ve always wished we could do more. I am delighted to be a part of a Spanish magazine called entre niños. It is loaded with wonderful content in both English and Spanish. Best of all, the magazine is FREE. Below you can learn how to access the free magazines, but let me share with you the article I had in the most recent issue. Enjoy: (Click to Read Full Size in a new window)...