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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