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Halloween doesn't have to be scary! Kidology is here to help with our Halloween resource guide.

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Make your children's ministry dollars stretch farther by shopping for bargains on gently-used items in the Kidology Garage Sale!

Get SPOOKY This Halloween!

Don't let Halloween scare you! This single lesson helps guide your children to a biblical understanding of life, showing how Jesus defeated death.

Registration OPEN for Yosemite Summit 2015

Yosemite Summit is a 5-day personal sabbatical for male children's pastors that takes place May 17-21, 2015 at Yosemite National Park. Register TODAY!

Kids Bulletins Now Available

Kidsword Children's Worship Bulletins -- available for two age groups -- are $2 off for Kidology Premium Members

Curriculum for Any Church!

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

Kidology Open Source Curriculum is a FREE set of tools you download, remix, and share with others!  Budget-friendly 3-year curriculum for church, home, & school

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Proverbs Bible Lesson: God Gives Us Everything

The following lesson is taken from a Proverbs series.  The children discover that we can have an attitude of generous giving when we remember that God has given us everything.

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Is your family involved in children's ministry? If so, are you excited about it, or do you need a reminder as to why you serve? Read these 5 tips for keeping the spirit of serving alive in your family.

How Can They Hear?

This is a skit to help explain to children why we give money for compassion projects and not just money for Bibles.

New Christian in Training

Comparing learning to live as a Christian to learning a team sport.

Better Transitions in Children's Church

Understanding children's capacity for making transitions - for a better children's church experience

Dealing with the Effects of Divorce on Kids

A parent and children's worker's guide to dealing with the wide range of emotions that are felt by children of divorce.

Are You Sabotaging Your Ministry Volunteers?

We know it's not intentional. You would never purposely sabotage your volunteers. But what if it's happening anyway? These quick tips may help you become more aware of how you may be jeopardizing the volunteers in your ministry.

Heritage Builders Bulletin Insert - October 2014

Heritage Builders "Generation to Generation" bulletin insert for October 2014

What a Home Improvement Project Reminded Me About Leaders

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Learn life lessons from a twenty year veteran of ministry who shares openly what he has learned about how to survive and thrive in ministry.


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Latest Podcast Episodes:

Kidmin Talk #073 - October 8th, 2014
After two months of podcast silence Karl returns with an update on Kidology.org's 20th birthday and other news and updates for his faithful podcast listeners, and also asks for some input on podcast format. Listen in!


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.


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TWO FREE Kidmin Webinars!

Hello! I wanted to make sure you knew that this week I am doing TWO FREE online seminars as a part of the totally free CMweb Summit, and I wanted to make sure you were aware of it.

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The first is: Thursday, October 23, 2014, from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (MDT)

It's Called: Rebooting Your Kidmin

Description: Ten Steps to Rebooting Your Kids Ministry from the Inside Out and Top Down! This workshop is for those brand new to leadership in children’s ministry, or those who may need to ‘start over’ more strategically. Get organized and learn the 'insider secrets" to keeping sane while leading a kidmin. Leave encouraged and with a practical step by step strategy for building a ministry that can stand the test of time!

The second is: Friday, October 24, 2014, from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (MDT)

It’s going to be fun! It’s a Virtual Tour of Kidology.org

Description: Since 1994, before eBay, PayPal, YouTube or even Google (!) Kidology.org has been growing daily with the tools you need to succeed in children's ministry. The site is massive! Enjoy Karl Bastian, (aka the Kidologist) giving you a virtual tour of all that is available to you, as well as tips on searching this deep and wide kidmin website. There truly is no other online source like it. You'll discover why thousands come to the site daily to get the input, tools, or advice they need.

I’d love to have you join me for either of these! It's a great way to learn! 

REMEMBER, they are free!

There are a BUNCH of other FREE webinars by other leaders in Kidmin, so be sure to check out the others at: http://cmwebsummit.com/

Karl.

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