Top 100 Children’s Ministry Blogs (Original 2010 Rankings)

Update: The new rankings for 2011 are now online. Click here to check it out and see where your favorites rank.

In the past, I’ve tried to rank some of the top kidmin blogs. We even had a bracket style blog tournament last March. But those attempts were too subjective and diidn’t offer a real ranking for blogs below the very top.

That’s why I’ve spend many hours over the last week building this nearly definitive ranking of children’s ministry blogs. Click here to read about the ranking factors or grab a badge for your site.

Rank Blog Name PPW GRS PA PI Bonus Total
1 Children’s Ministry Online 5.8 217 47 627 576 303.4
2 sam luce 6.1 38 45 1030 530 296.3
3 [Kid Inspiration] – Dave Wakerley 4.7 211 42 926 145 236.2
4 Matt McKee Live 3.3 47 43 1250 128 231.1
5 Orange Leaders 4.7 249 43 292 347 222.3
- Dan Scott (added after 1st sorting) 0.9 61 41 1338 0 213.3
6 Children’s Ministry 1234 0.9 28 36 130 582 190.8
7 GinaMcClain.com 1.9 49 43 828 135 187.9
8 Lemon Lime Kids 2.6 74 20 261 493 174.7
9 Children’s Minister BLOG 1.4 68 35 659 197 174.2
10 Jim Wideman 1.2 71 33 211 307 148.6
11 Life2gether 7.7 167 43 315 0 144.8
12 Creative Kids Pastor 0.5 4 16 1150 0 140.8
13 Dad In The Middle 8.2 31 39 311 119 136
14 jonathancliff.com 3 57 45 203 143 133.8
15 Kidologist.com – Karl Bastian 1.9 131 39 437 0 132.2
16 Justyn Smith 1.4 48 23 420 214 131.7
17 A Heart After Children 1.2 9 32 250 263 129.8
18 JUST PUDGE 4 37 42 500 0 128.4
19 Sunday School Revolutionary! 7 9 39 361 0 110.4
20 CM Buzz 2.8 34 35 429 0 107.8
21 Inside Northpoint Kids 1.4 147 42 99 0 105.1
22 Ryan Frank 0.9 92 37 232 0 98.9
23 The Inclusive Church 4.2 50 23 434 0 96.3
24 Revival Fire For Kids Blog 1.4 15 33 111 145 95.4
25 Legacy Blog 0.7 58 36 280 0 95
26 Elemental Children’s Ministry 0 72 45 111 0 93
27 brennaphillips.com 2.6 13 32 368 0 92.6
28 JC is ONLINE 4.2 30 40 156 0 90
29 SojournKids 3 43 41 122 0 88.3
30 Molded 0 6 31 403 0 88
31 Dick Gruber 0.9 9 37 283 0 87.4
32 Effective Childrens Ministry 0.7 25 35 273 0 86.2
33 The Thursday Blog 0.9 64 39 117 0 84.8
34 Apparently Blogging 4 14 20 100 169 84.6
35 Children’s Ministry Magazine Blog 1.4 121 92 90 0 84
36 Free CM Stuff 2.1 48 36 160 0 83.8
37 Scripture Lady 1.4 19 35 244 0 83.5
38 Train Up The Child 1.6 21 31 281 0 82
39 It’s a kids ministry Revolution baby! 1.2 18 31 293 0 81.8
40 JamieDoyle(dot)com 0 22 35 242 0 81.1
41 DiscipleBlog.com 0 22 37 207 0 80.6
42 Operation Child Hope – Advancing Native Missions 1.6 2 12 583 0 79.9
43 Roger Fields 1.6 10 33 240 0 78.7
44 Kidmin1124 4.9 27 37 77 0 78.4
45 The Children’s Hour 0.9 86 21 259 0 76.4
46 CapCity Kidz 2.1 15 30 237 0 75.9
47 KidTech Blog 1.4 33 31 198 0 75.7
48 Children’s Ministry Monthly 0.2 28 29 261 0 75.6
49 CentriKid Camps Blog 4 2 23 324 0 75.3
50 West Side Kids 1.6 6 26 319 0 75.3
51 nickblevins.com 0.2 23 31 234 0 74.9
52 Kids Ministry 101 0.7 30 38 89 0 73.3
53 Kidhelper.com 0.5 16 38 112 0 72.4
54 Family Regeneration 2.8 2 29 227 0 72.2
55 iTODD 0.2 17 33 176 0 70.9
56 Growing Kids Ministry 7 1 29 126 0 70.3
57 West Coast CM 0 46 22 257 0 67.9
58 KidTrek – Walking with kids through life… 0.2 3 13 468 0 67.3
59 Christianity Cove 1.6 5 28 209 0 67.1
60 DOPCANDY 5.8 10 21 206 0 65.7
61 Commotion from the Ocean of Life 2.8 11 21 250 0 64.3
62 ApostolicCM 1.4 1 24 250 0 64
63 Evan Doyle 0.2 4 26 215 0 61.7
64 CTA, Inc. 2.3 5 27 154 0 61.5
65 Kidmin360.com 1.9 12 31 81 0 60.8
66 Leadership Weekly 0 21 35 30 0 59.7
67 Impulsive Joy 2.3 11 29 87 0 59
68 Mike Johnson 2.3 21 32 21 0 58.9
69 Julie’s Journal 0 16 13 354 0 58.1
70 nedgable.com 0 8 33 62 0 57.3
71 Glen Woods- Children’s Ministry Conversation 3 29 21 135 0 56.8
72 No Mediogre Kids 0 2 5 489 0 56.8
73 PreteenMinistry.net Blog 1.4 4 23 179 0 56
74 Emerging Kids 1.6 4 11 331 0 53.6
75 Caroline Bergeron 1.2 2 27 103 0 53.6
76 LifeWay VBS Blog 0.2 31 20 142 0 50.8
77 Ministry with Children 0.2 2 19 192 0 48.5
78 Acacia in the Desert 0.5 9 24 80 0 46.8
79 Pastor Steve’s Blog 2.3 1 4 359 0 46.7
80 Ministry Idea Studios 0.2 12 24 75 0 46.3
81 Inside The Classroom 0.5 23 14 168 0 43.4
82 ChildrenandGod.com 0.5 1 23 75 0 43.2
83 Relevant Children’s Ministry 4.4 14 9 175 0 42.6
84 Children’s Ministry Blog 1.2 32 19 34 0 40.7
85 Anchor Children’s Ministry 0.7 21 9 184 0 37.5
86 thejaymart 0 3 22 25 0 36.1
87 Stories on the Way 2.3 3 4 215 0 32.7
88 IDEAS UNLIMITED 0.5 7 9 162 0 32.1
89 Mother’s Bible 3.5 3 5 163 0 31.4
90 justakidspastor.com 6.8 37 1 86 0 31.1
91 Nate Fietzer 2.8 10 1 200 0 29.1
92 JAM Adventures 0.9 21 1 216 0 29.1
93 Forming Faith Blog 1.6 6 10 94 0 28.8
94 KIDSERVANTS LOG: Musings from Teacher Tim 0 3 12 96 0 28.2
95 Commander Bill’s Blog 3.3 5 1 172 0 26.3
96 Children’s Ministry Ideas 1.2 32 8 51 0 25.9
97 Smalltownkidmin Blog 0.9 24 8 72 0 25.8
98 One Way Street Blog 0.5 8 3 162 0 23.3
99 Church4EveryChild 3.3 2 3 101 0 21.6
100 GJ Farmer’s Blog 3.5 5 1 117 0 21.2
Average Scores 1.91 29.25 23.47 241.59 77.13

Update: Here are some blogs that didn’t make the list because I didn’t know about them. The official rankings stand, but watch out next year!

  • CM connect blogs: It’s a meta feed of all the blog posts from their community members.

How These Rankings Work

I started by gathering all the blogs listed on our BIG LIST into a spreadsheet, then I compiled the following data. Next, I came up with an equation to give each factor it’s own weight. I  did made a few tweaks for data irregularities before sorting by total score.

PPW = Posts Per Week
This figure came from Google Reader and indicates which blogs are the most active.

GRS = Google Readers Subscribers
This stat also came from Google Reader and who has more subscribers. It does not account for blogs that have multiple RSS feeds available, but it’s fairly reliable for comparison.

PA= Page Authority:
This is based on Open Site Explorer’s link graph. More quality sites linking to a blog indicate a positive reputation.

PI= Pages Indexed
This is the number of pages from a site stored in Google’s index. It can indicate whether a site has a large collection of original content.

Bonus = Blog Madness Votes
Last March we let the Internet decide which kidmin blogs were the most popular. So I added a bonus from the final 16 blogs in our tournament according to their total votes.  This indicates a loyal readership that will take action based on your recommendations.

Factors Not Considered

  • Traffic Estimates: These are notoriously unreliable and often mean nothing. Good traffic growth is closely related to all the factors above.
  • Technorati: Their authority rankings fluctuate too wildly to reflect a blog’s long term importance.
  • Personal Preference: My attempt was to make this objective.
  • Comment Counts: I just didn’t have time to sample the comment numbers from each blogs recent 25 posts.

There you have it! Please leave your comments below to dispute the list or it’s math. If you’re one of these bloggers, you can also write up your thoughts on this list on a post on your own site.

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Need More Blogs? Then browse our BIG LIST of Children’s Ministry Blogs for the latest posts from all the kidmin blogs we’re tracking.


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