The First Kidology FLASH CLASS – Fortnight!

Introducing Kidology’s FLASH CLASSES! Quick – Practical – No Strings Attached Karl Bastian – aka “The Kidologist” – is a student of the World of Kids. The kids at his church call him a Big Kid. He is passionate about ministry from within the culture of kids. And yes, he’s been known to order a Happy Meal for lunch! His house could double for a Toy Museum, and his office is filled with Lego sets and Rubix Cubes. If you want to keep up with kids and their world, Karl is happy to help. Kidology Flash Classes are offered to help you connect with kids, their culture, and how to best minister to them. Best of all, they are ALWAYS FREE to watch LIVE! There is no “up sell” during or at the end of the training sessions. If you miss it, no worries, the archives are available to Kidology All Access Members. Not a member? Join Today! Learn more at Kidology.org/flashclass ALL ABOUT FORTNITE! The first one is over, but the archive is up! Pastor Karl Bastian as he helps you understand the what’s what of this explosive ultra-popular video game. What should concern you, and how should you…

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Breakthrough Movie Triumphs!

My family and I got to watch an early release of this film in our home recently and were riveted to the screen. Breakthrough grabs your heart and never lets go! All of the characters are so relatable and real. Their faith is called up and challenged as relationships are strained and strengthened. Of course, you are rooting for the recovery of the boy at the center of the saga, but he isn’t the only one who experiences a miracle – a breakthrough – in this incredible true story. I can’t recommend highly enough that your entire family go see this film when it comes out! – Karl Bastian, Kidology.org Coming to theaters this Easter, BREAKTHROUGH is an impossible true story that will inspire everyone who sees it. Chrissy Metz plays the real-life mom in the story and DeVon Franklin (Miracles From Heaven and The Star) is the producer.

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Living a Legacy – A Tribute to My Friend Craig Jutila

Pastor Craig Jutila passed away on December 26th, 2018.  as a result of a snowboarding accident. An official statement is available on his church’s Facebook page. This is my tribute to him. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9 There are people who live a full life. There are others who live life to the fullest. Still others who are full of life. But rare are those who do all of these and leave the world fuller because they were here. I don’t even remember when I first met Craig Jutila. He’s one of those friends I’ve just always known. When you have memories that go back farther than your digital pictures, you know you have known someone a long time. I sat in his workshops as a learner, I served with him at training events, even once on a cruise at a conference our friend Roger Fields organized on a ship. The last time we chatted about ministry, life, and family was during a break earlier this year as we coached leaders at the children’s pastors conference. Like me, he…

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Jesus is Proof – God Prefers the Unlikely

Have you figured it out yet? I know, you’ve heard it many times. God prefers to use the ordinary. The unexpected. The unknown. The unlikely. Jesus came through an unknown young girl and her husband of unknown heritage. His birth was announced to humble shepherds. There was no room in the Inn so the Son of God was born in a place suitable more for animals than the King of Kings. We know this story. We’ve taught this story. A hundred times in a hundreds ways. But what does this mean for us in Children’s Ministry? It means everything. It’s more than just a story for Christmas time. It reveals how God prefers to get things done. He is a God who’s glory and power and provision is best on display when it is needed most. When we look at our ministries, too often we see how things ought to be. How our staffing ought to be. Our facilities. Our budgets. Our resources. Our…. (dare I say it?) appreciation for all that we do for the children. We may even look at the lack of skill in the volunteers we have to work with, the age of the equipment we…

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Led to Jesus by Candy

It was October 13th, 1972. I’ll always remember the date, because it’s my little sister’s birthday. Whenever my sister, Melissa, celebrates her birthday, I celebrate my spiritual birthday. Her physical age (no worries, sis, I won’t tell!) is my spiritual age! When my mom went into the hospital to deliver Melissa, my older sister and I were both sent to different homes to be cared for so dad could focus on Mom. I was only four years old. When I heard I was going to Candy’s house I was delighted! Candy Crowell was a favorite of all the children at church. Not only was she a sweet old lady who volunteered in the children’s ministry, but if you shook her hand on Sunday a butterscotch candy magically appeared in your hand! I can still remember her home vividly. I can imagine the front room, the kitchen two steps up, the table where I sat eating snacks, and even where the bathroom was. (Very important when you are four!) I remember the front yard filled with scattered toys over a scarce lawn, the scruffy hedges that formed the boundaries I had to play within, but most of all I remember the…

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