Top Children’s Ministry Blogs of 2013

childrens-ministry-blogsIt’s been too long since we’ve updated this list. Pinterest wasn’t even a thing back in 2011!  Congratulations to everyone who made the list below. Rankings are just for fun but your real ministry with kids is eternally important. I hope this list will affirm and encourage you in some small way. Here’s a badge if you want to recommend this list on your site.

The giveaway related to this post is complete and the winner “Nicole” was notified by email. Thanks to all who left their feedback and supported all these wonderful blogs.

Fun Challenge: I would also be super impressed if anyone clicks out to visit all 100 blogs on the list. Even more impressed if you leave comments telling those people that you appreciate their dedication to children’s ministry…. There’s no prize for that, but it would be the best New Year’s present ever.

And now for your reading pleasure….

The Top 100 Blogs of 2013

Rank Blog URL Score PA mR FB shares Tweets Pins Google +1
1 http://samluce.com/ 213.5 47 5.2 59 1024 38 0
2 http://www.growingkidsministry.com/ 206.76 48 4.54 90 15 2705 0
3 http://catholicblogger1.blogspot.com/ 204.08 53 4.99 89 3 1143 2
4 http://www.christianitycove.com/ 195.38 48 5.44 120 20 692 0
5 http://orangeblogs.org/orangeleaders/ 193.92 48 5.73 28 6 2 0
6 http://theinclusivechurch.wordpress.com/ 187.57 55 5.08 660 62 936 2
7 http://childrensministryonline.com/ 186.73 45 5.27 34 30 25 0
8 http://insidenorthpoint.org/kids/ 185.29 44 6.18 33 167 61 1
9 http://handsonbibleteacher.blogspot.com/ 185.1 41 4.14 381 4 14000 1
10 http://katiewetherbee.wordpress.com/ 183.95 46 4.37 143 8 1156 0
11 http://www.jonathancliff.com/ 182.75 45 5 40 97 488 0
12 http://kidmin360.com/ 180.4 44 4.86 64 78 8 18
13 http://blog.dc4k.org/ 178.65 46 5.56 39 19 0 2
14 http://www.relevantchildrensministry.com/ 173.38 41 4.65 71 29 245 17
15 http://drgrcevich.wordpress.com/ 169.71 49 4.91 71 10 47 0
16 http://blog.childrendesiringgod.org/ 166.38 42 5.23 151 5 5 0
17 http://preteenministry.net/ 165.38 40 4.87 91 68 71 1
18 http://www.mattmckee.me/ 164.19 43 4.98 8 23 0 0
19 http://worshipingwithchildren.blogspot.com/ 162.93 49 4.39 221 6 233 2
20 http://scripturelady.com/ 161.91 35 4.34 122 31 378 0
21 http://cmbuzz.com/ 161.69 42 4.99 90 329 11 17
22 http://www.joemcalpine.com/ 160.48 36 4.06 32 24 1 0
23 http://jcisonline.com/ 160.25 41 4.91 3 9 1 0
24 http://apparentlyblogging.awana.org/ 158.74 49 5.21 276 226 432 0
25 http://www.aboutthechildrensdepartment.com/ 158.62 37 4.83 56 8 21 2
26 http://www.toddmckeever.com/ 157.81 38 4.66 4 11 8 0
27 http://scottsbricks.blogspot.com/ 157.01 52 5.04 66 14 574 0
28 http://www.ginamcclain.com/ 156.81 42 4.81 22 25 9 0
29 http://www.lemonlimekids.com/ 155.13 42 4.82 17 46 64 0
30 http://www.discipleblog.com/ 154.83 40 5.56 93 20 47 2
31 http://waynestocks.com/ 149.85 40 4.47 0 11 1 1
32 http://sojournkids.com/ 148.18 43 5.25 25 14 19 0
33 http://freebiblelessons.net/ 148.17 29 4.41 2 3 0 0
34 http://kidologist.com/ 144.37 45 5.29 12 120 14 0
35 http://jimwideman.blogspot.com/ 143.61 46 4.63 0 488 15 10
36 http://whatsinthebible.com/blog/ 142.73 43 5.67 1 0 5 0
37 http://www.churchleaders.com/children/ 142.66 44 5.43 17 1 7 0
38 http://www.coffeewithdad.com/ 141.48 35 5.14 3 2 0 0
39 http://flamecreativekids.blogspot.co.uk/ 134.13 40 3.7 155 9 472 0
40 http://truministry.com/blogs/ 133.18 42 4.91 3 2 0 0
41 http://www.mattmo.org/ 132.14 31 3.78 13 8 0 0
42 http://craftingthewordofgod.com/ 132.13 33 4.25 15 4 144 0
43 http://blog.lifeway.com/kidsministry101/ 132.02 47 3.79 1 3 13 1
44 http://www.davidwakerley.com/ 131.81 41 4.93 21 7 9 0
45 http://childrensministry.com/blogs 131.09 43 4.5 4 1 2 0
46 http://revivalfire4kids.com/ 129.66 38 4.52 21 0 18 0
47 http://nickblevins.com/ 129.41 38 4.12 0 11 29 1
48 http://kidtrekasp.wordpress.com/ 129.31 41 4.72 1 1 0 2
49 http://lifewayvbs.wordpress.com/ 129.14 41 3.71 339 35 1453 0
50 http://freebiefriday.guildcraftinc.com/ 129.05 39 4.96 7 1 649 0
51 http://divorceministry4kids.com/ 128.35 40 4.44 51 21 62 65
52 http://kidsministrymatters.blogspot.com/ 127.88 41 4.48 41 4 91 1
53 http://kidminspiration.com/ 127.53 35 4.18 30 13 0 0
54 http://childrensministerblog.com/ 126.51 37 5.25 0 0 3 0
55 http://share.ctainc.com/ 125.05 39 4.69 7 1 0 0
56 http://corycenter.org/ 123.77 39 4.48 9 76 13 0
57 http://mikejohnsonsblog.com/ 123.71 37 4.92 10 31 2 0
58 http://smalltownkidmin.com/ 123.25 38 4.7 12 1 2 0
59 http://rogerfields.com/ 123.06 39 4.31 30 97 193 0
60 http://www.trainupthechild.org/ 123.01 36 4.97 50 24 37 0
61 http://itspastormatt.com/ 122.64 36 4.42 3 38 0 0
62 http://mrmarksclassroom.com/ 122.16 36 4.57 118 69 706 0
63 http://childrenshourbooks.blogspot.com/ 122.12 41 3.95 27 5 13 0
64 http://thethursdayblog.com/ 121.75 37 4.73 13 19 0 0
65 http://www.justynsmith.com/ 121.32 38 4.43 25 51 6 0
66 http://www.jellytelly.com/category/blog/ 120.65 34 5.24 12 1 1 0
67 http://faithfilledfreebies.blogspot.com/ 120.59 34 4.36 14 1 3312 2
68 http://justfranktalk.com/ 120.31 37 4.55 36 8 7 0
69 http://www.danscottblog.com/ 119.97 36 4.77 7 2 57 0
70 http://www.briandollar.com/ 119.7 37 3.32 216 2 0 4
71 http://kidminandculture.wordpress.com/ 119.65 41 3.75 2 6 23 0
72 http://gofishguy.typepad.com/ 119.2 37 4.52 0 0 0 0
73 http://westcoastcm.com/ 119.02 38 4.28 5 7 7 1
74 http://www.theworksofgoddisplayed.com/ 118.28 38 4.05 66 37 46 0
75 http://www.brennaphillips.com/ 117.25 37 4.19 19 81 79 0
76 http://www.jamiedoyle.com/ 116.38 34 4.83 3 1 5 0
77 http://jennyfunderburke.com/blog/ 116.31 35 4.55 32 11 28 0
78 http://riversedgecurriculum.wordpress.com/ 115.66 34 4.58 10 10 780 0
79 http://michaelchanley.com/ 113.37 35 4.32 2 8 3 1
80 http://www.kidhelper.com/ 113.36 35 4.31 8 7 13 0
81 http://alisonbaggett.wordpress.com/ 112.8 36 4.08 0 0 0 0
82 http://jeffmcclung.com/ 112.59 35 4.23 5 15 0 1
83 http://pastorronbrooks.com/ 112.47 31 4.04 2 3 0 0
84 http://www.yancynotnancy.com/category/blog/ 111.86 30 5.16 1 0 121 0
85 http://www.ilovekidschurch.com/ 111.6 29 4.71 13 22 11 0
86 http://lifes-commotion.armyfamilyok.com/ 111.46 30 3.74 3 0 1 0
87 http://www.kidtrek-sundayplus.org/ 111.16 34 4.3 5 1 23 0
88 http://crossroadskidsclub.net/blog/ 110.7 16 3.97 0 0 0 0
89 http://trevorlee.me/ 110.61 34 4.26 0 1 1 0
90 http://jeremymavis.com/ 108.59 34 4.05 3 2 6 0
91 http://www.blogcommanderbill.net/ 107.99 33 4.17 14 1 0 0
92 http://childspla.blogspot.com/ 107.16 37 3.3 5 1 26 0
93 http://incm.org/category/in_cm_mag/ 107.15 29 4.91 2 1 0 0
94 http://www.spencerclick.com/ 107.06 33 4.1 0 6 0 0
95 http://www.heidimhensley.com/ 106.92 32 3.81 8 18 0 12
96 http://kidmintools.com/ 106.34 32 3.85 67 242 2 2
97 http://dandibell.com/ 106.18 32 4.16 26 6 2 0
98 http://www.melissajmacdonald.com/ 106.01 30 4.5 41 18 5 0
99 http://www.thoughtsbytimotheous.blogspot.com/ 104.9 36 3.29 0 0 0 0
100 http://girlsminister.com/ 103.65 30 4.34 0 12 3 3

 Others Under Consideration (Bonus!)

101 http://kidzmatter.com/blogs/ 103.37 31 4.12 8 1 0 0
102 http://creativekidspastor.com/ 103.35 32 3.91 9 6 6 0
103 http://bibleclasscreations.blogspot.com/ 103.13 32 3.69 1 1 1080 1
104 http://centrikid.com/blog/ 102.02 29 4.35 23 6 1 0
105 http://innovatekids.com/ 101.94 29 4.39 1 2 0 0
106 http://ptbump.com/ 101.91 30 4.16 7 17 0 0
107 http://wellequippedvolunteer.com/ 101.58 27 4.73 1 25 3 0
108 http://www.buildfaith.org/tag/childrens-ministry/ 101.42 26 4.23 6 0 0 0
109 http://tinapoint.blogspot.com/ 100 33 3.29 53 2 11 0
110 http://morethanpuppets.com/ 99.96 29 4.14 15 24 10 0
111 http://www.damondelillo.com/ 99.64 29 4.14 11 2 0 0
112 http://littlepeoplebigword.com/ 99.19 29 4.06 24 5 9 1
113 http://westsidekids.org/ 98.33 28 4.23 0 3 1 0
114 http://www.jesus-without-language.net/blog/ 98.29 18 4.32 0 0 6 2
115 http://www.bellevue.org/childrensministryblog 97.6 25 4.73 15 0 0 0
116 http://www.natefietzer.com/ 92.86 28 3.68 0 6 0 0
117 http://www.crossroadskidsclub.com/recent-posts/ 92.7 24 4.47 0 0 0 0
118 http://pastorjasonmartin.com/ 91.27 27 3.67 21 14 6 0
119 http://www.kidsofintegrity.com/blog 89.81 21 4.72 21 0 77 1
120 http://dopcandy.portsmouth.anglican.org/category/cw/ 89.8 29 3.18 0 0 0 0
121 http://my.cmconnect.org/profiles/blog/list 89.8 24 4.18 0 0 0 0
122 http://ministryandlife.wordpress.com/ 88.82 30 2.87 0 12 0 0
123 http://gjfarmer.wordpress.com/ 86.96 28 3.09 0 6 0 0
124 http://www.kidminjelly.com/ 85.75 27 2.86 123 69 0 0
125 http://sunlightkids.wordpress.com/ 83.6 28 2.76 0 0 2 0
126 http://kidsministrycollective.com/ 82.94 25 3.29 0 4 0 0
127 http://leadsmall.org/preschool/ 82.39 18 4.6 19 0 3 0
128 http://leadsmall.org/elementary/ 82.34 18 4.6 16 2 1 0
129 http://www.superchurch.com/category/blog 81.14 18 4.51 2 0 0 0
130 http://michellepullins.com/ 80.94 23 3.48 0 11 13 0
131 http://gloriaslee.wordpress.com/ 79.83 30 1.98 0 3 0 0
132 http://hastenhome.com/blog/ 75.64 17 4.14 9 6 1 0
133 http://johnhailes.wordpress.com/ 75.41 28 1.92 5 11 0 0
134 http://rocksolidtalk.com/ 74.42 22 3.04 1 0 0 0
135 http://www.simplekidmin.com/ 71.26 21 2.92 0 1 5 1
136 http://kidsinministry.org/blog/ 63.74 15 3.34 2 0 150 0
137 http://kidminoffice.com/ 63.34 19 2.53 1 2 0 0
 –  Blogs listed below were added after the rankings release. They’ll be added next year.
 - https://www.toolsforkidschurch.com/ideas.html
 - http://brookhickle.blogspot.com/
 - http://bibledrivethru.blogspot.com/
 - http://www.brandonmaddux.com/
 - http://www.capcitykidz.com/
 - http://carolinebergeron.ca/
 - http://exploreandexpress-sheila.blogspot.com/
 - http://www.frogspot.com/blog/
 - http://differentway4kids.blogspot.com/
 -  http://tinavbryson.blogspot.com/
 - http://trinkidstuscaloosa.com/
 - http://jasonbyerly.com/
 - http://philvischer.com/
 - http://kidminchris.com/
 - http://www.childrens-ministry-deals.com/blogs/news

How did I make this list? It began with a spreadsheet listing all the active children’s ministry blogs I could locate. Then I used several public metrics to estimate the blogs popularity. THese included Open Site Explorer, Shareaholic Toolbars, and Alexa rank. Each of these numbers were weighted according to my estimation of importance and reliability. For example, the figures from Open Site Explorer (link popularity) account for over 65% of the score for most blogs.

The idea was to look at three different types of signal: Link popularity, social media popularity, and traffic estimates. None of these are perfect, but give a general sense of what blogs are building an audience compared to others.

Factors not included: RSS readership, Years blogging, Email subscribers, Design, Reader engagement through comments. Those type of numbers would give a much better picture of blog popularity. However they were beyond the scope of this list.

For this listing, I only included blogs that were obviously focused on children’s ministry or written by a children’s minister. Non-blogging websites, general ministry blogs, homschooling blogs, and others were beyond the scope of this listing. It’s possible I missed some sites that should be included, please leave a comment below to make a suggestion.

When a blog was hosted on a well known website, for example “What’s in the Bible.” I used metrics from the blog page rather than the homepage of the site. While this will suppress their ranking, it wouldn’t be fair to attribute all numbers to their blogging activity. In those cases, the domain level traffic data was not used.

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Comments

  1. says

    thank you so very much for helping me put my children together, and give information and useful set of lesson for my children.Thank you very much.

  2. Linda Strock says

    Thank you so much for such an informative and useful set of lessons and pictures you share with us! I am always excited when you come out with something new! We are a small but mighty group and we all enjoy the wonderful ideas with our classes. Again thank you for your free materials which proclaim loudly the name of Jesus Christ and his ministry!!

  3. Monica Ramos says

    Thank you so much Tony for helping me and the kids from Arca da Salvação in Ananindeua. The resources from the blog has given me a direction how to teach Christ messages to the children. God bless you , your family and all the people who help this ministry.

  4. says

    Thanks for taking the time to gather all this info. I look forward to checking out a couple listed here that I have not read before. I am also so excited that I made #26 this year, what an honor.

  5. Florence Nakitto Kasajja says

    i am glad i found you, i can’t imagine how harder it would have been for me to handle a starting children’s ministry with no other past materials to refer to. But with your support it is always a light and enjoyable job to do.thanks again

  6. Pamela Davis says

    The material and the blogs that are given for us to use has been such a blessing for me and I know other’s. My husband had five church’s along time ago and especially when I taught Sunday School I don’t think that I would have made it if it hadn’t been for you!! The material that was given and able to print thing’s out and the little booklets that we could print out that went along with the lessons was amazing. And now that my husband and I have a part time church I can now use your tools to share with other’s and the thing’s that I can print out to go along with his children’s sermons is great. Again, thank you so much for what God has blessed you with and the message that we can spread to others. Again, thank you for all you to for CHRIST!!!! I’m so excited to share with this new church and their Sunday School Class.
    Pam Davis

  7. Deaconess Sherry Lane says

    I do enjoy all the email materials. And the few materials I printed off, my Sunday School class of children ages 4-16 really look forward to coming back the next following Sunday. I wan to say thank so much.

  8. Tristan says

    thank you Tony for all the information and ideas and materials. I do print out some of the materials standby for my Sunday School especially for the younger children. We are so blessed. God bless

  9. Sandra says

    There’s always, ALWAYS, something great on your site! I go there first, and most. Thanks for this list of other sites to include! You ALL are a blessing to us in ministry to children. A BLESSING!!!

  10. says

    Thank you so much Tony for the great work you do to make resources available online free of charge for ministry to children. I am a pastor in charge of children ministry in our
    and I have benefited a great deal from this site over the years. I have learnt a lot a lot as a minister and also used a lot of resources from this site especially coloring pages.
    Thanks again for the list. God bless you.

  11. Jaimee says

    Love getting your emails! They have been a great resource for our Kids Klub program! Thank you!

  12. Mary E. MacKay says

    Thank you for all he wonderful ideas and resources that you makeavailable thru ths website. It is really great stuff and well done.

  13. Minister Kim Jones says

    Hello I love this site, I use it monthly for my lesson plans. I am the Director of our churches Childrens Church Ministry and I love it! Thanks.

  14. Elissia Canada says

    I am looking forward to getting more awesome lessons in 2014

  15. maria says

    this is my favorite resource for enhancing my Sunday school lesson, I am thankful to God for your ministry.

  16. Amber Marvin says

    i always look forward to your email and all your new materials. Thanks,

  17. says

    We just ran the random drawing and “Nicole” was selected. I’m going to contact her by email… Thanks to all who left their feedback, you made this one of our most popular posts of all time!!!

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