Happy 20th Birthday Kidology!
It’s incredible to even think about,
The Internet gave birth to a site dedicated to
EQUIPPING and ENCOURAGING
Those Who Minister to Children
It’s been an incredible 20 years, and while the Internet has exploded with new helps for those who minister to children, Kidology.org has remained the leader in content and services for those who minister to kids.
Back in 1994 when very few people knew what the “Internet” was, I got an idea for a website, The KidologyWeb:
OR when you clicked into it and saw crude pages like this:
Only hundreds were lucky enough to BE on the Internet surfin’ kidmin back then! (And only a few bought the “Life Time Membership” I offered back then when I needed to raise some money to buy some much needed Microsoft FrontPage software…and yes, they are still members!)
More remember the next version of the site: Kidology 2.0 (which I called it long before “2.0” was hip)
It had the infamous “frames” that if you navigated just right, would give you frames within frames within frames, which could be kinda fun…
If you were a member then, prove it by putting in the comments the “Secret” entrance you clicked on to enter the Member Area before I had usernames and passwords… it was kinda funny!
Then, due to a huge answer to prayer and a grant I was able to hire a real web developer who built me my first real website, with a database driven backstage, and got set up with credit card processing and memberships with usernames and passwords.
Kidology.org finally had a website platform we could really build on. Our rapid growth soon meant transitioning to a more robust platform and even another complete redesign and before we knew it, it was time for yet another complete redesign and platform change… as we went from hundreds to thousands of members and became the leading destination for children’s ministry content on the Internet.
We incorporated as a non-profit ministry in 2000 and by 2006 I had gone full time. That paints a much smoother picture in one sentence than the story is – but anyone who has lived life or founded a ministry knows, no road is smooth, but God is faithful when we continually seek him through the ups and downs on the journey.
Our websites have changed… our logos have changed… staff have come and gone…
One thing has remained the same… OUR MISSION: To Equip and Encourage Those Who Minister to Children.
Children workers come by the hundreds, indeed by the thousands, every day… looking for ideas, for resources, for encouragement, for training, for jobs, for connections, for friendship, for a wide variety of things… things that can’t all be found anywhere else all in one place… and even when they can be found somewhere else, they know they can find it there, by starting here! Because like Miracle on 34th Street… we will direct you to where you need to go.
I remember when 1,000 members was the entire ministry of Kidology! (And when we thought we’d never hit that number.)
It is humbling and amazing and such a blessing that this is my employment now. That I have the privilege to get up each day and serve you.
I am thankful for getting to work at home near my family, to get to travel to minister to children, and to get to meet some of my customers when I am out and about serving.
MY LIFE MISSION hasn’t changed since I was nineteen when God gave it to me: To reach and teach as many children as possible with the Good News of God’s Love, and in the process to Enlist, Equip and Encourage others to do the same.
THANK YOU for allowing me to use my God-given talents to bless you and serve you. I stink at a lot of things, but that I get to do what I love, is because of my customers.
There is a saying:
LOVE WHAT YOU DO WHAT YOU LOVE.
My customers make that possible. I am thankful for them today.
If you would like to give a Birthday Gift to Kidology.org, it will go toward enhancements to our website for 2015!
To celebrate – we are praying for 500 DONORS who will give a $20 donation to celebrate 20 years and help us with some website enhancements for the next 20 years.
Donors will receive:
- A FREE copy of Karl’s forthcoming ebook: Live to Give – The Story of Kidology
- A tax-deductible receipt for your 2015 taxes.
- Your name on the Giant Birthday Card for our Office to be remembered forever!
PLUS – we will be randomly selecting winners from our donors to receive special prizes!
Want to express your thanks? You could be quoted in Karl’s new book. Simply share in this forum thread how Kidology has impacted your life and ministry.
Say “THANK YOU” to Kidology today, with your $20 Donation