Doug Olson
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40 Days In The Word - Rick Warren / Saddleback

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Does your kidmin have a special needs component?

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Starting a Special Needs Ministry?

How To Begin a Special Needs MinistrySummary:What do you do? Where do you start? What do we need? Practical tips to get some thoughts flowing with your team. Love and acceptance are key to the start of ministry with special needs kids. How do you start a special needs ministry? I have been asked this many times. It's not an easy answer. I've put a ton of thought into the best recommendations on how to begin. These aren't specific steps that will make ministry instantly happen. However, they are…See More
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Invite Them In Special Needs Ministry ebook

My heart for special needs kids and my passion for all kids to know Jesus collided a few years ago. When I was called to full time ministry I was not sure how God was going to use my 21 years experience in special education. After a few years in ministry it became clear the direction God was guiding me. Interest in equipping and…See More
May 28, 2015
Doug Olson is attending Michael Chanley's event

Children's Ministry Conference at Louisville, KY

April 15, 2015 at 9am to April 17, 2015 at 10pm
A few notes about our event...Who is speaking at this event?   Jim Wideman, Beth Guckenberger, Brad Tate, Yancy, Michael Chanley, Bo Harrington, Chad Owens, Wayne Stocks and others to be added soon!What the what? Why another Children's Ministry Conference?   Our community has asked us for several years to create an event to bring together the connections made online at CMConnect. Now, we have an opportunity to do so! More…See More
Mar 18, 2015
Doug Olson joined Ron Brooks's group

Kids Ministry Collective

The Kids Ministry Collective (KMC) is a radio podcast on cmconnect. Our desire is to use the strength of the collective knowledge and experience of the kids ministry community to help encourage, strengthen, sharpen and entertain the people who will listen.  We will use this group, our facebook group, and cmconnect chat to interact and get ideas and questions to discuss.  Feel free to share--the collective is stronger when more are involved.See More
Mar 17, 2015
Doug Olson joined Vangie Rodenbeck's group

Shaping Special Hearts

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Sep 24, 2013
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Number of members attending your church:
Number of children attending your weekend services (birth to 5th grade):
Which age groups do you work with (check all that apply):
Nursery, Preschool, K-1st, 2nd-3rd, 4th-5th, Other
Masters in Educational Leadership
Other Things About Me:
I am the Pastor to Families with Children at Findlay E Free. I am excited to see where God is going to take me on this new adventure!

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Starting a Special Needs Ministry?

Posted on June 11, 2015 at 11:44am 0 Comments

How To Begin a Special Needs Ministry

What do you do? Where do you start? What do we need? Practical tips to get some thoughts flowing with your team.…


Invite Them In Special Needs Ministry ebook

Posted on May 28, 2015 at 2:36pm 0 Comments

My heart for special needs kids and my passion for all kids to know Jesus collided a few years ago. When I was called to full time ministry I was not sure how God was going to use my 21 years experience in special education. After a few years in ministry it became clear the direction God was guiding me. Interest in…



Posted on August 2, 2011 at 1:03pm 0 Comments

"Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see. Through their faith, the people in days of old earned a good reputation." Hebrews 11:1-2


One of the kid's church songs that I love is one the kids shout F-A-I-T-H. Truth be told that's probably one of the reasons I like it so much is that kids can worship by being kids. It is a loud song. They really do SHOUT the… Continue

9 Things They Didn't Teach Me In College About Children's Ministry

Posted on April 12, 2011 at 11:50am 0 Comments

I did not go to college for Children’s Ministry so when I began reading this book I was interested in hearing about Children’s Ministry from this perspective. Ryan Frank has done an outstanding job of providing a concise, easy to read collaboration that is sure to help even the most seasoned Children’s Ministry Director/Pastor.

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They Don’t Come With Owners Manuals?  or do they?

Posted on March 6, 2011 at 9:58pm 0 Comments

They Don’t Come With Owners Manuals? or do they?

The past week has been somewhat difficult in the parenting department around our house. My bride was frustrated and nearly in tears with the choices my teenage and nearly teenage boys were making. They were not doing anything that would cause us any great cause for concern but were choosing to live their lives as if they were deserving of the very best at all times. My wife said it best, they are living like princes. Heir to the Throne… Continue

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At 1:48pm on June 21, 2011, Bob Heath said…

Thanks for joining the group Kids for Christ USA, as you may know we assist parents and/or students in planting and facilitating before or after school Bible clubs on public school campuses. Feel free to call me 918.409.0578 with questions. Also, my book "Reaching A New Generation of Kids for Christ" is available in paperback or on the three major digital formats through my website,

Also, I will go anywhere for any size group to pour vision and to train people to do this. I would love to help you if you are interested.

Bob Heath
Text: 918.902.2442
At 11:44am on April 12, 2011, danielle bell said…
good to connect with you on here, too!
At 11:58am on February 16, 2011, Bob Heath said…
Doug, just wanted to take a second and make myself available to help you if you are interested reaching kids in the schools thru the vehicle of Bible CLubs.  Call me anytime at 918.409.0578.   FYI: I am a MI native and would love to help you reach Cadillac.  --bob
At 11:31pm on November 17, 2010, Sabra Desauer said…
You probably know Tammy Hill, she is a really good friend of mine and my girls are in the same class as Natalie. Yes our Trunk or Treats are wonderful. We do a blacklight puppet show in the church too that is always a hit. I am the Children's Ministry Director. You should check us out sometime.
At 7:28pm on November 14, 2010, Barney Kinard said…
Doug, you are right, this has been a quiet group. I think they are all on the road speaking to kids. LOL
At 10:27pm on November 12, 2010, Sabra Desauer said…
Hi Doug,
I haven't had a lot of time to spend on here yet, so still trying to make my way around and figure it out. One of my really good firends works for Steve B at his resort, and loves New Hope in Acme, I knew there was a Bellaire plant, but didn't realize they were in Cadillac. Ask your in-laws if they know the church that does the BIG trunk or treat, that is us. We are also the ones who have been building a new church, trying to go in debt free, God is so good to us!
At 12:06pm on October 30, 2008, Alan Root said…
Hey Doug- you are an encourager DELUXE. Chick-caugo was already my favorite big city- I sold jingles there for years and my family spent one of our Christmases on North Mich Ave- but after Kidology U, it went over the top in my book. Karl is so delightful and his heart for ministry is intimidating! Great to meet you, my friend, and Jesus bless your ministry and your head.
At 10:47pm on July 28, 2008, DENISE SILVA said…
yes, Power Lab was one of the best VBS ever!! We had an amazing time, I'm trying to condense all the pictures in one album so I can share it here!
At 12:04pm on July 25, 2008, Jerry Moyer "The Jubilee Gang" said…
Thank you for your friendship!
God Bless You!
The Jubilee Gang
At 9:09am on July 25, 2008, Amanda Hildabrand said…
Hi Doug - I'm not sure how we might know each other. I've always lived in Michigan (the Grand Rapids area). I've been in the radio business for that's how you might know my name. (btw, the picture is at South Haven...but we love visiting Grand Haven too!)


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