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Don't let Halloween scare you! Get SPOOKY Lessons from the Bible and teach your kids that they don't have to fear death because Jesus already defeated it!

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Whether you lead in a small urban church, a large suburban church, or a mobile church, you need a curriculum that is unique and flexible. DiscipleTown has what you need!

How do you spell S-A-L-V-A-T-I-O-N?

U-Turn Cards -- new from Karl Bastian -- create an engaging Gospel presentation that illustrate the "Romans Road" salvation message.

Discovering God's Path Curriculum

Discovering God's Path Curriculum is a 3-year reproducible curriculum released FREE on a rotating quarterly basis as a benefit for Kidology Premium Members

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Kidology Open Source Curriculum

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There are many books on the market designed to teach ministry leaders how to recruit volunteers. Most teach basically the same principles, and we know them all. So why do we keep hearing that people don’t want to volunteer anymore?

Help! We Have an Unruly Kid and Nothing Works!

It can be so frustrating when you have one kid or a couple of kids that disrupt the entire group. Everything you’ve learned about classroom management has been tried and the kid is still out of control. What do you do?

Getting the New Kid to Open Up

Is it possible to get any kid to talk to you? Yes it is, and here are a few tricks. Feel free to put them to the test, and I guarantee that you will get a positive response.

Just Because I Can, Doesn't Mean I Should

How often do you volunteer for something that you really don't have time for? Are you feeling overwhelmed by trying to be everything to everyone? Do you know it's OK to say 'no'?

How To Know When It Is Time To Leave

It’s one of the toughest decisions you will ever have to make: leaving a church you have been serving as a staff member. It’s a decision that should NEVER be made cavalierly and never without much prayer and consideration.

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10 Common Mistakes Church Staff Members Make

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Spanish John 3:16 coloring

Hey gang I am looking for a coloring sheet or graphic I can use on a mission trip. I would like to place the verse on a fan they can color but also u...

Computerized Check In System

The Computerized check in will allow you to have more accurate records of who was there even if they are late. Second the teacher no longer has to kee...

Transition times

The one thing that destroys our worship time is dead time. Make every minute count. The other advice I have is you are not having Children's Church fo...


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Latest Podcast Episodes:

Kidmin Talk #072 - August 4th, 2014
Karl interviews Gerald Hinson, creator of the amazing new David vs. Goliath App from RighteousTales.com - learn about this incredible new iPad app for kids as well as tips for using the iPad for engaging kids at church. Features a special guest appearance by Karl's eight year old son, Luke.

Kidmin Talk #071 - July 21st, 2014
Karl shares what apps he uses to make ministry easier and more effective with an iPad; from management to volunteer encouragement to child security to connecting with kids. This is the age of iMinistry!

Kidmin Talk #070 - June 30th, 2014
Karl dropped by Awana Headquarters to sit down with Michael Scarbrough to get the "inside scoop" on some new and exciting changes happening at Awana. You'll learn Awana is more of a global mission than merely a club ministry and how your church can benefit from Awana.

Kidmin Talk #069 - May 9th, 2014
Children's Evangelist Barney Kinard joins Karl to talk about practical methods and tips for leading kids to Jesus as well as questions and issues around this central topic.

Kidmin Talk #068 - April 15, 2014
Recruiting is an ever present duty of kidmin leaders and so a popular topic. But you'll have a lot less recruiting to do if you discover the secrets of RETAINING the volunteers you already have. Karl provided proven tips to keeping volunteers so you won't have as many empty spots to fill.

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Shopping on Kidology Blesses Kidmins!

Often people are surprised to learn that Kidology.org is a non-profit organization. Many of our newer customers don't realize we are in our 20th year of ministry and were one of the first children's ministry websites on the Internet, and were the first membership site on the Internet. Before ebay, Paypal, Amazon, YouTube and even Google, Kidology was already equipping and encouraging those who minister to children.

While we are supported by subscriptions to our website and sales in our online store (the first kidmin store to accept credit cards) we still give away free memberships almost daily and give away resources all over the world constantly.

In fact, when you join Kidology.org and shop in our store, you are helping Kidology fulfill our MISSION of Equipping and Encouraging children's workers globally.

There are now a lot of sites for children's ministry and new places to buy stuff pop up all the time, but when you shop on Kidology, you are helping a non-profit make a real difference in kids ministries globally. Just this month we offered a fun contest on our Facebook Wall for folks to "like" our Kidology Page and share it for a chance at winning $300 in Kidology downloadable resources. We prayed the winner would be someone who really needed these tools. And as God seems to always do - He sovereignly chose just right winner! (We use random.org to choose our winners for accountability.)

Denise and her kids
Denise and her kids

Allow me to share a note from our winner - as it reflects so well the heart beat of Kidology to Equip and Encourage those who are ministering to kids all over the globe:

"You can't imagine how much of a blessing it is for me to be able to receive all these resources through the Kidology FB contest! A huge "thank you" to Karl & the Kidology team for giving so generously to Kidmin ministries everywhere over so many years. I've been a Kidology fan & supporter in prayer for over 15 years and, as a missionary to French-speaking countries, I've been a recipient of Kidology premium member scholarships for a few years. I've been blown-away on more than one occasion by the serving & giving spirit of this ministry. Thank you, Lord, for Kidology!"
Blessings, Denise

Let me add, THANK YOU to everyone who has joined Kidology and shops in our online store - you enable us to bless people like Denise every day! If you didn't know, a portion of every Premium Membership goes into the Kidology Foundation to help other non-profits and kids ministry leaders like Denise.

If you aren't a member, join today! And the next time you need some kidmin tools, let me invite you to shop our store. We represent over 100 children's ministry resource providers and because we are a non-profit, we have discounts for members on nearly everything that our vendors offer to support what we do.

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