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Da Bible Feet - Caleb
A Kids Church Video featuring “Da Feet.” An introduction for a lesson on Caleb.
Da Bible Feet - Joshua
A Kids Church Video featuring “Da Feet.” An introduction for a lesson on Joshua.
Da Bible Feet - Moses
A Kids Church Video featuring “Da Feet.” An introduction for a lesson on Moses.
Dealing with Parent Conflict
Karl Bastian provides tips on how to keep your cool and deal with parents when they get upset with you!
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
Disney Models Making the Most of a Bad Situation
Learn to turn something boring into something creative, the way disney does.
|Creative, Disney, CPC
The phone can be an effective tool in building stronger relationships with the children in your ministry. So here are some ideas for ways you can use the phone to touch kids lives and some tips to make you r calls more meaningful.
Facts About Psalm 118
Some things you likely never knew about Psalm 118 that are pretty cool!
Family Ministry: Trading One Extreme for Another
Are "FIC" (Family Integrated Churches) really better? Or are we merely trading one ineffective extreme for another?
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.
First Things First
Take care of the "Big Rocks" in your life, and then worry about everything else. If you can't, then you simply are doing more than God is asking you to, and you need to take a hard look at your life and ministry. It may require some heart-searching prayer about what God is asking you to do.
Getting into the Home
If you want to understand children, you've got to get into their homes. It is amazing what you can learn about the interests and influencers of children from their bedrooms! A kid's room is like a diorama of their heart.
Getting on Top of Your Own Personal Discipline
This is a teaching outline on personal discipline. Can be used for individual study, or for teaching a workshop.
Getting Started in Kidmin
A look at great resources to help you get started in kidmin
God's Word is for Kids
The power of the word of God will work for kids. We often quote Paul from 2 Timothy 3 about the power of God’s word. Rightfully so. We forgot, however, the context of Paul’s statement is in reference to Timothy having learned the word as a child.
HELP! I'm Recruiting!
8 Tips on Recruiting from Karl Bastian
HELP! My Student Has ADD - 8 Ideas That Work!
Info and Tips for working with ADD / ADHD kids.
|ADD / ADHD
Helping Kids Find God in a Hectic World
How can we slow kids and families down and bring them closer to a walk with God? Here are a few suggestions.
How a Palm Pilot Can Enhance Your Ministry!
CLASSIC POST: 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.
How to be an AWESOME Small Group Leader
Many churches today use a Large Group / Small Group format. For small group leaders, here are FIVE TIPS to make your time as effective as possible.
|Small Group Training
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!
How to Recruit F.A.T. Volunteers
Improve your volunteer retention by finding the right volunteers from the start!
I Was a Kid with Special Needs
Our goal isn’t to have a completely controlled classroom – it is to minister to each and every child according to their needs. And that includes every child!
|Special Needs Kids
Introduction to Solo Puppeteering
Puppet Training on doing a puppet all by yourself - ventriloquism NOT required! (Although the AVC's of Ventriloquism are included!) Tips and Advice on how to do a puppet by yourself, how to develop a character, and things you can do to enhance your lesson with a solo puppet.
Is Your Kidmin in Survival or Creative Mode?
I love Minecraft. I play it with my son and other kids. It also teaches me things about children's ministry.
Jesus and the Theology of Children through the Ages
This is a masters level paper on the 'gradual historical return to Jesus' Theology of Children. Includes extensive footnotes and bibliography.
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)
Let the Children Come to Me (a sermon)
This is a sermon on the passages of Jesus blessing the children that you can use to teach about the value of children.
Children expect you to be there in the classroom during the Sunday School hour, or whenever your club or ministry meets. But they DON'T expect you to touch their life during the week! So surprise them!
Memo From CP: No More Child Care
How to Release the CM from providing Child Care to other ministries.
|Child Care Policy
Ministering to Kids of the New Millenium
No doubt about it! The kids of today are not the same as when YOU were a kid! Their interests are different, they grow up much faster, and even their 'toys' are amazing! SO HOW DO YOU REACH THEM?
Name Tag Fun
Help kids understand their own attitudes through this easy activity with Name Tags. Plus, help build community as the kids get to know each other a little bit better.
No more Sinner's Prayer in Kidmin?
While we may have valid concerns to many of the practices associated with inviting children to receive Jesus into their hearts, Jesus' imperative to bring kids to him must be a priority for children's ministry.
|Evangelism, Spiritual Formation
On the Wheel
Have you every blown it? Here is some encouragement not to give up as you serve "On the Potter's Wheel"
|Personal Development and Growth
PHILOSOPHY OF MINISTRY - I. The Foundation
Understanding ministry in progress.
PHILOSOPHY of MINISTRY - II. The Builders
Using People, not Programs
PHILOSOPHY OF MINISTRY - III. The Building: Utilizing the Program Pyramid
Learn a strategy that will give unique meaning and purpose to every event - rather than just planning events and tossing in some spiritual impact so it can be called ministry.
Pocket Puzzle Evangelism?
Learn how to naturally and safley invite kids to church.
Anything done in extremes isn't healthy, and parents should limit both the time and money invested in Pokémon, but like baseball cards, P.O.G.S, stickers, and anything else kids get into, it needs to be balanced, and they need to know what is real and what is make believe. God gave children incredible imaginations.... the creators of Pokémon have tapped into that in a way that baffles adults who aren't on the inside track.
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...
Puppets – A Helpful Hand in Teaching
Kids and adults respond better to puppets than to almost any other creative teaching method.
Purpose, Mission and Vision in Children's Ministry
Often the words Purpose, Mission and Vision are used interchangeably. What do they mean and what impact can they have on your children's ministry? A HUGE impact!
Reaching Disconnected Families
Pastor Karl addresses this critical issue that faces all of our ministries. Families visit our church, and don't return. Or, families that once were regular, fade away and we wonder what happened to them. How do we bring them back?
Relational Ministry vs. Respect as a Leader
How can I lead relationally while maintaining respect for my position.
Resolute in the New Year
I think because New Year’s Resolutions often don’t last or are forgotten after several months, some people give up even making them. Others even encourage people not to for this very reason. I disagree. I think they are fantastic!
|New Year's Resolutions
Sack Lunch Sunday
A simple to plan event that both the kids and parents love.
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.
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.
Shepherd or Sheepherder?
You went into children's ministry because you wanted to be a shepherd of children – and all too soon you became more sheepherder than shepherd. What changed?
Shepherding the Hearts of God's Children (sermon)
A Shepherd Guides, Provides, and Protects. We need to do the same for our children.