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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 43rd consecutive Children’s Pastors Conference is now past, and my 44th is rapidly approaching! While there are MANY fantastic kidmin conferences today to choose from, only CPC brings together all the large publishers and many small ministries to exhibit, has general sessions to knock your socks off, and more workshops than you can count. OK, maybe you could count them, but there are a LOT!
This year Kidology exhibited and had a blast with a “PRIZE WHEEL” giving away resources from Kidology and a select group of our vendors who we featured in our booth. When all was said and done we gave away OVER $12,000 in Kidmin Resources. WHY would we do this? Because of our MISSION: To Equip and Encourage Those in Children’s Ministry.
CPC EAST 2014 (Click to View Larger)
EVERYONE who came to our booth won something – and not just samples! They went home with a set of Speed Stacks or DVD curriculum from EKG, or they won a free downloadable resource like River’s Edge Easter lesson, The Hunt is On!, or Jesus is Real from Tadpole Tales, or Knights of God 12 week curriculum from NextGen4Christ, or Scripture Lady’s downloadable Fruit of the Spirit music collection, or TruthQuest’s Easter curriculum He is Risen. Or it may have been one of many Kidology Resources like the popular U-Turn Cards or Resurrection Clue Hunt. Others learned about NoDuh the Wise One winning all his videos while others got the Kidology Handbook or Kid’s Church Cookbook. Of course, we gave away many full units of DiscipleTown and chose How to Love God with Valentine’s Day coming soon. But the most excited people were those who won a Premium Membership to Kidology.org – whether for the first time, or getting their expiration extended. With all the content, resource discount, monthly $1 deals and more – it’s the best deal in Kidmin!
But as you can see from the pictures above (click the image to view larger) the highlight of CPC isn’t the “stuff” (as cool as it is!) it is the PEOPLE you get to meet and hang out with. I so enjoy meeting new folks, reconnecting with long-time friends and seeing how Kidology can be a help and encouragement to both leaders and volunteers in ministry and the resource providers who are there to support them.
As I tell people who come to our booth,
“Kidology.org is like a CPC every day of the year right on your computer. Bright ideas for Children’s Ministry, the resources to equip you, a place to chat and make friends to be encouraged and where you can find what you are looking for – even if it’s not on Kidology.org, we are always the best place to start. It’s been that way now for over twenty years and still growing. HOW CAN WE HELP YOU?“
If you will be at CPC West, be sure to drop by the Kidology Booth so you don’t miss out on all the FREE RESOURCES! If you haven’t registered yet for CPC, what are you waiting for?
I just got an e-mail that MADE 2014. It defined why I do what I do. I share it with his permission:
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Subject: I’m Going to Be a Children’s Pastor!
This Sunday I am going to be appointed as the Assistant Pastor of Children’s Ministries at my church. I am so excited to finally get to be focused on Pastoral ministry to kids and their families. However, when I think back over the years, I know I need to thank you. You were a HUGE encouragement to me and one of the reasons I kept pressing forward in this call.
At one point I was simply a 6th grader with a call from God, but you were one of the touch-points God used along the way in order to keep me focused on that call. I know I was not the best employee at times, but you still saw through my work and saw the call God had put on my heart. I wanted to thank you for supporting me through the years I was blogging and working for Kidology.
Honestly, I’m not always sure why you were so willing to empower me, because I know I was all over the place at the time. However, you did and you helped me continually be reminded about what God has called me to. You gave me the opportunity to have a job where I could continue to learn and prepare for the ministry that was to come.
Lord, THANK YOU for Karl! I pray that you pour out a blessing over his ministry as he humbly serves you and press forward in reaching kids for your Kingdom.
I met Brandon at a CPC a several years ago. He was trying to meet as many experienced children’s pastors as possible so he could interview them for a podcast he had going of interviews about children’s ministry. I took him out to lunch and interviewed him. I learned of his call and passion for kids ministry and offered him a paid job at Kidology writing, collecting, and editing content so he could get into the middle of the flow of the best of kidmin content and content providers in kidmin today. I took him to conferences so we could room mate and work the Kidology booth together. We became friends. I saw a young version of myself! I visited him when I was in Californa. (His house is amazing at Christmas time!)
I constantly encouraged him in his pursuit of kidmin – but I learned from him too! I knew in time God was going to bring all his hard work to fruition and his dream of becoming a children’s pastor would come true in God’s timing.
This Sunday is that day! And I am celebrating that I got to play a part in that process, just as many others did for me. Just as he says he wonders why I kept believing in him – I used to wonder the same about those who believed in me and encouraged me when I was young. But as I told him on the phone, (I called after I read his e-mail… and after I wiped my eyes) us “older folks” have a way of seeing beyond youthfulness and seeing heart, passion and potential. Folks saw that in me… just as I saw it in him.
Congratulations Brandon, I’m so proud of you!
And to everyone out there investing in young people – for every e-mail like this, there are many others who never take the time so say “Thank You,” but you DID make a huge difference in their life, so keep on keeping on!
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
As I write in extensive detail about in the Kid’s Church Cookbook, Part 5: Getting Creative, creative teachers are ALWAYS on the look out for unique teaching items. So I thought I’d share one I picked up over Christmas Break: iWipers
When I saw these I cracked up! The potential for this prop is fantastic!
- Teaching on Noah and the flood!
- Teaching on Jesus calming the storm!
- Simply wear on a rainy day at camp or VBS
Do I know when I will use these? No. But they are now in my collection of creative kidmin props! You can’t wait until you need something to find it – you’ll never have a lesson and say, “Boy, sure wish I had some glasses with windshield wipers on them!” But when you own a pair and are preparing a lesson, one day you’ll say, “HEY! This is when I can use those cool windshield wiper glasses!”
And you’ll be so glad you have them.
The point of this post isn’t to go and get yourself a pair of iWipers. (Though some of you might!) The point is, always keep your eye out of unique props as they engage kids, create memories and bring lessons to life!
What is a cool prop YOU have used to teach or picked up recently?
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Christmas Clue Hunt
Back by popular demand after the huge success of Resurrection Clue Hunt, it’s time to explore the true meaning of Christmas!
Our family played this game last night and had a blast asking, “Do you have Joseph with the Gold?” or “Do you have Mary in the Manger?” or “What about King Herod in the King’s Court?”
Mix and match different People, Locations and Objects and try to discover the missing clues to the Story of Christmas! When you are done – choose one of the complete devotionals to read to top off the play with some insightful Bible Learning!
Your kids will learn some things about Christmas they probably didn’t know. With twenty different devotionals and different missing clues, the learning will be different each time you play!
Ideal for church small groups as well as quality family time for the holidays.
So turn off the TV! (The Grinch and and Rudolph can wait.) It’s time for another round of Christmas Clue Hunt! Your kids can learn more about the AMAZING TRUE STORY OF CHRISTMAS this season!
Discover amazing facts from the Bible about:
People (8 total)
• Baby Jesus
• Wise Men
• King Herod
Locations (6 total)
• King’s Court
• The East
• Shepherd’s Field
Objects (6 total)
For each there is a Bible Passage, a short description, custom illustration and a devotional that is available either immediately on your Smart Phone or Tablet via instant QR code, or PDF that comes included that you can print.
It’s Christmas Learning that is FUN for the whole family! (or church small groups or classes!)
Download: Sample PDF Devotional About Nazareth (143 KB)