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January 13, 2017

Justin Graves Band Provides Fun Music For The Whole Family

I am so excited to introduce you to some friends of mine!  I met Justin, Michelle, and Gabi at a Kidmin Conference in Tennessee several years ago.  I was instantly drawn in by their infectious personalities, melodies, and love for the Lord! Several months ago, Justin showed me some of the music they had been working on.  He also let me know that his family was expanding their ministry and had made a HUGE move recently.  As we talked, I felt strongly that I should share with my "blog family" all about Justin Graves Band and how YOU can be […]
February 22, 2016

"Time Change Funk" (Parody of "Uptown Funk")

Every year, our church does a great job at poking fun of Time Change Sunday (the day that clocks Spring an hour forward and for some reason people freak out because they are losing an hour of sleep).  To keep people from forgetting and ultimately being late for church that day, we create crazy videos to remind everyone. The last few years, we have done parody songs and videos of the hottest pop songs of the day.  Well, this year is no different.  For your entertainment, here is a parody of “Uptown Funk” (Grammy award winner for Song of the Year […]
July 6, 2015

My Blog Turns 4 Years Old TODAY!

Well, it was four years ago TODAY that I launched "Brian's Blog."  It has been a wild ride, and I have loved every minute of it.  This blog has grown from ZERO to over 25,000 monthly readers.  I could never have imagined that.  It's by GOD'S grace that any of this has happened.  I am so honored to be a part of the lives of so many Kids Ministry Leaders and Parents who read my articles. Would you help me celebrate my four year birthday?  In return, I will give YOU a birthday present!  Can't beat that! When I launched this […]
December 29, 2014

Most Popular Posts Of 2014

It's hard to believe, but 2014 is almost over.  What a year it has been.  I am so honored that you choose to share some of your precious time with me as we journey together.  Each person who reads this blog is committed to reaching the next generation with the message of Jesus in the most powerful and effective way we can. I took some time to check out which of my posts were the most popular in 2014.  It was a banner year for this blog as we added thousands of new followers.  Here are the TOP FIVE posts […]
November 28, 2014

FUN FRIDAY: Brand New "Star Wars Episode 7" Teaser

OK, the little kid in me is going nuts as I just got the first look at the teaser trailer for "Star Wars Episode VII:  The Force Awakens."  It looks amazing!  Check it out for yourself! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=erLk59H86ww
September 10, 2014

A Helpful Resource To Help Teach Young Children About Creation

Throughout their academic life, children will have to face the onslaught of scientific theories, teachers, professors, and peers who will pressure them into leaving behind the "primitive and uneducated" belief that Earth was created by Almighty God.  A recent Gallup poll reveals that over 60% of Americans believe in the theory of evolution - many of them believing that it is the PRIMARY explanation for where life on Earth comes from.   Earlier this year, Ken Ham, a well-known Christian apologist debated the outspoken evolutionist, Bill Nye (the Science Guy).  It was a classic  (and public) Creation-versus-Evolution debate.  Nye is more […]
June 23, 2014

Get A FREE Copy Of My New E-Book, "Kidminnovation"

I have been waiting on this day for a long time!  Today, I release my brand new e-book, "Kidminnovation."  (#Kidmin + Innovation = Kidminnovation)  The message of this book has been building in me for many years.  I had the opportunity to speak at INCM's "CM Leaders" event two years ago on this subject.  Ever since, I have had many Kidmin Leaders asking me to write more about it and help them unlock the creativity inside of them. The premise of the book is that EVERYONE has creative potential.  In Kidmin today, I see so many people falling short of their creative […]
June 20, 2014

FUN FRIDAY: "Goliath" Debuts At Six Flags Great America

Confession:  I am a HUGE roller coaster fan!  If I hear of a death-defying roller coaster within driving distance, I am usually there pretty soon.  Well, I just caught wind of this one!  It's in Chicago, so......maybe someday! It's called "GOLIATH!"  It's the fastest, tallest, and steepest wooden roller coaster in the world!  If you dare, expect to plunge down 180 feet while rocketing through twists and turns at 72 miles per hour at a near vertical 85 degree angle. Check out this front seat POV video:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0oefUJZU5ms Definitely going to have to check this one out!  By the way, […]
June 19, 2014

Kindred Creative: It's Like Having A Full-Time Graphic Artist For Your Ministry

If you are like me, you are ALWAYS in need of great artwork and graphics!  Many kids are visual learners and need to be immersed in their environment to really experience the truth we are presenting.  Well, as Kids Ministry Leaders, you know how hard it can be to have a professional brand and online presence in ministry.  It's expensive, resources are difficult to find, and frankly, its confusing! Well, not anymore!  Enter "Kindred Creative" - owned by a good friend of mine, Kate!  Kate and her husband are full-time ministers (church planters, even) who had these same frustrations 8 years […]
May 16, 2014

FUN FRIDAY - "The World's Luckiest Unlucky Man"

This is a CRAZY story!  I have no idea if it is all completely true, but if it is - there is no doubt this guy MUST have been a Christian.  God's hand was obviously on him to get him through all of this.  WOW!!!!   Enjoy this on "FUN FRIDAY!" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZyUWLW7kEI
April 25, 2014

Fun Friday: "Mr. T - Treat Your Mother Right"

I ran across this video the other day because my friend, Jeremy Lee (of ParentMinistry.net) uses a portion of this song in his Parent Ministry Podcast which I was blessed to be the guest on this week.  It is hilarious!  Although I am a child of the 80s and a HUGE fan, it emcompasses everything that was WRONG with the 80s.  Bad choreography, hilarious fashion, cheesy concepts, and bad acting.  But, it is so EPIC!!! Since Mother's Day is coming up, I thought I would share it with you! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7SBrwUs9fA
April 18, 2014

There's A Keystone Cop At Jesus' Tomb

It was perhaps one of the most embarrassing moments of my life:  Easter, 2003. That year, I was chosen to be the narrator in our church’s Easter production. To prepare for the event, I had grown a full beard and dressed in full Biblical costume. In the middle of the final production, when Jesus was arrested, tried, and crucified, I left the stage for about 15 minutes because I didn’t have any lines.  During this interval, I wanted to go to our Media Production Room to watch the production on the television monitors.  On my way there, I passed by […]
April 16, 2014

Blog Contest Winner Announced - And How YOU Can Help!

Thanks to all of you who have subscribed to the blog in the last week!  It's such a crazy thought to me that over 8,000 people are following this blog!  I am so appreciative of your support in this endeavor to provide information, inspiration, and motivation to all of my friends in the Kidmin Community. I am pleased to announce the WINNER of our contest!  Out of ALL of the subscribers, the winner of the $100 Shopping Spree on High Voltage Kids Ministry Resources is Andrea Blanton!  She should really enjoy that shopping spree this week in our EASTER ZONE!  […]
April 6, 2014

Win $100 Shopping Spree From High Voltage Kids Ministry

High Voltage Kids Ministry is a ministry I founded over ten years ago! I want to give you a $100 shopping spree to High Voltage Kids Ministry just for becoming an email subscriber to this blog. Many of you visit the blog via Twitter, Facebook, and other social media outlets. Well, how would you like to AUTOMATICALLY receive these posts directly in your inbox within moments of them being posted? All you have to do is enter your email address in the space provided in the RIGHT HAND COLUMN of this blog where it says "SUBSCRIBE To Brian's Blog Via […]
March 28, 2014

"March Madness" For The "Final Four" Days In March

I am sure you are all enjoying the incredible NCAA Basketball going on during "March Madness."  Well, at High Voltage Kids Ministry, we have a little "MARCH MADNESS" of our own going on.  For the "FINAL FOUR" days of March, we are offering 50% OFF several of our most popular Kidmin Curriculum titles: No coupon code required!  Just visit our website HERE and you will save 50% OFF these five titles!  Better hurry!  This only lasts until midnight March 31st!
March 24, 2014

Will The "NOAH" Movie Corrupt Our Children?

By now, you have surely heard that Hollywood is releasing "NOAH" this Friday, March 28th.  The movie stars Russell Crowe, as Noah, as well as several other A-list actors such as Anthony Hopkins, Emma Watson, and others.  You are probably also keenly aware of the firestorm of criticism this movie has already received from Christian Leaders - some who have seen the movie and some who have not. There are leaders calling for a boycott of the movie, declaring it heresy.  There are those who have even suggested this movie will corrupt a generation of children from knowing the truth […]
March 21, 2014

Fun Friday: "New Baby Buggy"

I am a huge fan of "Wheel Of Fortune."  I remember watching it every night at 6:30 as a kid while my family ate dinner together.  I still love it.  I am good with words (go figure), so it's always fun to try to see if I can guess the puzzle before the contestants.  Sometimes I can...this time - NO WAY!  This guy was amazing!  Hardly anything to choose from, then BOOM!  Check it out! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BobNg1-CSH4
March 14, 2014

These Parents Have A Case Of Brain "Freeze" (FUN FRIDAY)

It's FUN FRIDAY, everybody! I don't know about the kids in YOUR community, but all of my kids are obsessed with "FROZEN." I admit, I liked the movie. I loved the music. I did fall asleep in the middle of it, but that happens to me in just about every movie I see (turn off the lights and I am out). These parents were on a road trip with their young daughter. What ensues is a definite case of brain "freeze." They starting enjoying themselves a little too much as they sang "Love Is An Open Door." Keep a sharp […]
March 7, 2014

FUN FRIDAY: "Time-Change-ian Rhapsody"

For those of you who don't know, this Sunday is "Time Change Sunday!"  It's the day to SPRING FORWARD and set your clocks ahead one hour!  Every year, our church does CRAZY video to help people remember to do this.  The most recent one just might take the cake.  It's a parody of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody."  I got to perform in this one.  Look for me in the top middle.  Oh my!  Hold on to your seats for this one! https://vimeo.com/88010249 If you want to see some of the other fun ones we have done.  Check out these other posts: […]
February 28, 2014

FUN Friday: "Church Signs" (parody of "Blurred Lines")

One of my pet peeves are church signs that are used to display silly little saying that every church gets out of the same book or off the same website.  Church signs should be used to tell the community WHAT IS HAPPENING at the church (service times, upcoming events, etc.)  My personal opinion is that the world is not impressed with our "Eternity:  your choice - smoking or non-smoking" humor. So, when I saw this very well-done video - I had to share it.  One of the best parodies I have ever seen.  Hilarious!  Check it out! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FCRzjRxmvgI
February 14, 2014

FUN Friday: "Olympic Skiers Attacked By Star Wars Imperial Walkers"

I am sure you have all enjoyed the Winter Olympic coverage the past week.  Certainly, it is awesome to watch these incredible athletes accomplish things that most of us could only dream of doing. To go along with the Olympic theme, this week's FUN FRIDAY is one of the most creative Olympic Spoof videos I have seen.  Watch, as Star Wars' Imperial Walkers (AT-ATs) shoot lasers to disrupt Olympic hopefuls' chances at a gold medal.  It's all in fun, folks.  So, just laugh... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_mKVJeA-wTw
February 12, 2014

"Heaven Is For Real" - Movie Review

I was honored to be sent a "screener" version of the upcoming film, "Heaven Is For Real."   I have to admit, I had not read the book, so I was coming from a completely open-minded position.  I was thoroughly impressed. This is, by far, one of the most entertaining, moving, and professional "Christian" movies I have ever seen.  Greg Kinnear (Oscar nominated actor) turns in a very emotional performance as Todd Burpo, a father/pastor who is faced with whether or not to believe his son's account of his "visit to Heaven."  The cast is solid, the acting is stellar, […]
February 7, 2014

FUN FRIDAY: "What If Conference Calls Happened In Real Life?"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYu_bGbZiiQ#t=210   If you have ever done participated in one of those dreaded "Conference Calls," you will absolutely laugh your head off at this hilarious video that depicts WHAT IF those conference calls took place (as is) in person.  HILARIOUS!
February 3, 2014

FREE Kids Church Lesson For Valentine's Day Weekend

As most of you know, I am the founder of High Voltage Kids Ministry Resources.  We wanted to BLESS you with this FREE lesson from one of our Curriculum Packs. This lesson is perfect for the weekend of Valentine's Day. This is a lesson (previously released in our "Ten For Life" series) that teaches the children all about REAL LOVE. If we love God, then we will also show LOVE to others. If we do not LOVE others, then the Bible says that we don't really LOVE God. Join Max Montgomery, Boffo, and Missy S. Nob on "The TEN Show" as Missy […]
January 31, 2014

FUN FRIDAY: Delta's On An 80's Trip!

I love creativity!  I especially love when someone can take something that has been around for years and give it a fresh, bold, creative twist so that it piques the interest of the audience once again. Delta has done exactly this with their "in-flight safety" instructional video.  Being a child of the 80's, it was fun to identify all of the wacky 80's references they showed:  ALF, Teddy Ruxpin, Rubik's Cube, Devo, and more!  See if you can find them all! Ask yourself, what is something in your Kids Ministry that can use a new dose of creativity?  What activity, […]
January 17, 2014

FUN Friday: "Get Off The Phone!" Song

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nfUD0WhE264 Ever since I saw them perform as "The Fabulous Bentley Brothers" on Phil Vischer's "What's In The Bible?," I have been a huge fan of Rhett and Link.  These two guys have made a living creating hilarious videos for YouTube.  My son, Jordan, is one of their biggest fans. Rhett and Link are such talented guys.  Not only are they HILARIOUS, but they actually are very gifted songwriters and performers.  They have many parody songs that will make you laugh out loud.  This is definitely one of them!  The "Get Off The Phone!" Song is a humorous commentary on […]
January 16, 2014

Have you heard about "Kidzmatter Pro?"

It was only a few years ago that my friend, Ryan Frank, started Kidzmatter as a means to equip and inspire Kids Ministry Leaders.  In the years since, Kidzmatter has grown to become one of THE premier sources for resources and materials. Now, Kidzmatter is introducing an annual subscription called KidzMatter Pro which gives Kidmin Leaders access to a ton of great resources they can use in their children’s ministry, like: The highly-rated This iKnow Curriculum for Elementary and Preschool Teacher-friendly lessons to use anytime Quick and easy activities Fun, kid-friendly games Inspiring Worship Music Bible-based images Volunteer-friendly resources And […]
January 10, 2014

FUN FRIDAY: "It's Not About The Nail!"

This is one of the funniest videos I have ever seen.  I was reminded of it last night at an event I attended, so I wanted to share it with those of you who may not have seen it yet.  It is certainly something that EVERY man can relate to.  A word of advice:  "Don't try to fix it, just listen."  (if only I would heed my own advice more often, LOL) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4EDhdAHrOg
January 3, 2014

BLOOPER Reel 2013

Our Kids Ministry shoots a LOT of video!  As you know, you can't be perfect every time.  As a result, we enjoy poking fun of ourselves by producing a blooper reel for every single series we produce at High Voltage Kids Ministry Resources.  Well, here is a compilation of some of our biggest mishaps, miscues, and misfortunes for the year 2013! Those of you who use our Kidmin Curriculum will want to check this out!  It will give you a behind-the-scenes preview of some of what is coming your way in 2014!  Pull up a seat...and laugh...at us! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qw2VDlFqKVY&feature=youtu.be  
December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas - A Gift For You

Christmas is a time to gather the family and friends and celebrate the birth of our Lord.  It's also a time to express love and appreciation to those who mean a lot to you - and even give gifts.  So, I wanted to express to my friends and family in the Kidmin Community how much I appreciate each of you!  Thanks for the support and participation which make Brian's Blog such a valuable tool for Kids Ministry Leaders around the world. I would like to give all of you a special gift.  Here is a FREE download of a brand […]
December 20, 2013

FUN FRIDAY: Coca Cola Parenthood Ad

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4sNlcwAh83Y If you haven't seen this ad by now, you owe it to yourself to watch!  It's a very real-to-life portrayal of the unpredictable roller-coaster that is Parenthood.  It will have you laughing and warm your heart all within one minute. It's a great reminder to those of us in Kids Ministry as well.  Kids Ministry is not all "neat and tidy."  Sometimes it can be a really messy job (and not only because of the messes that little ones can make).  In the end, the result is the JOY of knowing that you are affecting a life for eternity.  […]
September 3, 2013

New Kidmin Resource That Will SHOCK You!

As many of you know, I am the founder of High Voltage Kids Ministry Resources.  We started providing Kids Ministry Curriculum back in 2004.  In the last decade, we have been blessed to see over 5000 churches use our materials.  Many kids have been saved and blessed as a result! Well, on September 1st, we launched a BRAND NEW line of curriculum:  High Voltage Power Packs.  The very first series in this new product line is "HELP!" “HELP!” teaches children to call on God in times of trouble.  Explores the topics of  healing, depression, stress, wisdom, and loneliness through the […]
July 15, 2013

"THE BIG ANNOUNCEMENT"

https://vimeo.com/70308815 Hey everyone! I've been teasing all of our customers at High Voltage Kids Ministry Resources that on July 15th, we will make a BIG announcement. I thought I would share it with you as well! Hopefully, you will find it helpful for your ministry!
July 9, 2013

Who Is This Clown?

This past weekend, we launched our "Family Month" event.  This is something we do every year during the month of July.  We always bring in outside ministry guests and have FREE family ministry/entertainment during our Sunday Night services that are dedicated to bringing the entire family together. Our first guest was "Chagy the Clown."  Chagy did an incredible job.  He was one of the best guests we have had - EVER!  Here are a couple of reasons why he was such a hit! 1)  He was FUNNY! - Everyone loves to laugh!  Chagy connected with the youngest and the oldest […]
June 27, 2013

Should Kids Pastors Talk To Their Groups About "Gay Marriage"?

With the news yesterday of the Supreme Court striking down the "Defense Of Marriage Act", the topic of "Gay Marriage" is once again a major story in the news.  No doubt, our kids are hearing all about this topic both on the TV and, many times, on the playground.  It's hard for a Christian parent to control the context in which their child may have conversations regarding this important topic. I received a question yesterday from a fellow Kids Pastor asking my opinion on whether or not he should "address" his Kids Ministry on the topic of Gay Marriage and/or […]
March 11, 2013

An Incredible Resource To Help Kids Memorize The Bible

Let me introduce you to the hottest new resource in the Kidmin YOU-KNOW-VERSE!!! JumpStart3 meets an immediate need in the Christian world by combining modern music with lyrics straight from the Bible!  Their goal is to create an exciting and innovative way for kids to memorize and hide God’s word in their hearts. I met Jeff, the founder of JumpStart3, last year at CPC San Diego.  Jeff has been an accomplished music producer for the last 25 years and has earned many #1s, awards, and accolades.  His desire is to take all of his knowledge and gifts and get kids […]
March 4, 2013

The "Atomic" Easter Disaster

It was one of my very first events at my new church.  Sadly, I was focused more on impressing them with my amazing creative ideas rather than providing a safe and secure environment for the kids. We have very little grass on our property for an egg hunt, so I got permission to use a vacant lot that was across the street from our church.  Now, I didn’t realize it would be a good idea to provide a crossing guard – or even a crossing area for the families to make it safely over to the lot.  So, it was […]
December 31, 2012

Where In The World Is Brian Dollar?

2013 is going to be an exciting year.  I have been honored to be asked to speak at several incredible conferences and events.  I would love to get a chance to meet you and connect! Just thought I would pass on some of the dates and locations I will be in 2013.  Hope to get a chance to meet many of you in person! North Texas Kids Pastors Retreat; Jan. 4-5, 2013; Dallas, TX;  keynote speaker and multiple breakouts  more info INCM’s Children’s Pastors Conference;  January 16-19, 2013;  Orlando, FL; multiple breakouts more info Oklahoma Kids Pastors Retreat; Jan. 25-26, 2013; […]
December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to all of my amazing friends in the Kidmin Community!  Thank you for supporting this blog all year long!  My prayer for you and your family is that you will know God's peace, love, and blessings in a very real way this Christmas! Merry Christmas! Brian Dollar
November 29, 2012

The 12 Deals Of Christmas

START SAVING ON DECEMBER 1st!!!! Christmas comes but ONCE per year - and the same goes with High Voltage Kids Ministry's now famous "12 DEALS OF CHRISTMAS" promotion.  They have been making a list and checking it twice!  The good news is - you can ALL be on the NICE LIST!!! They are so thankful for each of you who partner with them in ministry to children!  That's why they have chosen some of the BIGGEST deals of the year, wrapped them up with a bow (well, sort of), and got them lined up for TWELVE BIG DAYS of savings! […]