Kidologists Zone

This is the place to find things written or submitted by the creator of Kidology.org, 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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Level Title Topic
Starter CHALLENGE

As a Christian leader, your primary responsibility is not simply to run an efficient ministry. It is to make disciples.

Challenge in Ministry
Starter CONNECTION

Learn four ways to make a connection with the kids in your ministry.

Connection in Ministry
Starter TEAMWORK

A ministry built on one person will not last.

Teamwork in Ministry
Starter DETERMINATION

Someday is Just Another Word for Never

Determination in Ministry
Starter CREATIVITY

God created you to create!

Creativity in Ministry
Starter DRIVE

These questions can literally change your life!

Drive in Ministry
Starter GOT VISION?

How do you become a visionary leader?

Vision in Ministry Part 3
Starter AIM AT VISION

Your ministry VISION must have something to AIM at. 

Vision in Ministry Part 2
Starter ENVISION THE VISION

What is VISION when it comes to your children’s ministry?  

Vision in Ministry Part 1
Starter ONE WORD Will Set You Above the Rest!

What ONE WORD can set you above the crowd?

Initiative in Ministry
Starter TIME TO FOCUS

How do you win the battle for your focus?

Focus in Ministry
Starter LIFE'S "PAUSE" BUTTON

If you were accused of loving your job, would there be enough evidence to convict you?

Pause in Ministry
Starter WORK WITH ZEAL

If you were accused of loving your job, would there be enough evidence to convict you?

Zeal in Ministry
Starter TRUTH TO TRUST

A leader who can’t be trusted will lead with a limp.

Trust in Ministry
Starter TIME TO PROCRASTINATE?

Why develop PROCRASTINATION as a leadership trait?

Procrastination in Ministry
Starter EXTRA EFFORT

Be (or become) the one who puts in the most effort. 

Effort in Ministry
Starter OUTLOOK DETERMINES OUTCOME

There is no reason for negativity when we are on the WINNING TEAM!

Outlook in Ministry
Starter THE #1 LEADERSHIP TRAIT THAT MIGHT SURPRISE YOU

If I were to ask you, "What is the most important skill for a ministry leader to have for success?" what would your answer be?

Kindness in Ministry
Starter PROACTIVE LEADERSHIP

Unless you are intentional, the weekly demands of ministry can quickly push you into a role of a reactive leader.

Proactivity in Ministry
Starter LIVE ON PURPOSE

What is YOUR purpose?

Purpose in Ministry
Starter UNPLANNED URGENCY

Urgency is a 2-sided coin. 

Urgency in Ministry
Starter FAITH REQUIRES RISK

What are you trying that will only succeed if God is in it?

Risk in Ministry
Starter PREPARATION PREVENTS PERSPIRATION!

We’ve all had events creep up on us. We KNOW that preparation is the key to success, but why is it so hard to be prepared in advance?

Preparation in Ministry
Starter JOY IN PERSEVERANCE

Have you ever wanted to quit? Toss in the towel? Take this job and… well, you get the idea. Just remind yourself of one simple fact...

Perseverance in Ministry
Starter BECOME AN INTENTIONAL LEADER!

If you want to have a productive and successful week of ministry, allow me to give you a few practical tips on how be in an INTENTIONAL LEADER.

Intentional Leadership
Starter MAKE IT A BOLD NEW YEAR!

THE NEW YEAR IS HERE! How's it going so far?

Ministry Assessment
All Access Recruiting Tool: YES! Postcards

Fun super-hero-themed postcards designed to make joining the kids ministry team easy and inviting!

Recruiting Tools
Free Facts About Psalm 118

Some things you likely never knew about Psalm 118 that are pretty cool!  

Psalm 118
Free The Ultimate Birthday Party for Jesus Planning Pack Super Sunday

A FUN Party Plan for Celebrating the Birthday of JESUS!

Fun, Stand-Alone Birthday Party Plan for Christmas
Starter Candy Pancake Breakfast Super Sunday

Host a CANDY PANCAKE BREAKFAST for the kids! It’s something they will LOVE, TALK ABOUT, and LOOK FORWARD TO, and even BRING A FRIEND!

Fun, Stand-Alone Lesson on Thankfulness
All Access Salvation Follow Up Parent Letter

Sample letter to send parents when a child makes a decision to accept Jesus as their Savior at church.

Parent Follow Up
All Access Pizza Pun Volunteer Thank You Note

Just a punny pizza-themed note for saying thanks.

Volunteer Appreciation
All Access Kid Conversation Cards

These Customizable Conversation Cards get kids talking - but they work like a game!

Small Group Discussion Tool
All Access Highpoint Kids CM Manual

Pastor Karl's Children's Ministry Manual from his church in Colorado (updated 2022)

CM Manual
All Access 5 Minute Roller Coaster Countdown Video

5 Minute Roller Coaster Countdown Video

Countdown Video
All Access Are You Called to Minister to Children?

You'll never gain fame or glory in children's ministry. So are YOU called?

Ministry Calling
All Access The Gospel Colors Download Page

A FUN, new, simple way to share the GOOD NEWS of Jesus using just 8 colors!

Gospel Presentation
Starter Childlike vs. Childish

The Apostle Paul said when he became a man he put away childish things, but then Jesus said we are to come to Him as children. How do we connect with children, relationally, while maintaining the respect of adults? Pastor Karl - a self-identified "big kid" explains how to keep that tricky balance.

Becoming a Relational Leader to Kids without Losin
Starter 100 Ways to Show Your Kids LOVE!

100 EASY (and FUN) ways to show LOVE to your kids

Loving Kids
Starter How to Study the W.O.R.D.

A way to help kids (and adults) get more out of their Bible reading time.

Bible Study
All Access If You Think Church is Boring

An invitation to church that kids can give their friends: "If you think church is boring, you've never been to MY church!"

Church Invitation
All Access Head, Shoulders, Knees and CUP!

A Super Fun Game using only plastic cups!

FUN Group Game
Free No More Making Time for Family

Why I will NEVER make time for my family ever again!

Family
All Access The Story of God's Trees

This is a retelling of the classic story of The Three Trees written by Karl Bastian, provided here in three different formats. The original author is unknown. This is Karl's version of the beautiful fable. Ideal for Christmas or Easter.

Christmas
Starter GOOD NEWS Gospel Tract

FREE DOWNLOAD! A fun, simple and effective way for kids to share the GOOD NEWS of Jesus with their friends!

The Gospel
All Access Karl's Kids Church Rules and Super Kid Certificate

Children's Church Rules and Rewards

Kids Church Discipline
All Access Workshop: Including Family in Children's Ministry

Pastor Karl training leaders on how to include parents in children's ministry. (Recruiting tips too!)

Family Ministry
All Access Movie Match-Ups!

Played like the classic card game War, only with kids movie characters instead!

Game
All Access Name That Shadow!

It's a game of silhouettes! Can your kids recognize the characters?

Game
All Access 3 of a Kind Game

Based on the classic "Three of These Things" Game, but uses characters from children's fims.

Game
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