Visiting Awana HQ for the Inside Scoop

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As a grown-up clubber, frequent blogger about Awana, and as the man who introduced Sport Stacking to Awana Game Time and a children’s pastor who has seen the impact of this ministry – I am always looking for opportunities to drop into the Awana HQ in Streamwood, Illinois. I’ve been hearing some exciting news coming out of Awana – and noticed their brand new website, so after speaking at camp for a week in Wisconsin, I headed down to Awana to sit down with Michael Scarbrough, who is the Director of Children’s Ministry at Awana to get the inside scoop on the relaunch of Awana going on right now! LISTEN TO THE PODCAST HERE! I also snagged me an official Awana sport coat (off a freebie table) so that I can sport it at the next Awana Conference. I think this coat gives back-stage access or at least snacks in the employee room. Forget GQ magazine, I think I could be on the cover of AHQ magazine! Got a great Awana story? Have questions about the club? Want to share some feedback for Awana leadership? Visit the podcast discussion forum and let’s talk Awana!  

No More “Tannerization” at Kidology

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After over ten years as the self-described “Swiss Army Knife” of Kidology, Steve Tanner has accepted a new challenge and will be moving on from our ministry. What is “Tannerization?” Whenever something has passed through Steve’s hands, we have long called it “Tannerized” to describe the quality control and excellence that Steve has brought to our team. While we are sad to see him go – we celebrate all that he has brought to this ministry, and are excited for what God has for him next. Steve will remain a friend of everyone at Kidology! What will the future hold for Kidology in a post-Steve era? Only God knows! But while we scramble a bit to re-organize and search for what’s next, interview potential new staff and make sure everything is up and running before he leaves… we are reflecting on how thankful we are for God bringing Steve to Kidology and what a great job he did! There was never a dull moment with Steve around – his knowledge of all things technical, Disney, Marvel, and just about everything else made working with him always interesting and entertaining. If you really want to know all he did, you might …

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We Are ALL Adopted! Single Kids Church Lesson

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I’m super excited to announce the release of a single lesson for children’s church called ADOPTED! As an adoptive dad myself – I know that kids who are adopted have a special need to know that they are loved and that their adoption is a part of God’s Plan for their life. I was thrilled as I studied Scripture to discover that not only were there many adopted Bible heroes in the Bible, but that their adoption played a key role in God’s Plan – not only for their life, but in His overall divine plan. But it doesn’t stop there – God uses adoption as a picture of salvation. Ephesians 1:5 says that: God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. We are all adopted into the Family of God through faith in Jesus Christ, who was partially adopted Himself, being welcomed into a family by his earthly dad, who loved him as his own. The lesson presents that the same reasons kids are adopted into families, for protection, provision and purpose – are the …

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Scientifically AMAZING VBS!

It takes a lot to amaze me – and I am honestly blown away by the Science VBS. Not only by the quality of this program, but by the guy behind it. I am one who believes in quality and going the extra mile. It is something I try to do in everything I do – so when I see it in others, I know I am dealing with someone who values children and the Gospel as highly as I do. So when I met Josh Denhart, I knew I had made a new friend and kindred spirit. If you want MORE than just a GREAT SUMMER PROGRAM for your kids, but one that is going to create LIFE-LONG MEMORIES, than you need to checkout Science VBS! It is why I asked if we could have a Kidology Member Discount and get this VBS program on our non-profit membership website so that our friends could get this high caliber Vacation Bile School at a significant discount! I’ve never seen a VBS that gives you so much! Incredible Videos Amazing Science Experiments Rich Scriptural Music All Downloadable Resources Biblical and Cool! ORDER ASAP!   Enjoy Josh doing an experiment with items …

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Get $200 in Kidmin Training!

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Champion: An ardent defender or supporter of a cause or team. A person who fights for or defends a person or cause. To support, defend, protect and maintain a cause. I Samuel 17:4,23 A champion is literally “the man between the two,” one who goes forth on the behalf of another.   Will be a Kidology Champion? If you find Kidology a blessing to your ministry – or you just want to BE a blessing to our ministry – NOW IS THE PERFECT TIME to help us out and “double your money” at the same time! SPECIAL LIMITED TIME OFFER! (This is for March 2014 only!) Become or renew your Champion Status, and we will send you the COMPLETE Kidology Leadership Labs Series ($219 value) as a “THANK YOU!” (Already have it? Then ask for either the Kidology Handbok ($59/$49) or Kid’s Church Cookbook ($118) in the comments when you donate.) That’s a $99 donation – that comes right back to you in valuable resources! Or donate any amount directly on our donation page. We’ve had some significant programming and development costs above and beyond our monthly budget and we are seeking your help in meeting this immediate need. We …

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