Angry Kids and Crime

Responding to the School Shooting Near My Home This past week just a few miles from my home yet another troubled teenager entered his school, armed with weapons and explosives, fired on fellow students, before turning the gun on himself as the police closed in. While the rapid response of law enforcement minimized the potential harm to students, a young classmate now lies in a coma fighting for her life. While her parents and our nation pray for her recovery, there is another set of parents who have lost a son – and a nation asking once again, “Why?” While the radio waves are filled with the predictable arguments over gun control laws – some have brought up the broken home this young man came from and the fact that nearly all school shootings have been committed by children of divorce. While we certainly don’t know the complete reasons for this most recent attack, we do know divorce is an attack a child’s world. On Kidmin Talk this week I invited Wayne Stocks from DivorceMinistry4Kids.com to join me as we discuss what children’s ministers can and should be doing to better meet the needs of these kids to help them …

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You’re a V.I.P. to R.O.B.

That smilin’ guy to the right? He helped lead my son to Christ and he wasn’t even in the same state! How did he manage that? Well, it was his music. And in particular the song “I’m Follin’ Jesus.” (Free download below.) Here are the lyrics: “I’m Followin’ Jesus” (from the CD “GET OUT THERE!”) words and music by ©2005 Rob Biagi/BMI On the road of life There are two ways to go: You can choose Abundant Life, or say, “Whatever, dude – We’ll see how it goes…” Now I don’t know about you I just know about me And I know what to do If I wanna be free! I’m followin’ Jesus – Jesus I’m followin’ Jesus – Jesus Down the road we go – it’s really rather odd We can play it safe and slow – or fly through life with God! I don’t know about you And everyone’s goin’ that way I just wanna be free So I’m gonna walk by faith! I’m followin’ Jesus – Jesus I’m followin’ Jesus – Jesus! My son explains to me one day that he accepted Christ all by himself in bed. When I asked how and why, he said, “Well, it’s …

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If Only Adam and Eve Had Kidology

Over on the Kidology Facebook Page (Have you liked it? Hmmmm?) We posted a status letting folks know about a great article from our good friend Kathie Phillips. (Visit her blog: KidMinspiration.com) It’s a pretty normal sounding status about getting ready for the fall. Then Chris Gidens makes a comment that totally changes it. Read the status – read Chris’s comment, the RE-READ our status again. And get a good laugh! Thanks, Chris, for making my day! Too bad Adam and Eve didn’t have Kidology to prepare for the Fall! Want to Prepare for the Fall? Read Kathie’s Article Here: 10 Tips to Help You Prepare for the Fall Listen to the NEW Kidmin Talk: FALL IS HERE! What Should I Be Doing? Podcast #58

Recently Discovered Ancient Document Reveals Modern Kidmin Strategy

  Recently Discovered Ancient Document Reveals Modern Kidmin Strategy Could it be that a recently uncovered document once thought lost forever in the archives of the Kidologist’s vast children’s ministry vault of hand written resources from before the dawn of the computer could reveal a ministry strategy that could revolutionize your ministry today?     Archeologists have discovered a hand drawn ministry strategy document dating back to circa 1993 from when Karl Bastian, aka “The Kidologist,” was just a “Green Thumb” children’s pastor at the historic Moody Church in downtown Chicago. Yet this ministry strategy has been guiding his ministry for over twenty years. Once guarded as a valuable treasure and only shared with the most trusted colleagues, Karl has now revealed its secrets on his podcast. Will clues within this ancient drawing lead you to gold or a national treasure? Or will it simply make your ministry programing and event planning more strategic and purposeful? You be the judge. Listen to Kidmin Talk #53 today… and download the full resolution historical document for yourself. Discover the secret that will set your ministry planning on a whole new Quest!

Checking In with KidCheck

I recently caught up with KidCheck CEO Alex Smith and interviewed him on my podcast, Kidmin Talk. Let me encourage you to invest just a few minutes to give a listen. WHY is this worth your time? If you are in children’s ministry leadership, one of the areas of responsibility you inherited, that you may not have counted on when you got your Call to Ministry – was the safety of the kids you oversee. When I meet children’s pastors/directors and ask them, “So what was it that drew you into kids ministry?” No one has ever said to me, “You know, I just got this divine Calling from God to make sure kids were securely checked in on Sundays and all entered into the church database and that their addresses and parents cell phone numbers were all kept up to date so that we could sent text alerts. Oh, and I felt the Holy Spirit tell me that allergy awareness was just something that I was gifted at and I needed to find a profession where I could make it a major focus.” No. No one has ever said that to me. And yet I have had leaders tell …

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