Kidology (The Volunteer Toolbox – Resource #1)

Wayne Stocks —  November 25, 2010

VTB KidologyWelcome to a new feature here on Kidmin1124.com.  This site was started to serve two principal groups:

  1. Those who volunteer or work bi-vocationally in children’s ministry; and
  2. Those who lead them.

We have endeavored to reach both of these audiences with the articles and discussion on this site, and today I am happy to unveil a new series on this site simply called The Volunteer Toolbox.  In this series, we will introduce you to various resources (internet sites, blogs, social networks, books, magazines, etc.) which a volunteer in children’s ministry should have in their figurative toolbox.  There are many resources out there today, and we have endeavored to pick the best of the best.  To continue the analogy, the point of this series is to give you the hammers, and screwdrivers and pliers for your toolbox.  There are plenty of specialty tools out there as well, but we want to focus on those tools we think you will use over and over again.  Many of those who are familiar with Children’s Ministry will no doubt of heard of many of these resources – for those people we hope that this series will serve as a reminder of some great resources.  For those new to children’s ministry, volunteers, and others who have not dug as deeply, we hope this series will introduce to some resources which you will eventually find as indispensable as we do!

Our very first tool for the toolbox is one that I discovered shortly after I started volunteering in children’s ministry, and one that I have grown to rely on more and more ever since.  That site is:

KIDOLOGY.ORG

logoFounded by the Kidologist, Karl Bastian, Kidology.org is one of the oldest sites on the internet dedicated to children’s ministry.  Rumor has it that Karl came up with the idea for Kidology shortly after inventing the wheel. Smile Here is how the website describes itself:

Kidology is a non-profit organization that exists to equip and encourage those who minister to children. Our primary ministry is Kidology.org, a website where each day over 20,000 children’s ministry leaders and volunteers find help, ideas, training, and resources that enable them to most effectively reach and teach kids.

There are a variety of membership levels available to Kidology.  Much of Kidology is free to anyone without joining.  For $60 per year, you can get a premium membership which gives you access to a whole lot more.  I started with the free basic membership myself and upgraded to the premium membership within just a couple of weeks.  It will be the best money that you ever send.  The amount of information available on Kidology is astounding.  There is also curriculum available on the site, but my absolute favorite feature of the site is its forums.  No matter how simple or complex your question is, the Kidology forums are a great place to find an answer.

The information in Kidology is divided into a series of zones which include:

  • Kidologist Zone
  • Kidology Reports
  • Karl’s Novel
  • Administration
  • Articles
  • Audio Adventures
  • Baptism
  • Bulletin Inserts
  • Christmas
  • Crafts
  • Creative Ideas
  • Curriculum
  • Devotionals
  • Easter
  • Evangelism
  • Family Devos
  • Father’s Day
  • Forum Q&A Series
  • Games
  • Gospel Magic
  • Halloween
  • Holiday Ideas
  • Humor
  • Kid’s Church Lessons
  • Lesson Plans
  • Missions
  • Mother’s Day
  • Movie Reviews
  • Music
  • Object Lessons
  • Patriotic
  • Power Point
  • Puppetry
  • Reviews
  • Short Talks
  • Stories
  • Thanksgiving
  • Valentine’s Day
  • Videos
  • Worship Videos
  • Spotlight Ministry Resources
  • Growing Edge

Fortunately, with all those options, Kidology also has a great search engine which is how I find stuff when I’m looking for it.

Wayne Stocks

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Wayne is married to a wonderful woman and has four kids whom God uses to teach him on an almost daily basis. He is blessed to volunteer in a wonderful children's ministry at New Life Church Gahanna. He established Kidmin1124 for those who give their time to kids and feel passionately about children's ministry. When he isn't working on Kidmin1124, he maintains another blog at WayneStocks.com and contributes articles on a regular basis to Ministry-to-Children.com.

5 responses to Kidology (The Volunteer Toolbox – Resource #1)

  1. Nice over view Wayne, thanks for the wonderful mention of Kidology. It is nice how Kidology was definitely one of those kids ministry web sites first out of the starting gates which did blaze a trail for others and it happens to be your first mention out of the gates as well.

    Again, thanks for such a kind mention and thanks for being such a blessing yourself.

    • Todd,

      Thanks for your comment. I think we are all grateful to Karl for blazing the trail and to people like yourself who help to make Kidology such a useful site. Your hearts for people who do kidmin is clear! There are three sites related to children’s ministry which I am on virtually every day – Kidology is one of those and has been from the beginning. Thanks for all you guys do for the Children’s Ministry community. I hope you and your family have a great Thanksgiving!

      Take care.

  2. Absolutely love Kidology!! I would be lost without it. There are so many ideas and really good trainging too.

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