I Was a Kid with Special Needs

When I meet a second grader, I always joke, “I spent two of the happiest years of my life in the second grade.” While most chuckle at the joke – I did repeat second grade, but they weren’t the happiest years of my life. I was a child with a special need that wasn’t discovered until second grade. Being deaf in one ear, I was often scolded for not listening, not paying attention and even cheating when I was looking at a friend’s paper to see what we were supposed to do. Once my handicap was discovered, life improved dramatically! I was moved to the front of the class and I repeated second grade to catch up academically and to focus on my communication skills. Once my needs were addressed, I went from feeling unloved and picked on to accepted and cared for. The difference in my self-esteem was profound. You have children with special needs in your midst. Some are obvious. But there are many that have hidden or undiscovered needs. Parents may be unaware or unwilling to address special needs. So how can you make sure that every child in your ministry feels welcome, loved and understood? Create…

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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 a MOMstacle Course, please post pictures or video in our Facebook Group! I’d love to see them! Because Jesus Loves MOMS, Pastor Karl Bastian aka The Kidologist

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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 is spiritual warfare. Yes, we strive to make church fun – because we want kids to learn in an age-appropriate environment and enjoy learning about God and His Word. We want church to be a Christ-centered oasis in a world that has not only rejected Christ, but is out to eliminate His influence on our children. Here is the hard reality: We get only an hour or two a week at church to combat the barrage of ungodly messages kids are being exposed to every week. That’s why we need VIPs – Very Intentional Parents – whose eyes are wide…

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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 am. Kidology truly isn’t about me. It is the incredibly humble, loyal and dedicated friends who have made Kidology.org what it is for over two decades. It is the friends who care nothing for the spotlight, who have no aspiration to be on stage and need no public recognition because they serve the Body of Christ through Kidology.org behind the scenes with no thought for ‘what’s in it for me.” They genuinely enjoy the applause I received knowing that they share with me the joy of why we do what we do. While some are on my staff, there are…

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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 learning to lead for life now! I hope you’ll register and join us! P.S. You can learn more about 456 on their website.

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