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Articles and Resources for Leaders and Administrators

So, you're in charge of the Children's Ministry?  HELP IS HERE!

Whether you are a Children's Pastor, Director, Coordinator, or Hold-it-all-togetheror, the fact is you need ideas, and you need them fast!  Looking for a sample policy manual, or permission slip, or other administrative help, this is the place!

If you have a question or issue you would like to see addressed here, please contact us. We have a team of veteran children's ministry administrators ready to help. 

ALSO: We would also be interested in any contributions you may have for this section.

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Premium Communicating When No One Reads

Ideas for communication with leaders and volunteers

Communication
Premium Getting Past the Resume: Getting Noticed with Cover Letters

If you want your application to stand out from the rest of the pack, the key may be found in writing a great cover letter. This article examines what people are looking for and how to best write a letter that reflects the real you.

Jobs and Employment
Premium How to Get Your Message to Parents Every Time

6 great communication tatics that will help get your message to every parent

Communication, Email, Parents,
Premium Interviewing 101

The interview is often the key event that determines whether a candidate moves on in the ministry calling process. This article will present several suggestions that can improve how you present yourself in an interview.

Suggestions to give your best interview.
Premium Reflections on our Children's Ministry

A tool for allowing parents and leaders to evaluate your children's ministry.

CM Evaluation
Premium Awesome Adventure Font Download

This is the code used in the Awesome Adventure Discipleship Series that you can use to write your own notes in the code.

Font
Premium Developing a K.C. Krew Workshop Notes

These are the Kidologist's workshop notes for his workshop on developing a team of 5-6th Graders to help run children's church.

5-6th Grade Ministry / Tweener
Premium Putting the Pastor Back into Your Job Description

You went into children’s ministry because you love working with kids, but the ‘higher up’ you get in leadership, the less it seems you get to minister directly to children. Learn how to continue to make a personal impact on many children so that you are as much a shepherd of children as you are an administrator of children.

Administration
Guest The Kidologist's Top Ten in CM

What the Kidologist, Karl Bastian, suggests as the "Top Ten" books, websites, and events for children's ministry leaders.

Top Books, Websites and Events in CM
Premium 10 Standards of Excellence

Written by Karl Bastian for his children's ministry, here are ten scripturally based standards you can ask your volunteers to live up to in order to serve in the kids ministry.

Volunteer Standards
Premium 3 Qualities of Great Leaders

What are the qualities that make a great leader?

Leadership Volunteers
Premium 50 Ways to Discover New Workers

Need some new workers in your children's minsitry? (Who doesn't?!?) Here are a variety of recruiting ideas compiled by the Kidologist.

Recruiting, Volunteers
Premium A Kidmin House of Cards?

Do you ever feel like your whole ministry is about to come crashing down? This may encourage you...  

Leadership Perseverance
Premium A Ministry Lesson from Darth Vader

In the busyness of life and ministry, don't forget your Primary Objectives, because one thing is for sure: your Enemy won't.

Priorities
Premium A Philosophy of Children's Ministry

Karl presents his Biblical Philosophy of Children's Ministry, why you should have one, and a Word doc version so you can modify it for your own ministry use.

Philosophy of Ministry
Premium A Sermon for Challenging the Congregation

This is a sermon Karl Bastian preaches when he has an opportunity to address an entire church congregation.

Building Kids Lives on the Rock
Premium Backyard Bible Splash!

This is a fun event your church can host in the summer.

Water Sports, Summer
Premium Being a HELPful Volunteer!

How can a volunteer truly H.E.L.P. their leader?

Training Volunteers
Basic Beyond the Classroom

If you minister to kids you have a powerful opportunity to impact lives in dramatic ways, and the small amount of effort it takes may surprise you.

Relational Ministry
Premium Child Security in the Local Church

Looking for church policies to ensure "Child Safety" in the church? The Kidologist has done extensive research on this and offers his findings and his manual for his church.

Child Security
Premium Cloud Technology - What is it?

This is Karl Bastian and Michael Chanley's workshop at CPC 2011.

Cloud Technology
Premium Coaching Blessings and Curses

Every children's ministry needs a gifted leader who is able lead by coaching. He or she is able to call the plays that mobilize a team or class full of children to meet a goal.

Leadership
Premium Confessions of a Driven Pastor

Great articles on slowing down and taking time to focus on your own soul.

Image Management, Quiet Time, Leadership
Premium Da Bible Feet - Noah

A Kids Church Video featuring “Da Feet.” An introduction for a lesson on Noah.

Noah
Premium Dealing with Parent Conflict

Karl Bastian provides tips on how to keep your cool and deal with parents when they get upset with you!

Parent Conflict
Premium Dealing with Personal Criticism

Originally published in Children's Ministry Magazine Professional Edition, Karl Bastian shares insights on how to deal with criticism in leadership.  

Critism in Leadership
Premium Disney Models Making the Most of a Bad Situation

Learn to turn something boring into something creative, the way disney does.

Creative, Disney, CPC
Premium Family Ministry: Trading One Extreme for Another

Are "FIC" (Family Integrated Churches) really better? Or are we merely trading one ineffective extreme for another?

Family Ministry
Basic Finding Your Ministry Calling

Would you like to KNOW why God put you here on this earth? Wouldn’t it be great at the end of your life to be able to say, “I have finished the race?” But how will you know if you have finished the race unless you know what race you are running? This article, which reveals the personal story of the Kidologist's calling, will give you some insight on how YOU can discover YOUR calling.

Leadership
Premium Getting Started in Kidmin

A look at great resources to help you get started in kidmin

Kidology, training, forum
Premium Grocery Store Encouragement

A BUNCH of ideas for encouraging your volunteers from the aisles of the grocery store!

Volunteer Encouragement
Premium Help! I'm Planning An All Nighter!

Some advice on planning an all-nighter!

Planning Night Events
Basic How a Palm Pilot Can Enhance Your Ministry!

These are the workshop notes and additional details from the workshop that the Kidologist taught at the Children's Pastor's Conference in Nashville and San Diego in 2001.

Technology
Premium How I Got an Admin

Karl gives some insight on how he lobbied for administrative support from a senior pastor trying to be "fair" to all his staff.

Getting Admin Help
Premium How to Fire a Volunteer

How do you fire a volunteer? That's a tough question, but here are some guidelines you will find helpful as you approach this delicate duty!

Volunteers, Guidelines
Premium Keepin' It Simple

Karl talks about ways to Keep It S.I.M.P.L.E. in your ministry when you are starting to feel overwhelmed (Post includes an MP3)

Leadership Volunteers
Premium Memo From CP: No More Child Care

How to Release the CM from providing Child Care to other ministries.

Child Care Policy
Premium Next Steps for Kids Lessons

These lessons are part of a four week class that Pastor Karl did annually at his church. The lessons cover Salvation, Baptism, Communion and Discipleship.  

Salvation, Baptism, Communion and Discipleship
Premium Proactive Leadership

If you want to be a more proactive leader – don't start your day by checking your e-mail, voice mail, or mail slot at the office. Here is what you do...

Leadership
Premium Puppet Resource List

Here is a list of compnies and websites that sell puppets and puppet equipment. A valuable resource!

Puppets
Premium Sample Children's Pastor's Job Descriptions

Several people have requested sample children's pastors job descriptions, here are several, plus a sample application for a children's pastor.

Job Search, Hiring, Human Resources
Basic Scope and Seekwhat?

Educators have long called it a Scope and Sequence. Every thoughtful Bible curriculum has one. If it doesn’t, you might want to re-evaluate the quality of the material or the intentionality of its creators. If there is no scope and sequence, then it is a haphazard approach to education, and that is dangerous.

Curricululm Writing
Premium Setting GOALS for Your Ministry

Purpose, Mission and Vision are critical to a ministry's success, but without goals they are difficult to bring into reality. Evaluating your progress also becomes nearly impossible! Goals break down a grand vision into attainable action steps. Let us show you how to setup these goals.

Goals
Basic Speak! Your Audience Listens!

Originally published in Groups CM Mag Professional Edition, Karl challenges your thinking about church communication from "How can I better get information out?" to "Why aren't they listening?"

Church Communication
Premium State of the Kidmin

So, did you watch the STATE of the UNION address by the President? Regardless of your political opinions, it is a good practice to stop once a year and consider the state of the union.

Assessment
Premium Sunday School Testing?

How do you evaluate kids Bible knowledge? Schools test kids, why not at church? People are often surprised to learn that the Kidologist had quarterly testing in his Sunday School. Here he explains why and how.

Testing Kids Bible Knowledge
Basic Take Your Life Back from the Church

Don't let the church suck you dry - that isn't God's Will for those in ministry. When the church is killing your joy, you are doing more than God is asking of you and it is time for drastic action. Now. Stop making excuses.

Leadership & Life & Priorities
Premium The Future of Children's Ministry

This is Karl's contribution to the Greg Baird / Kidmin360.com series. Download the COMPLETE book below.

Leadership & Discipleship
Basic The Kidologist Top Influencers

Karl Bastian was selected by Group’s CM Magazine as one of kids ministry Top 20 Influencer’s – but who were his “Top Influencers?”

Leaders, Influence
Premium The One Thing: Karl Bastian

Karl answers Greg Baird on what is the ONE THING that is most important aside from his walk with God.

Leadership


  

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