What Makes a Ministry Successful?


There is no shortage of books or online articles on success – but what does success look like in Children’s Ministry? You’ll be glad to know the keys to success in kidmin are free. They don’t require a big budget or a specific resource. Budgets and resources can help, but don’t be fooled by thinking they are the key. In fact, they can at times lead you away from real success. So how do you measure success? What are the Four Secrets to a successful children’s ministry? A Successful Children’s Ministry Must Be: Child Centered. God loves every child, and therefore we accept them and love them, just the way they are. Children who need special attention are lovingly welcomed. Our environments are kid-friendly, engaging, and educational. Our volunteers strive to understand a child’s perspective and to make the message of Christianity relevant to the life of a child. We have fun, but it is fun with a purpose! Therefore, our teaching is creative and engaging and connects with the world of kids in order to help them connect with God. “To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so …

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Have You Heard of The Gathering?


Have you heard of The Gathering? I recently got to hang out with Michelle Anthony at a conference, and was excited to learn more about this amazing event called The Gathering! I can’t make it this year, but I’ve penciled it in for the following year! My friends Greg Baird, Keith Ferrin and others will be there with the goal of pouring into YOU! This is a conference focused on spiritual formation and family ministry. You’ll be given the chance to collaborate with other ministry leaders and leave with practical ideas you can use right away in your church! You can choose from 2 locations, Costa Mesa, CA and Chicago, IL. But don’t wait to register…seating is limited. Come be inspired, refreshed and renewed at The Gathering! You’ll be glad you did! LEARN MORE:

Karl in CA at Servant’s Conference


If you are in Southern California, I invite you to join me at the Children’s Ministry Servants Conference March 27 and 28, 2015. I’m excited about this conference because it reminds me so much of the Kidology University conferences I did for ten years (15 events in three states!) and the spirit behind them that was exactly why I did those. The founder of the event, Stef, wrote: The vision for Children’s Ministry Servants Conference was born out of my own experience in Children’s Ministry. I was “thrown into” CM without any training, when I think of that now, I cringe. I decided that no one should ever experience what I did those first few years of leading the ministry. After prayer and conversation with the senior pastor, we decided that this would be a good thing to offer others. So in 1999 our first conference took place. This year will mark our 16th anniversary. The theme this year is “Passing It On – Reaching the Millennial Generation” Attendees are from non-denominational as well as denominational churches in the So Cal area and nearby states The training team for the conference is as diverse as those who attend it. From …

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Kidology Coaching Better Than School


Perhaps you have considered Kidology Coaching. Perhaps it has never crossed your mind. Either way, I think the letter below from one of our recent graduates will best describe the dramatic difference coaching can make in your ministry. I know there are many children’s ministry leaders out there who will relate to Jennifer’s story, shared here, with her permission. See if you don’t see yourself in the note below. Then consider what coaching might just do for your ministry. There is honestly no other kidmin coaching program available that provides the experience and results that Kidology Coaching does. Karl, After just completing Kidology Coaching Program, I want to thank you for all that this program has offered to the growth of my ministry and myself.  When I started this coaching program in November of 2011, I was very intimidated by other “Giants” in Children’s Ministry around me.  Children’s Ministry seemed very unfocused because I was bouncing all over the place putting out little fires of things that needed to be done (just not by me). When I began in Children’s Ministry I was very overwhelmed. I did not go to Bible School or Seminary, and my only experience working with children …

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What’s Your Theology of Children’s Ministry?


Have you developed a theology of children’s ministry? That very sentence will intimidate many. “Theology” sounds like something for seminary professors, right? However, theology is simply what you believe about God and everything else related to Him. Perhaps you’ve never even heard of a theology of children’s ministry. It’s OK if you haven’t! But let me ask you a few questions that help reveal why it is important. What happens when a parent tells you they don’t believe that a child can accept Christ? What do you say to a pastor who says he won’t allow children to be baptized until they are 12, because before that they can’t possibly know what they are doing? How do you answer a parent who would like to have their infant baptized so that they can go to heaven? What will you tell the youth pastor who says that the salvation decisions of children “don’t count,” as he invites teenagers to come to Christ after the “age of accountability?” What would you say to an adult who wants to be baptized because he isn’t sure if he was sincere enough when he came to Christ (or was baptized) as a child? What will …

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