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Karl presents a creative teaching style and encourages us to stop using the DVD player while teaching.

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Scott has given great feedback above. In light of what he shared, I suggest evaluating your specific church's need for a mid-week service by conside...

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In group settings when the gospel has been presented do you typically offer a group invitation to respond? Or... take them aside for further prayer an...

Kidmin Talk - 010 the Gospel

Thanks, Karl! Here is a follow-up question. In group settings when the gospel has been presented do you typically offer a group invitation to respond?...

An Exciting NEW Preschool Curricululm!

Do you think it would be a good "for home" use resource for parents of preschoolers? Absolutely! Perfect for home. While there are group games in the...

An Exciting NEW Preschool Curricululm!

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When I get to present the Gospel to kids who have little knowledge about God and/or the Bible - I usually use a combination of story telling that illu...

Kidmin Talk - 010 the Gospel

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check in -and out system for preteen

Our Childrens Ministry is downstairs and we are the only thing downstairs so we have the habit of saying come down instead of drop off. Sounds like a...

check in -and out system for preteen

Yes I mean drop off. Our Childrens Ministry is downstairs and we are the only thing downstairs so we have the habit of saying come down instead of dro...


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Ban This Word from Kidmin

Espresso Education! - A Shot of Concentrated Kidmin Training. In this episode Karl talks about a word he wants BANNED from children's ministry as we realize our value to God as we minister to kids!


Surviving and Thriving in Leadership

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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Use these free, printable Bible coloring pages for your church in your Children's Ministry, Sunday School or any other group. Your children will have a fun time learning all the books of the Bible by creatively coloring each page and coloring bible scripture pages.


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Latest Podcast Episodes:

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.


Kidmin Talk #067 - March 18, 2014
Minister like Jesus - intentionally disciple some kids one on one. Not sure how? Karl offers very practical suggestions from what to do when you meet, how to be effective, and suggests resources to help.


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Steve Jobs Helping Kidmin?

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Since everyone and their brother is jumping on the "what Steve Jobs would say" band wagon, I'm going to jump on too and suggest that Steve Jobs would be delighted that his invention of the iPad has just made kids safer at church! Now, I know he wasn't a big fan of things religious, but I think even he would be pleased to know that because of KidCheck's new iPad App the following are true:

  • Checking in kids securely at church is faster and easier! (and more relational)
  • Parents can enroll their children with ease on their own iPads!
  • Parents can instantly add or remove approved guardians with KidCheck accounts right from their own iPads.
  • Leaders can check if someone picking up a child is approved quickly and easily if they have a licensed iPad approved by the leadership.
  • Medical information can be attained quickly and easily in an emergency by an approved leader instantly by scanning a child's name tag using the camera on an iPad right from within the new KidCheck App!
  • Parents can use an iPad at a station at church to check their children in or be greeted by a friendly staff member at church who can check them in - no more clunky impersonal and confusing giant computers that put off new visitors.

If Steve Jobs were alive today, I can see him demonstrating KidCheck at one of his large events just to show how his invention is changing lives, keeping kids safe, and making life easier for children's pastors. Can't you?

To learn more about KidCheck's new iPad App visit any of the following links, and remember, Kidology.org Premium Members SAVE on KidCheck's awesome services!

BONUS: Enjoy my latest podcast where I describe the app in more detail, PLUS many more Kidmin Apps: iMinistry: Kidmin Apps

 

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