Kidologists Zone

This is the place to find things written or submitted by the creator of, Karl Bastian.

Use Karl's creativity to your advantage! Browse his ideas, plans, games, and more, and use them as is or adapt them for your ministry!

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Starter Empower Your Ministry with Next Steps for Kids (and Students)!

This discipleship tool will prepare kids for their spiritual journey.

Starter Spurgeon Started It!

A Tiny Booklet with a BIG Message

Sharing the Gospel
Starter You Might Not Know It Yet, But You Need IT!

Kids Need it. God’s Word has it. Now You Can Teach it!

it Bible Curriculum
Starter Can You Hear Me Now?

This video will equip you with essential tools and strategies to ensure your messages are heard by everyone involved in your ministry. 

Starter Be One of the First to Get My New Book!

Apply these theorems to your kids ministry, experiment with them, tweak them in your own laboratory, and watch as success bubbles up like you’ve never seen before.

Theorems, Ministry Tips and Techniques
Starter Get Kids Talking by Asking Questions!

Kid Conversation Cards get kids talking!

Conversation, Relationships, Discipleship
Starter Train Your Kids to Become Bible Ninja Warriors

It ought to be a sin to bore a kid with the Bible!

Bible Skills
Starter Oh, No! Not Another Meeting!

What is your gut response when you hear the word ‘Meeting’? Is it excitement or dread?

Ministry Management
Starter Romans Road Gospel Tool!

An updated Romans Road Gospel Tool for Kids!  

Starter Order of the Ancient - Chapter 1

Introduction and Chapter 1 of Order of the Ancient, a novel written by Karl Bastian, the Kidologist.

Novel for Kids
Starter Yes! Preschoolers CAN Study the Bible!

Use this Bible Curriculum for non-readers to challenge the youngest children to learn – they will rise to the occasion! 

Starter Why I Do What I Do...

And at the HEART of everything is the GOSPEL MESSAGE…which is why we are constantly looking for new and creative ways to communicate the timeless message of the Gospel! 

Kids Need Jesus, The Gospel
Starter YOU Are a Bible Character

Bible Characters were just ordinary people acting on Faith. 

Starter The ABC's of Team Building

I know far too many former children’s ministry leaders who are “former” precisely because the “job” of being in children’s ministry seemed like a “bait and switch.”

Volunteers, Teams, Recruiting
Starter A Pen-Pal in the Philippines!

It was a Sunday night in high school. And even though I was sitting in the back pew with my buddies, it was a day that would change my life forever.

Missions and Marriage
Starter Need Gospel Tools? We've Got Em!

I recently re-invented the classic Wordless Book for a new generation with The Gospel Colors to bring a fresh fun spin to this technique.

Good News Gospel Tools
Starter Explore Easter in a Whole New Way!

The Great Escape is super fun, super interactive, super relational, but also super intentional in sharing the Good News of Jesus! 

Escape Room Kidmin Event
Starter Finally, an Easy Way to Train Volunteers!

When it comes to training your Volunteers, we’ve got you covered!

Volunteer Training
Starter Teaching Teenagers

They aren’t kids, but they aren’t adults yet either. 

Starter There is no I in TEAM - Practical Points for Powerful Teams!

Team Building is important to the success of the ministry God has given you!

Team Camaraderie
Starter A Human Board Game That Teaches About Prayer?

Imagine your kids on a giant game board, moving forward or backwards – landing on Prayer “Boosts” or “Sliders” learning what can boost our prayer life, or cause us to slide backwards. 

All Access The Tale of Billy and Bob: Words of Wisdom

Billy gets a parrot and Bob talks to him about the importance of choosing his words.

Starter What to Do with Those 5th Sundays?

It happens four times a year… those 5thSundays. You can just incorporate them into your normal curriculum, OR… you can make them extra special.

5th Sunday
Starter The Salvation Poem Video

The Salvation Poem is a song that wonderfully expresses the Sinner's Prayer in song. The lyrics and music are provided free from This video was created by and is offered here for free to our Starter Members.

Gospel Presentation
Starter Cookin' Up Yummy Lessons!

Could you apply the principles of successful restaurants to your children’s ministry by cookin' up memorable lessons?

Free Wally, Paul's Pit Partner Videos

Sample videos of the Wally Videos from Etermity 500

Eternity 500 Videos
Starter No More BORING Countdowns

Countdowns can be boring. You need Crazy Countdowns!

Starter Leadership vs. Management

How would like a TWO-WEEK PAID VACATION in addition to the time your church already offers you? (And your boss won’t even know you took it!) Sound good? Keep reading!

Ministry Management
All Access Feedback is Your Friend

Many a leader sabotaged his or her ministry simply because they were not teachable. How and why you should SEEK out feedback.

Leadership Development
All Access Recruiting Tool: Is Your Kid a WINNER? Recruiting Tool

A fun recruiting flyer that invites parents to see if their child is a winner!

Starter A Valentine's Lesson Game Your Kids Will LOVE!

Guard Your Heart is a super-fun interactive object lesson game that can be used for Valentine's Day or any teaching situation that features Proverbs 4:23 - "Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.”

Object Lessons
All Access Sample Recruiting E-mail

A sample recruiting e-mail to parents attending regularly to your church, but not yet serving on any ministry teams to demonstrate how to be positive while making the case for why they should serve.

Starter Today's Kids Need to be Discipled More Than Ever!

Disciple your kids with My Awesome Adventure!

Starter The Classic Handbook That Can Still Train Your Volunteers TODAY!

Being a “Kidologist” was a mindset of approaching children’s ministry as an “always learner”, being a student of kids, their world, and the best way to minister within the culture of kids. 

Relational Ministry
Starter An Amazing Magical Object Lesson for Kids!

Sometimes God’s Plans are bigger and better than our own plans!

My Plan vs. God's Plan - With Kids In Mind
Starter Preparing for a NEW YEAR!

Plan Now for 2024! Kidology Leadership Labs can help!

Planning Ahead - With Kids In Mind
Starter Equip Your Families to Connect Around Meals

Make Meals Matter!

Family Devotions - With Kids In Mind
Starter Jesus is ALWAYS the Best Choice!

It’s always fun to get the last laugh!

Prophesy - With Kids In Mind
Starter Making the Complex Simple and FUN!

Encourage your children and families this year with Biblical proof of how AMAZING Jesus is by showing the prophesies he fulfilled!

Prophesy - With Kids In Mind
Starter Teaching with Sticks?

Find new ways to share the Gospel with kids by teaching with sticks!

Creative Teaching - With Kids In Mind
Free Who is Edward Kimball?

Edward Kimball dedicated his life to the spiritual guidance of young souls. Little did he know that one of his seemingly unpromising students would later become one of the greatest evangelists in history.

Starter Teaching the Incarnation to Young Kids

A magician might pretend he was “powers,” but there is never a child who believes for a second that a magician has any supernatural power. They always know there is some “trick” to it, and that’s what makes it fun.

Incarnation - With Kids In Mind
Starter The AMAZING "Lufrednow Lrak!"

A magician might pretend he was “powers,” but there is never a child who believes for a second that a magician has any supernatural power. They always know there is some “trick” to it, and that’s what makes it fun.

Gospel Magic - With Kids In Mind
Starter You're Adopted!

At its core, relational ministry doesn’t have to be “deep” to be relational. Honestly, it can quite simple and playful too.

Adoption - With Kids In Mind
Starter The Power of a Pocket Trick

At its core, relational ministry doesn’t have to be “deep” to be relational. Honestly, it can quite simple and playful too.

Engaging Your Audience - With Kids In Mind
All Access Karl's 2-Card Monte

Karl demonstrates and teaches how to do a simple but AMAZING magic trick with just TWO playing cards.

Two Card Monte Magic Trick
Starter Ready, Aim... TEACH!

Whether you use a published curriculum or write your own, it’s important to understand the essential elements of an effective lesson!

Hitting the Target - With Kids In Mind
Starter Today is Sponsored by the Number 66

A fun download you can use to teach your kids interesting numbers relating to the Bible!

Numbers in the Bible - With Kids In Mind

Of course we try to make our guests feel welcome on Sundays, but how do we get them to RETURN again?

FUNtastic Activity Booklet - With Kids In Mind

WARNING! This ministry tool is going to have a profound impact on your ministry.

All About Me - With Kids In Mind
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