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StorySticks Demo Video
Watch as Karl performs a Story Sticks demo of the Story of the Paralytic Man.
How To Do a Bible Sword Drill
Are you interested in learning how to do a Bible Sword Drill? Here are some clear instructions for how to effectively do a Bible Sword Drill in your children's ministry!
|Bible Sword Drills
Recruiting Tool: NEW YEAR Flyer
A fun flyer to invite folks to consider the ONE New Years Resolution that will take care of all of them: Serving in kids ministry!
|New Year Recruiting Flyer
Recruiting Tool: Valentine's Cards
Send home Valentine's that are also recruiting cards that invite folks to join the children's ministry in sharing God's love with children.
Recruiting Tool: Fun RSVP Menu Style Flyer
Your recruiting should be fun and attractive! Here is an RSVP Card to "Reserve a Spot in the Children's Ministry," complete with a complete menu of ways a volunteer can get invoved. Custom serving has arrived!
100 Ways to Show Your Kids LOVE!
100 EASY (and FUN) ways to show LOVE to your kids
50 Ways to Discover New Workers
Need some new workers in your children's minsitry? (Who doesn't?!?) Here are a variety of recruiting ideas compiled by the Kidologist.
Being a HELPful Volunteer!
How can a volunteer truly H.E.L.P. their leader?
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
HELP! I'm Recruiting!
8 Tips on Recruiting from Karl Bastian
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!
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.
It's About Relationships
There is no shortage of programs, resources, or ideas in children’s ministry today—but at the end of the day, what is most effective in reaching kids for the Gospel hasn’t changed in a hundred years—it’s building relationships and personally introducing children to the Savior. This ebook is loaded with practical ideas on how to have a more relational ministry. You’ll be surprised by the results!
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
Recruiting Tool: Job Description Flyers
Customizable Job Description Flyers
Security Tag Signs
Signs for both the Check-in area and classrooms stating the importance and requirement to use the security tags for pick up.
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?
Teen Training Session
Here is everything you need to hold a Teen Training Volunteer Session to inspire, instruct and instill confidence in your youth volunteers.
|Teen Volunteer Training
The LOVE Patrol
What is the most important volunteer role in your Children’s Church service?
Volunteer Recruitment is Best Through Relationships
Become more relational with your volunteers while recruiting.
Volunteer Spotlight Templates
A simple fun way to recognize new or super volunteers! Just add a pictures and some interesting facts and post outside the room they serve in!
We Know This Story Already!
How can you teach the standard Bible stories and still engage those kids who "already know this one"?
|Bringing Stories to Life
You Don't Have a Recruiting Problem
I hear it often... "I'm having trouble recruiting." May I be so bold as to suggest your problem isn't recruiting. If you focus on something far more important than recruiting, you'll have all the volunteers you'll ever need. You may even have extras! Read on for the secret to building the largest team in the church!
Recruiting Tool: Volunteer Encouragement Postcards
Four volunteer encouragement postcards.
Recruiting Tool: Parent Survey
Parent Survey print-outs to encourage volunteering in the Children's Ministry.
Recruiting Tool: Super Volunteer Poster
A fun poster highlighting the traits that make a Super Volunteer!
|Recruiting SUPER Volunteers
Recruiting Tool: Back-To-School Checklist
Use this fun back-to-school checklist to recruit parents into the kids ministry.
Recruiting Tool: Join Me
Give this fun flyer to your volunteers and have them give to a friend to invite them to serve in kids ministry.
"I Can't Feel God Today"
What will you say when a little child says to you, “I can’t feel God today”?
"Kindergarten Welcome Wagon" - Great Way To Welcome Preschoolers Into Elementary Ministry
Welcome your Kindergartener's into kids church with a special event designed just for them (and their parents)!
"Welcome One and All" - Lesson on Matthew 10:40-42
Use this lesson plan when teaching from Matthew 10:40-42 in your children’s Sunday School class. We’ve included complete teaching notes, game ideas, craft projects, and more. It’s everything you need to teach this Bible lesson to kids.
"Whether" getting you down?
Find out how you can calm the 'whethers' in your kids' lives, even if you can't control the 'weather'.
"Worth the Cost" Children's Sermon
Following Jesus isn’t always easy, but kids need to know it’s worth the cost. Use this children’s sermon and object lesson to teach Matthew 16:21-28 to children.
10 Easy Ways to Partner with Families in Your Ministry
Ten easy steps to help you get started on your goal to partner with families in your church.
|Partnering with Parents, Leadership, Equipping
10 Fun Ideas For A Friendship Lesson
Use these ideas when teaching about friendship.
10 Interactive Storytelling Ideas for Elementary Kids
Use these awesome tips to make your teaching more interactive!
10 Scripture Passages for Children's Ministry
Here are 10 Bible passages for every kidmin to know. They will provide a Scriptural foundation for their ministry.
|Bible, Leadership, Philosophy of Ministry
10 Things Children's Ministry Volunteers Expect and Deserve!
What do volunteers really need from their leaders to give them support and help them feel appreciated? Hear what these volunteers said.
10 Tips To Help You Prepare for the Fall
Fall is right around the corner, and we have to be ready! Prepare now by keeping the following tips in mind.
|Preparation for Fall
100 Questions for Kids - Easy Conversation Starters in English
Do you have trouble engaging with kids? Try these 100 questions to get you started.
11 Great Team Meeting Questions
Make your staff/volunteer meetings more productive and focused.
|Volunteers, Meetings, Training
110 Reasons I Love Children's Ministry
Need a good reason to love Children's Ministry? How about 110 reasons?
15 Prayers for Kids in School
Let’s commit to intentionally praying for our kids this school year.
|Prayer, Back to School
21 Questions to Ask Those You Lead
One of the most important skills a leader needs to learn is to listen. Here are 21 crucial questions we need to learn to ask.
3 Characteristics of Healthy Teams
Two people are better than one. They get more done by working together. Ecclesiastes 4:9
3 Delegation Tips for Busy Kidmin Volunteers
In charge of ministry? You don't have to do it all!
|Volunteers, Delegation, Administration
3 Keys to Add More Volunteers To Your Ministry Team
How do you get more volunteers into your children's ministry?
3 Paper Craft Ideas for Thanksgiving
Paper Crafts for Teaching Thankfulness to Kids