Join Me at the Kidmin Conference

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Join Karl at Kidmin Conference this fall! Save $100 – If you register by May 1st! I’m excited to be presenting at Group’s Kidmin Conference in Chicago this fall. I’ll be teaching workshops on Unleasing Your God-Given Creativity, Adding Pizzazz  to Your Teaching, and Becoming KIDmissional. These are extended hands-on learning experiences that will transform your teaching and give you practical ministry tools you can go home and immediately implement! Learn more and save $100 by registering before May 1st. To see my workshop descriptions, visit the Presenters page and click View Sessions under his name. I hope to see you there! Because Jesus Loves Children, Karl Bastian

10 Things You Should Never Do

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Just some friendly advice: Do not put off backing up your computer. Do not wear white socks with black shoes. Do not send an angry e-mail. Do not buy underwear at a thrift store. Do not donate underwear to a thrift store. Do not post “following” on a Facebook thread. Just select to be notified. Do not drive slow in the fast lane. Do not drive fast in the slow lane. Do not cut your own hair. Do not allow volunteers to serve in your children’s ministry without a background check! Need help with that? Visit Protect My Ministry. They exist to help you ensure the children entrusted to you are being served by qualified adults. Kidology Members get a discount on background checks as well. Learn more at Kidology.org/protectmyministry Add a comment with something YOU think you should never do!

Impress Your Boss by Planning

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You do a lot of planning in children’s ministry – likely more than any other ministry leader, except perhaps the senior or executive pastor. Perhaps you have lamented, “No one knows all that goes into kids ministry.” Part of the problem may be that you don’t communicate it. Not in a complaining, poor me way – but in strategically making known what your goals, objectives, and current and upcoming projects are. As a children’s pastor, I always made sure my boss knew clearly what I was working on, what was completed, and what was next. Many times I was told by a senior pastor or executive pastor that I provided more helpful info than any other staff member. Some even said, “I really have no idea what (another staff member) is up to.” I made sure that was never me. I’d rather over-communicate than allow my ministry to be a mystery. I was prompted to write this post today while helping a friend who is becoming a new children’s director and starting his first ministry. I offered to share one of my planning documents with him and thought you may enjoy seeing it too. NOTE: The PDF linked below is UN-EDITED from …

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Super Bible Bowl is Back and UPDATED!

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There are nearly 24,000 Zone Posts on Kidology.org with ideas, lessons, crafts, games and more. One of the most popular for years has been my Super Bible Bowl. It is actually the 282nd Zone Post – so that tells you how far back it goes! (It was first published in 2003, but created long before that.) As I was reviewing it recently I realized it was still made up of OVERHEAD PROJECTOR slides since I created it so long ago. Who uses those anymore? So all the graphics were portrait instead of the landscape format we use today. It was time to update! I updated the images, the lesson, tweaked the rules, and even included all the Bible trivia questions you need so you don’t have to collect those to play. It includes: Illustrated lesson on sharing the Good News of Jesus, using the game of football as an object lesson. All needed graphics for a giant football playing board. Posters with the rules for easy reference. PowerPoint to go along with the lesson. Complete rules to the Kidologist’s fun, interactive game of Bible Football. A collection of PDF files to download and print for both the lesson and the …

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Creative Video Bible Story Telling

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We’ve all seen and perhaps used videos in children’s church. But did you know you can make your own? Here is a GREAT sample from a church where I’ll be doing some teaching training in the new year (via skype). I think it is a great example of how you can make a video that requires NO MEMORIZED LINES! Kids LOVE to see themselves on video – as well their friends. Plus, the experience of making the video also reinforces the learning process. Here is how the creator of the video described it: This was a project that was Jesus-inspired.  I have NO videography, director, script writing, etc. experience, but after a test run with my kids I thought this could be doable.  It’s shot on my iPhone 6 and as you know, edited on iMovie. The beauty of this project is a) no memorized lines; b) the film shoot can be chaotic and I’m giving directions the whole time, but it’s all muted and voiced over; c) isn’t dependent on kids all showing up on a given Sunday to perform and half of them are out for colds or vacation; d) gives parents something to take home and share; …

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