One of my favorite things about the Children’s Pastors Conference is the Resource Center. CPC remains the ONLY kidmin conference that provides a level playing field for all resource providers and publishers. While publisher created conferences can be fantastic, I love CPC because there is no agenda other than equipping and encouraging. Enjoy the other conferences, but be sure to come to CPC where you can learn about all that is NEW and exciting in Kidmin. I especially enjoy meeting small ministries/companies that are just starting out and love helping them get the word out about what God has laid on their heart to create and share, often out of their own family or church ministry success. That is what gave birth to Kidology.org – sharing what I’ve learned – so I celebrate a place where I can meet others with that same passion.
Brandon, Barney and I ready to Equip & Encourage!
We enjoyed exhibiting – but we love to share what others are doing as well! Kidology exists to help YOU FIND what you are looking for, even if it’s not on Kidology.org – that’s our Mission!
Here is a collection of videos I did with my iPhone on a pole so you could meet these great folks and learn about what they are doing to HELP YOU in your children’s ministry.
Watch each one, they are short!
Egglo (for Easter!):
Awesome Video Stuff:
Sparkie Summer Program (no Awana club needed!):
Teaching Kids How to Pray:
I hope you will support these ministries by checking out what they are doing and if you can use what they offer, encourage them with a purchase! It is the best way to keep people innovating for children’s ministry!
My favorite Christmas movie is A Christmas Carol. by Charles Dickens. But not just any telling of it. It has to be the The Muppet’s version. (1992)
It is truly the best version ever made. If you have not seen it, you must. Even if you aren’t in kid’s ministry and yes, even if you typically don’t like puppets. It is as touching as it is funny. And Gonzo and Rizzo the Rat, as narrators make the movie. They are simply hysterical. Micheal Caine does a great job as the Scrooge as well. Of course, Kermit and the Gang all do great filling in the rest of the cast.
So, in 2004, I created my own parody of the movie in ToyBox Tales fashion. If you are not familiar with ToyBox Tales – for several years I performed stories with action figures on a set in front of a live audience of kids at my church as a way to introduce lessons or re-introduce familiar stories in a new and fun way. (From 2001-2005) Long before the phrase “going viral” existed, the videos I made “went viral” and as people found them on my church website and I was forced to start a website called toyboxtales.com to share them. YouTube.com did not exist at the time! So they were converted to flash and hosted on my own site. They are there still!
But as a Christmas gift this year, I decided to take my favorite Christmas movie and upload them to my YouTube channel and share them here on my blog for your enjoyment.
Through these FREE streaming online videos every Premium Member of Kidology can learn what I’ve learned in my twenty plus years of being a leader and children’s pastor.
Then, to add to the learning experience, each training session has an optional add-on download kit that provides a RICH 30+ page PDF that goes even deeper into the material, has bonus material, a downloadable version of the video so you can go mobile with it or full screen and even gives you a PowerPoint so you can then, in turn, train YOUR leaders!
When you are done and compile all FIVE PDFs the sum result is the Kidology Handbook Leader’s Edition, your companion to the highly popular Kidology Handbook Teacher’s Edition.
But remember – while the download kits have a modest fee, the VIDEOS ARE FREE TO VIEW as a part of the Member Benefits!
There are FIVE Leadership Labs:
#1 First Things First – The foundational Leadership Lab that looks at why the most important aspects of ministry have nothing to do with ministry. Put first things first and you will not just survive in children’s ministry, you will thrive.
#2 Visionary Leadership – What does it mean to have vision? How can a clear vision for ministry increase your effectiveness? How do you get your volunteer team working together toward a God-focused vision?
#3 Kid-Focused Ministry Foundations – Let’s take a serious look at the foundation of your children’s ministry. At a time when creating a “fun ministry” has almost become the ultimate pursuit, its time to analyze where your focus should be.
#4 Partnering with Parents – If the very thought of ‘family ministry’ and ‘partnering with parents’ stirs up feelings of failure and discouragement, maybe it’s time to change the way you think about ministering to kids and parents!
#5 Define, Refine and Shine – Are you exhausted? Stress robbing you of the joy of service? Let’s learn how to evaluate your children’s ministry, while also looking at keeping your life organized.
So stop wondering where you can get quality insightful leadership training. If you are one of the thousands of Kidology.org members… you already HAVE access to leadership training!
All you need to do is take the time to watch AND LEARN! My life’s Mission and heart’s Passion is to Equip and Encourage Those Who Minister to children.
Please take advantage of these Leadership Labs. I can’t tell you what a difference they will make in your ministry. And if you are one of our scholarship ministries and need this training, let us know. We will make this material available to you at no cost. We trust your integrity when you ask.
Just wanted to make my blog readers aware that I’ve written a 4 week “Back to School” children’s church series that I’m giving away for free!
This is a 4 Week BACK TO SCHOOL Series by Karl Bastian that is FREE for Kidology.org Premium Members!
Overview of Lessons:
LESSON ONE:MAKING THE GRADE (Becoming Friends with Jesus)
LESSON TWO:BETTER THAN BRAINS (Growing in Wisdom)
LESSON THREE:YOUR BEST FOR GOD (Growing in Stature)
LESSON FOUR:TWO THUMBS UP! (Growing in Favor with God and Man)
The purpose of this unit is to help get kids excited about school in the fall and to see it in a new light. Instead of just somewhere they have to go to learn, they will be challenged to see school as a place they can shine for Jesus by being more like Him. They will be encouraged to do their best understanding that God has a plan for each of us, and preparing for that plan is very important. They will also be reminded not to compare themselves to others, but to see that God made them special and unique and no one else can be or do what they are meant to accomplish in this life. The secret is to be like Jesus, who at a young age the Bible says, “grew in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and man.” (Luke 2:52, the theme verse for this unit.)
This unit includes a Bible lesson rich in scripture, games, small group ideas, object lessons, skits, puppet routines, and even a practical “home play” assignment. (Since kids don’t want more homework!)
Here is an overview of the lesson components you will find in Is It Recess Yet? (Back to School with Jesus!)
LESSON INTRO - Each lesson will begin with an overview to help the teacher grasp the “Big Idea” of the lesson and have a clear idea of what they are trying to accomplish through this lesson.
GET TO KNOW ME PACK: Pass out the GET TO KNOW ME PACK PDF. This is a tool to help you get to know your kids. Encourage them each week to take this home and color and decorate and fill it out and bring it back. Give a candy or prize for kids who bring these back. Consider covering a wall with them. What YOU should do is scan or copy them and put them in a 3-Ring binder and use them to pray for your kids throughout the year to pray for them and get to know them. Consider using them as a tool for visitation and ministry contact. (Contact info is not included, it is assumed you have this separately in a data base.)
WORSHIP TIME - Some songs from Go Fish’s “Old Skool” CD will be recommended for each lesson. You can order this CD via download or disc at Kidology.org/GoFishOldSkool
PUPPET WELCOME - A fun puppet welcome and lesson introduction is provided an optional fun way to introduce each lesson.
RECESS TIME - An easy and fun game with a lesson application.
MEMORY VERSE -There is one verse for the entire unit to help make sure the children really learn it. And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man. Luke 2:52
LESSON TIME - This is the main lesson loaded with scripture and creative ideas.
SKIT TIME - A description of a drama you can do to help reinforce the lesson.
SMALL GROUP TIME - A fun deck of backpack cards is provided for a new game each week as well as some discussion questions for small group leaders to use. (A Printable Small Group Guide PDF is included for each week.)
HOME PLAY CHALLENGE - An easy and practical lesson application to challenge the kids to do during the week in order to apply what they have learned. It is called “Home Play” because the last we want to do is give more “home work!”
50+ IMAGE CLIP ART COLLECTION - Includes over 50 Back to School Clip Art Images to use in Power Point, bulletin board or promotional purposes. Also included is the original backpack art used in the small group game and the ‘Get to Know You” poster so that you can modify the game or the get to know you tool if you would like.
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Romans 12:11 Never be lacking in ZEAL, but keep your SPIRITUAL FERVOR, serving the Lord.
I used the letters of the word Z.E.A.L. to offer four ways to rediscover ZEAL:
Z = Zero in on What Matters Most (get away from the distractions that pull you away from what drew you into ministry in the first place)
E = Encourage Others (get the focus off yourself)
A = Abandon Busyness (get away from ministry periodically)
L = Love Jesus (get back to relationship over service)
As I mentioned on the show…why do I have my son help wash my car? Is it because he is actually helpful? Do I need his help? No. In truth, I can wash the car faster and better without him. He actually hinders the task a bit.
I let him help because he wants to be a part of what his dad is doing. We wash the car together out of a loving relationship, not out of my need for his assistance.
Our service to God is exactly the same.
God doesn’t need our help. In fact, truth be told, our efforts probably hinder and hurt God’s efforts. However, He allows us to work with Him because He loves us and understands that we want to work with our Dad. Get this: We serve God out of a loving relationship, not because of God’s need for our assistance.
It makes you wonder why we work so hard…and often without God. It would be kinda like my son trying to wash the car without me. Pretty pointless, don’t ya think?