For the Every Day KidMin Leader

What's this about Free Resources every Friday?

Yep, you read that right! Every Friday, Deeper KidMin releases another free download for you to use in your children’s ministry. These downloads can be anything from an object lesson to a prayer printable to a volunteer resource to a craft idea.

Check out all of our free resources here, and join the Deeper KidMin Email list to receive the weekly downloads straight to your inbox – before we release the freebie on Friday.

Who creates the resources and posts on Deeper KidMin?

The resources found in the DKM Marketplace and on the Deeper KidMin site were created for KidMin leaders by KidMin leaders. All of our Vendors serve in children’s ministry in some capacity and share resources they’ve tried and tested within their own ministries. Read more about the founder of Deeper KidMin here.

How do I access my download?

  1. Through either the “Orders” tab “Downloads” tab on your Deeper KidMin account. Sign into your account on the Deeper KidMin site, then hover over the person icon in the top right corner of the page. A drop-down menu should appear, with options to view your orders and downloads, where you’ll find access to your download links.
  2. With every order you place, you’ll also receive an email confirmation of the download with a link to download the resource. (Check your spam folders to make sure your download didn’t get lost in the shuffle if you haven’t seen that email yet!)
  3. Email Brittany directly at brittany@deeperkidmin.com for more help.

I keep getting a "Nonce Verification Failed" error. What's that about?

It’s a bug in our system we’ve been trying to resolve for a couple of weeks now.
The error only seems to occur with some new customers who are trying to create an account on the site during the checkout process. Here’s how to check out without getting the error…
1) Create an account on the site by going to the “my account” page here and registering as a new user.
2) Make sure you’re already signed in, then add items to your cart and complete the checkout process as usual.
Sorry for the technical difficulties!

What exactly do you believe?

Deeper KidMin’s Statement of Beliefs:

  • We believe the Bible is the living word of God, written by authors inspired by the Holy Spirit, and as such is truth that all Christians should live by. (Hebrews 4:12, 2 Timothy 3:16-17, James 1:22, Psalm 119:9, Psalm 18:30)
  • We believe God is the creator and ruler of the universe and is equally three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. (Genesis 1:1; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14)
  • We believe that we are all born sinful, and sin separates us from God. (Isaiah 59:2, Psalm 51:5, Galatians 5:4, Romans 3:23, Genesis 8:21)
  • We believe God provided his Son, Jesus Christ, as a redemptive solution to our problem of sin. (John 3:16-17, John 1:14, 1 John 4:10, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Romans 5:8
  • We believe that Jesus lived a sinless life, died on a cross, and rose from the dead three days later, defeating sin and death. (1 John 2:2, Matthew 1:21, 1 Peter 2:24, Hebrews 4:15, Luke 2:7, John 19:30, 1 Peter 3:18, Matthew 20:17-19, Mark 8:31, Luke 24:1-12
  • We believe that God offers salvation, eternal life with Him in heaven, to all who believe in Jesus. (Romans 6:23, Acts 4:12, Ephesians 2:8-9, John 14:6, Romans 10:9-10, John 3:36)
  • We believe the Holy Spirit lives in the heart of every believer, equipping them with spiritual gifts necessary for the overall health of the church. (Acts 2:1-4, 1 Corinthians 3:16, 2 Timothy 1:14, Romans 8:11, Galatians 5:18, Galatians 4:6, 1 John 2:27, Romans 12:6-8, 1 Corinthians 12:8-10, 1 Peter 4:11)

Deeper KidMin’s Core Values:

  • We believe in equipping parents and ministry leaders with affordable, creative resources that grow kids deeper in their relationship with Christ.
  • We believe effective KidMin reaches not only children but their parents and the volunteers too.
  • We believe all KidMin leaders should be given paid time off after VBS or camp season, preferably in a tropical location.
  • We believe that church should be fun, for the kids and the volunteers who serve them.
  • We believe that when you stop learning, you stop leading.
  • We believe in connecting the Bible to things kids know, love, eat, and interact with on a weekly basis.
  • We believe in pursuing excellence and innovation in all that we do.
  • We believe in connecting with other KidMin leaders for support, growth, and collaboration.
  • We believe in staying culturally relevant yet Biblically reverent.
  • We believe KidMin is the most important ministry in the church (and the world).

Is paying through your site safe?

Yes. See that “s” after the “http” in the URL? HTTPS stands for Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure, and it’s just like HTTP except it works in conjunction with another protocol, Secure Sockets Layer (SSL), to transport data safely. We use PayPal and Stripe as forms of payment on Deeper KidMin. You can see our full Privacy Policy here.

What is your refund policy?

Select products include a 30-day money back guarantee. A note will appear at the bottom of the product page for downloads that offer this refund. Because each Vendor establishes their own prices and shop practices, refund policies may vary across the site.

What is the diameter of an M&M?

About 1.04 cm. I had to look this up for a craft for VBS one year when we did Armor of God pixel art with M&Ms, and I’ve had it memorized ever since.

For DKM Marketplace Vendors

Help! Those Submission Guidelines scare me!

Oh no! Don’t be scared! Take a deep breath, and read on.

The submission guidelines will help you modify the resource you’ve created so other KidMin leaders can use it with ease in their own ministries around the world. They may seem intimidating, but these guidelines focus more on formatting than content, and they can be applied to almost any resource.

These guidelines are in place for a few reasons…
a) they will help ensure we’re only offering high-quality resources in the DKM Marketplace
b) they will help make the resources easier for customers to use quickly
c) they will give all of the resources some cohesiveness despite coming from different kidmin leaders

We want all of the editable Word Document versions of the lesson formatted the same so when a kidmin leader downloads a resource from the DKM Marketplace, they know exactly what to expect, no matter which shop they actually downloaded from. It will help make the resources easier for them to use in their own ministry, and they won’t have to search or dig for what they’re looking for. By creating submission guidelines that focus on formatting, we can ensure the lessons submitted are already organized in an easy-to-use format for the kidmin leader who eventually downloads them.

Where the creativity and different looks can come in is through the pdf version of the lessons. In addition to the editable Word document, you can also include a pdf of the lesson that has the fonts, pictures, borders, etc. that fit the theme look and make it fun. These pdfs help you show off your creative side and give a feel for the theme, but including them as an addition to the simple Word Document helps make all of the lessons easy to format for any ministry context.
Still feeling a little overwhelmed with the guidelines? Don’t worry! We’ve created both the DKM Marketplace Resource Submission Checklist and the DKM Teaching Content Template (Word Doc Version or Google Doc Version) to help, and you can always reach out to Brittany at Brittany@deeperkidmin.com with questions or concerns.

What kind of resources do you sell on the DKM Marketplace?

The DKM Marketplace offers resources in 3 main categories, with specific submission guidelines for each:

  1. Teaching Content (Lessons, Curriculum, etc.)
  2. Leadership, Admin, and Text-Based Resources
  3. Games & Media

BUT. We’re always open to new ideas that equip KidMin leaders to grow kids deeper in their relationships with Christ.

Before you submit a resource, we highly suggest you take the time to look at your resource through the lens of our submission guidelines listed above.

You can also read more about the process for becoming a DKM Marketplace Vendor and sharing your resources here.

How do I become a vendor?

  1. Create an amazing KidMin resource, making sure to use our Submission Guidelines detailed above.
  2. Register as a Vendor on the DKM site and set up your shop. (Full video instructions here.)
  3. Share your amazing resource!

More details on becoming a DKM Marketplace Vendor here.

What are the expectations for being a Vendor?

We’re glad you asked! We ask that all DKM Marketplace Vendors meet and adhere to these expectations.

How do I submit a resource? And then what happens?

After registering as a Vendor and setting up your shop in the DKM Marketplace, you’re ready to submit a resource! Make sure your resource follows our submission guidelines, and follow these steps to submit it to us through your Vendor Dashboard. Watch the video below for a full walk-through of submitting your resource.

We’ll get back to you within 2 weeks with either approval (you’re up and running!) or suggestions for changes. Once your resource is live in your shop, we may contact you from time to time about using free pieces of the resource as promotional content, but otherwise, all you have to do is wait for payday at the end of the month. We take care of all of the “business-y” things of maintaining your shop for you.

 

Do I need to follow up with leaders who order from my shop?

Not unless you want to! Deeper KidMin handles all of the “business-y” things for you, including a 3-part followup system for every leader who orders from our site.

How do I set prices for my resources?

Coming from a ministry setting, it can be difficult to answer this question. You want to share your resources with other KidMin leaders, but you don’t want to overprice them. You might even feel weird about setting prices on your resource at all. That’s OK! What we’ve found is that leaders will value your resource more if they have to pay at least a little something for it. Free resources are great (I mean we give one away each week, right?) but all of the time, effort, and prayer that went into your resource is valuable, and it’s OK for your resource prices to reflect that.

How you price your resources is totally up to you, but we encourage you to keep these tips in mind when setting your prices…

  • Think about how much you would be willing to pay for a resource as a kidmin leader, and stay within that range.
  • Compare what you are offering to other curriculum providers and DKM Marketplace shops. If your resource offers half the amount of material as another, consider offering your resource for half the price.
  • Consider bundling some of your resources. Offer them for one price if bought individually, but then offer a discounted price for ordering several related resources at once.
  • Just as an example, here is how Deeper KidMin often prices its resources…
    • Games – $3-$4
    • Single Lesson – free (as a sample of a larger unit/series) or $9
    • Curriculum series – $8-$10 per lesson in the series depending on how extensive each individual lesson is (if each lesson covers 90 minutes, the curriculum may be a little more expensive than a series where each lesson covers just 60 minutes)
    • Admin Resources – $4-$10, depending on the resource
    • Training & Volunteer Resources – $5-$12, depending on the resource

How much do I get to keep for each resource sale?

DKM Marketplace Vendors receive 60% of all sales transactions. 10% of all transactions goes toward Deeper KidMin’s mission partners, and the remaining 30% goes to Deeper KidMin for processing fees, site maintenance, and organizational processes.

How and when do I get paid?

The how:

We work with third party service providers to issue your payments to you. The provider we currently work with is Paypal.

In order to get paid, you’ll need to have an account with PayPal and be sure that your account is eligible and ready to receive payments, or make sure your bank account is ready to receive payments. Finally, make sure that you’ve provided this information in the “Payment Options” section of your DKM Marketplace Vendor Dashboard Account Information.

The when:

We pay out Vendor earnings on a monthly basis. Payments are sent within 14 business days of the beginning of a new month. The 40% Deeper KidMin commission is automatically deducted from your payout, and if you’re using PayPal, some transaction fees may be applied.

Can I use images I found on the internet in my resources?

It depends.

When you’re looking for images to include in your resource, it’s tempting to turn to Google images. Don’t do it. Just because you can access an image for free doesn’t mean you’re free to reuse it for commercial purposes in your DKM Marketplace resources. It’s important to know whether the person who owns that image allows folks to use it, and what uses they allow.

The key is to make sure that you have the right to use anything you include in your resources. That includes photographs, clip art and other images, borders and other design elements, and so on.

As always, your safest bet is always to use only things you’ve created yourself, but we know that’s not practical for everyone. We can’t all be clip artists and font designers as well as amazing kidmin leaders.

Please know that even graphics you “create” through sites like Canva and Adobe Spark are not eligible for commercial use.

Fear not! We’re here to help. As luck would have it, the Deeper KidMin community has a graphic designer who can get you all set up with the graphics you need. See all that Chris has to offer here.

We also encourage you to reach out to someone in your congregation or on your staff who has graphic design skills. Share your ideas and themes with them, and see if they’d be willing to create some graphics for you.

There are also lots of other websites of image and clip art libraries. It can be tough to know which sites to trust, and how to navigate their licensing rules, so it’s good to be cautious and read carefully. We’ve done some research for you and found a few sites you might want to check out.

Free/Public Domain:

Subscription-Based/Pay-Per-Image:

What about income tax?

Because income taxes vary from state to state, you should consult your tax advisor on how to report your DKM Marketplace sales.

I remember seeing a helpful PDF somewhere. Where was that again?

Well, we’re not exactly sure which PDF you’re talking about, but peruse all of the Vendor resources below, and contact us if you’re still not seeing what you’re looking for and have more questions.

DKM Marketplace Submission Checklist (Access all of the Submission Guidelines from this page.)

Teaching Content Template

DKM Setting Up Your Shop (Watch the video here)

DKM Vendor Dashboard (Watch the video here)

DKM Submitting a Resource (Watch the video here)

Teaching Content Submission Guidelines

Leadership, Admin, and Text-Based Resource Submission Guidelines

Game/Media Resource Submission Guidelines

Ministry is lonely.

That’s not really a question, but you’re right. Ministry can be lonely. As a DKM Marketplace Vendor, you are invited to join the DKM Marketplace Vendor Facebook Group. This private Facebook group is only for DKM Marketplace Vendors, and it’s a great place to connect with other leaders, brainstorm ideas, and share wins and frustrations.