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What is Kidology Online Training?

Kidology Online Training features Leadership Labs and other video-based training materials. Courses are often supplemented by downloadable resources and other multimedia elements to compliment each study.

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Starter Introduction to Kidology Leadership Labs

Watch this short introductory video from Karl Bastian about Kidology Leadership Labs. These online videos are designed to equip and encourage you with a topical approach.

Kidology Leadership Labs
All Access Leadership Lab 01: First Things First

The foundational Leadership Lab that looks at why the most important aspects of ministry have nothing to do with ministry. Put first things first and you will not just survive in children's ministry, you will thrive.

Kidology Leadership Labs
Free Kids are Curious!

What are you doing to engage the curiosity of your kids?

Kidology Lab - Curiosity
All Access Leadership Lab 02: Visionary Leadership

What does it mean to have vision? How can a clear vision for ministry increase your effectiveness? How do you get your volunteer team working together toward a God-focused vision?

Kidology Leadership Labs
All Access Leadership Lab 03: Kid-Focused Ministry Foundations

Let's take a serious look at the foundation of your children's ministry. At a time when creating a "fun ministry" has almost become the ultimate pursuit, its time to analyze where your focus should be.

Kidology Leadership Labs
All Access Wordless Book How To (Video Training)

Video training by Pastor Karl on the many ways to use the Wordless Book to share the Gospel with complete instructions.

Wordless Book
All Access Leadership Lab 04: Partnering with Parents

If the very thought of 'family ministry' and 'partnering with parents' stirs up feelings of failure and discouragement, maybe it's time to change the way you think about ministering to kids and parents!

Kidology Leadership Labs
All Access Leadership Lab 05: Define, Refine and Shine

Are you exhausted? Stress robbing you of the joy of service? Let's learn how to evaluate your children's ministry, while also looking at keeping your life organized.

Kidology Leadership Labs
All Access Karl Explains Fortnite

Karl explains what Fortnite is and how to use it to better connect with your kids.

Fortnite
All Access Volunteer Training: B.O.L.D. Speaking

Learn the secrets of being a speaker that commands attention.

Volunteer Training: Speaking
All Access Volunteer Training: C.A.L.M. Discipline

Discipline that will change the Heart, not just the behavior.

Volunteer Training: Discipline
All Access Volunteer Training: First Impressions Ministry - AKA Kids Check-in

A volunteer training video for check-in volunteers - helping them understand the importance of first impressions. 

Volunteer Training: Kids Check-in
All Access Volunteer Training: Four Keys to a Nurturing Nursery

A volunteer training video on the four keys to a nurturing nursery: is it Safe, Clean, Friendly and Purposeful?

Volunteer Training: Nursery
All Access Volunteer Training: How to be a Super HERO Volunteer

Being a HERO is easy when you know what it takes! But make sure you aren't bringing the wrong "Super Powers" into the classroom when you serve! The Movie Star, the Secret Agent and the Wall Holder are just a few of the heros that you don't want to be. Learn the FOUR MAIN TRAITS of a SUPER HERO who serves in the kids ministry!

Volunteer Training
All Access Volunteer Training: Leading Kids to Christ

Our great joy and opporunity is to lead kids to Jesus!

Volunteer Training: Sharing the Gospel
All Access Volunteer Training: Making Kids Feel Loved

Jesus said we are to be known by our love, but how do we share this love with children?

Volunteer Training: Loving Kids
All Access Volunteer Training: Preteen Survival Guide

Learn the secrets of effective preteen ministry.

Volunteer Training: Preteens
All Access Volunteer Training: The Quest for Quality Questions

Questions are powerful, if used strategically. Learn the 3 types of questions and many secrets to guiding kids learning through questions.

Volunteer Training: Questions
All Access Volunteer Training: The Three Secrets

The 3 Secrets to Having an AWESOME Classroom!

Volunteer Training: Teaching
All Access Volunteer Training: Tips for Teaching Tots

Making ministry to preschoolers a T.R.E.A.T. with this helpful volunteer training video!

Volunteer Training: Teaching Tots
All Access Volunteer Training: What is a Small Group Leader?

Volunteer Training on how to be an Amazing Small Group Leader.

Volunteer Training: Small Group Leaders
All Access Kids Church Cooking Show Episode 1: Hats!

The kick-off episode of "The Kids Church Cooking Show", first training video for The Kids Church Cookbook, takes a look at how you can top things off by creatively using hats in your children's ministry.

The Kids Church Cooking Show
All Access Kids Church Cooking Show Episode 2: Puppets!

The second episode of "The Kids Church Cooking Show", a training video for The Kids Church Cookbook, takes a look at the many ways you can use puppets to enhance your teaching in children's church.

The Kids Church Cooking Show
All Access Kids Church Cooking Show Episode 3: Balloons!

The third episode of "The Kids Church Cooking Show", a BONUS LENGTH training video for The Kids Church Cookbook, which takes a look at the many ways you can use balloons to enhance your teaching in children's church.

The Kids Church Cooking Show
All Access Kids Church Cooking Show Episode 4: Magic!

The fourth episode of "The Kids Church Cooking Show", a training video for The Kids Church Cookbook, takes a look at the many ways you can use magic to enhance your teaching in children's church.

The Kids Church Cooking Show
All Access Ministry Management Part 1 - Personal Management

In this video, Pastor Karl shares four areas that need addressing in order to maintain personal organization and practical tips to manage your schedule, your space, your stuff and your soul.

Personal Management
All Access Ministry Management Part 10 - Marketing Management

Part 10 in Karl's Ministry Management Series - Learn the Four Arenas of Marketing and the Top Four Methods for Messaging.

Marketing
All Access Ministry Management Part 11 - Budget Management

Part 11 in Karl's Ministry Management Series - Learn the Five Proactive Actions Required for Ministry Budgeting

Budgeting
All Access Ministry Management Part 12 - Ministry Management

Part 12 in Karl's Ministry Management Series - The most important part of Ministry Management IS the Ministry

People
All Access Ministry Management Part 2 - Team Management

Part 2 in Karl's Ministry Management Series - Four powerful principles for managing a ministry team.  

Team Management
All Access Ministry Management Part 3 - Volunteer Management

Recruiting is only the beginning! Effective ministry managers must learn how to process new volunteers so that they are placed in the right place, with the right training and in a way that will keep them serving for years to come! You won't have to recruit as much if you retain volunteers God has already given you! In this video, veteran and full time Children's Pastor, Karl Bastian, shares his easy but comprehensive process for making sure no new volunteers slip through the cracks!

Volunteer Management
All Access Ministry Management Part 4 - Meeting Management

Part 4 in Karl's Ministry Management Series - 8 Principles that will make your meetings matter!

Meeting Management
All Access Ministry Management Part 5 - Communication Management

Part 5 in Karl's Ministry Management Series - The Why, What, Who, When and How of Ministry Communication.

Communication Management
All Access Ministry Management Part 6 - Document Management

Part 6 in Karl's Ministry Management Series - Secrets to Managing Your Documents, both Paper and Digital.

Document Management
All Access Ministry Management Part 7 - Crisis Management

Part 7 in Karl's Ministry Management Series - Seven Principles that will help you turn Crises into Ministry Opportunities!

Crisis Management
All Access Ministry Management Part 8 - Task Management

Part 8 in Karl's Ministry Management Series - The Truth, the Tools, the Tasks and the Techniques for keeping on top of your ministry.

Task Management
All Access Ministry Management Part 9 - Event Management

Part 9 in Karl's Ministry Management Series - The Why, What, When, Where, Who and How of Event Management

Event Management
All Access Kids Church Cooking Show Episode 5: Stories!

The fifth episode of "The Kids Church Cooking Show", a training video for The Kids Church Cookbook, takes a look at the many ways you can use storytelling to enhance your teaching in children's church.

The Kids Church Cooking Show
All Access Kids Church Cooking Show Episode 6: Games!

The sixth episode of "The Kids Church Cooking Show", a training video for The Kids Church Cookbook, takes a look at the many ways you can use games to enhance your teaching in children's church.

The Kids Church Cooking Show
All Access Kids Church Cooking Show Episode 7: Object Lessons!

The seventh episode of "The Kids Church Cooking Show", a training video for The Kids Church Cookbook, takes a look at the many ways you can use object lessons to enhance your teaching in children's church.

The Kids Church Cooking Show
All Access The Penny Game

A fast and easy game for connecting with kids that requires only a handful of pennies to have a bundle of fun!

The Kidology Lab
All Access The Magic Hank

A fast and easy magic trick anyone can do - make a handkerchief bow down at your very command! That is, when he chooses to obey!

The Kidology Lab
All Access The Sugar Packet Puzzle

Here is a fun, challenging but entertaining puzzle you can do with kids right at the table in a restaurant. It's so easy it's hard! But the kids will have a fun time as you connect with them through this handy game.

The Kidology Lab
All Access The Vanishing Salt Shaker

Amaze the kids the next time you eat out by making the restaurant's salt shaker pass right through a solid table! No secret props, use only materials at the table. It's a fun way to connect with kids the next time you eat out!

The Kidology Lab
All Access The Amazing Quarter and Dime Trick

In this Kidology Lab, Karl shows you how to pass a quarter through a hole the size of a dime. It's impossible! (Unless you know the secret.) It's a great object lesson on how God can do the impossible!

The Kidology Lab
All Access Walk Through Paper!

In this Kidology Lab, Karl Bastian, the Kidologist - shows you an amazing trick you can do for your kids, with a bonus fun gag that always gets a laugh. Without cutting the edges of a normal piece of paper, Karl will show you how to cut a hole in the paper large enough for an entire person to pass through. Sounds impossible! It is, unless you know the secret.

The Kidology Lab
All Access 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.

Leadership Development
All Access Tips for Teaching All Ages

This was a volunteer training session in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin in 2014. The topic is ministry to kids of all ages - from nursery tips (how to quiet any crying baby) to preschool and grade school tips for relating to and teaching children.

Teacher Training
All Access Secrets of Effective Kid Communicators

10 Secrets of Effective Kid Communicators

Teacher Training
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