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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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. 

Prayer
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.

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 salvationpoem.com. This video was created by Kidology.org 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?

Countdowns
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!

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!

Recruiting
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.

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

Disciple your kids with My Awesome Adventure!

Discipleship
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.

Evangelism
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
Starter FUNTASTIC ACTIVITY BOOKLET

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
Starter ALL ABOUT ME

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

All About Me - With Kids In Mind
Starter "Why would you write a Halloween series?!?!"

I don’t “celebrate” Halloween. I wish it didn’t exist. But it does. And the decision regarding whether or not to write this unit was not an easy one.

Spooky Halloween Series - With Kids In Mind
Starter Volunteer Training

Ongoing training of your team is critical – but CHALLENGING!

Volunteer Training - With Kids In Mind
Starter The Purpose-Driven Game

Games are a key part of Children’s Ministry. I believe no kids service is complete without a well-planned intentional game. However, no game should just be a time-filler. 

Games - With Kids In Mind
All Access Recruiting Tool: Fabulous Superhero

A Superhero Themed Recruiting Tool

Recruiting Tool
Starter PASSION

What is your passion? Are you living it? Did you know you can?

Passion in Ministry
Starter The LOVE Patrol

What is the most important volunteer role in your Children’s Church service? 

Volunteers
Starter DILIGENCE

Many people start things, far fewer finish them, and diligence determines the difference.

Diligence in Ministry
All Access Prayer Boosts and Sliders Interactive Prayer Walk

A Prayer Walk Based on the Classic Game of Chutes and Ladders

Prayer Walk
Starter ACTION

There are three types of people in this world...

Action in Ministry
Starter IMITATION

“Imitation is the Highest Form of Flattery.”

Imitation in Ministry
Starter INVESTMENT

There is no greater way to see a return on your investment of time and resources than investing in the spiritual development of your leaders and children.

Investment in Ministry
Starter ACCOUNTABILITY

How do you continue long-term discipleship without seeming nosey?

Accountability in Ministry
Starter PRAYER

What if I told you that I only pray once a day?

Prayer in Ministry
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
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