Top 100 Children’s Ministry Blogs (New Update for 2011)

Browse the top 100 children's ministry blogs below...

This is our latest attempt to recognize the best of the kidsmin bloggers. Browse the list to discover new blogs and see where your favorites rank. Click here to read about the factors or grab a badge for your site. You can also compare the original rankings from last September.

Update: We’re not too proud to make corrections (or add new blogs) to this list over the next 12 hours. So leave a comment if you catch my mistakes.

Blog Name G.R.S. F.B. MozPA G.I. B.M. Total
Average Scores 41.8 23.3 24.3 707 30.4
1 Children’s Ministry Online 365 39 42 3530 1 89.14
2 sam luce 203 16 43 2720 1 75.7
3 Orange Leaders 215 9 37 1660 1 66.89
4 Kidologist.com 198 3 33 3370 1 66.72
5 Kidmin360.com 160 19 41 929 1 65.48
6 Life2gether 206 10 40 2370 61.53
7 Kid Inspiration 273 27 36 1800 61.09
8 jonathancliff.com 62 8 46 2550 1 58.38
9 Inside Northpoint Kids 250 25 37 656 56.94
10 Free CM Stuff 83 5 37 1190 1 56.44
11 Dad In The Middle 29 0 39 1770 1 56.38
12 Roger Fields 47 30 40 297 1 55.55
13 Lemon Lime Kids 56 7 37 1440 1 55.51
14 Matt McKee Live 126 4 42 1460 55.09
15 Cullen’s Abc’s 1 344 36 548 54.95
16 Kidmin1124 67 16 36 374 1 52.42
17 What’s In the Bible 62 22 44 898 52
18 JUST PUDGE 46 10 39 3010 51.83
19 Kids Ministry 101 102 44 42 210 51.65
20 GinaMcClain.com 83 12 40 1630 51.15
21 The Inclusive Church 144 247 25 1100 50.33
22 CM Buzz 64 39 39 1630 50.23
23 Justyn Smith 49 17 33 475 1 48.58
24 Growing Kids Ministry 49 65 39 948 48.43
25 Mike Johnson 35 171 36 117 47.24
26 SojournKids 63 20 39 705 46.37
27 Scripture Lady 21 85 39 537 46.3
28 CentriKid Camps Blog 45 118 34 1100 46.28
29 The Thursday Blog 82 13 39 254 45.9
30 Smalltownkidmin Blog 21 6 32 387 1 44.89
31 Legacy Blog 87 50 34 559 44.02
32 Commander Bill’s Blog 13 7 30 907 1 44.01
33 Building Faith 35 46 33 1690 42.83
34 Children’s Ministry 1234 48 20 36 758 42.53
35 Sunday School Revolutionary! 40 1 33 2190 42.46
36 JC is ONLINE 44 3 35 1400 42.39
37 Christianity Cove 17 41 36 1010 42.29
38 Brick by Brick 263 59 20 375 41.64
39 Children’s Ministry Magazine Blog 212 14 25 242 40.58
40 Dan Scott 58 12 32 1320 40.53
41 Cory Center 19 6 36 698 39.71
42 West Coast CM 87 3 20 1130  1 39.43
43 Dick Gruber 12 19 36 478 39.22
44 Children’s Minister BLOG 92 5 31 538 39.04
45 Jim Wideman 147 52 16 199 1 39.01
46 JamieDoyle(dot)com 41 4 34 550 38.63
47 About the Children’s Dept. 9 7 25 831 1 38.51
48 Ryan Frank* 2 2 38 21 38.3
49 Help! I’m a Children’s Pastor 3 7 36 247 37.31
50 iTODD 5 6 35 357 36.73
51 Jenny Funderburke 22 0 34 228 36.17
52 Joe McAlpine 23 24 33 140 36.16
53 Revival Fire For Kids Blog 26 4 31 913 35.74
54 Leadership Whenever 31 0 33 55 35.24
55 Effective Childrens Ministry 37 11 31 358 35.12
56 DOPCANDY 0 1 20 4840 34.94
57 DiscipleBlog.com 19 48 30 404 34.91
58 Rags Studio 18 1 33 167 34.76
59 Kidhelper.com 33 1 29 981 34.27
60 PreteenMinistry.net Blog 21 3 31 529 34.18
61 Creative Kids Pastor 35 2 30 463 33.86
62 brennaphillips.com 4 15 30 915 33.83
63 nickblevins.com 53 0 29 394 33.75
64 Train Up The Child 29 43 28 479 33.56
65 Relevant Children’s Ministry 114 131 17 631 33.09
66 Dustin Nickerson 22 2 31 114 32.92
67 Works of God Displayed 44 25 27 445 32.55
68 A Heart After Children 16 6 31 1 32.37
69 Divorce Ministry 4 Kids 3 18 31 70 32.32
70 CapCity Kidz 13 3 30 311 31.97
71 It’s a kids ministry Revolution baby! 30 1 28 447 31.43
72 Girls Ministry 14 17 29 190 31.37
73 LifeWay VBS Blog 6 199 13 2550 31.2
74 Impulsive Joy 30 12 28 150 31.06
75 Apparently Blogging 32 127 22 0 30.48
76 Jeremy Mavis 1 0 28 679 30.16
77 KidTrek: Sunday Plus 5 7 28 282 29.55
78 CTA, Inc.  11 2 24 1170 28.43
79 Nate Fietzer 0 0 28 85 28.26
80 West Side Kids 7 0 23 1250 27.31
81 Acacia in the Desert 8 0 26 214 27.19
Simply Jeff 14 3 25 323 27.08
82 Molded 13 1 24 473 26.37
83 Danielle Bell 9 9 25 53 26.21
84 Evan Doyle 10 0 24 426 25.98
85 Family Regeneration 9 4 23 626 25.73
86 ApostolicCM 5 2 24 398 25.66
87 Ministry Idea Studios 17 0 24 98 25.43
88 The Children’s Hour 112 9 16 484 25.41
89 Infuzed 4 12 23 491 25.38
90 Kidmin and Culture 9 2 21 1170 25.3
Little People Big Word 4 17 23 368 25.25
91 Jason Martin 4 5 24 145 24.96
92 Kids Pastor Kathy 5 0 24 67 24.54
93 Commotion from the Ocean of Life 28 2 20 791 24.4
94 Diving for Pearls 21 127 15 348 23.82
95 Maximize Children’s Ministry 0 26 22 83 23.56
96 Church4EveryChild 25 25 17 1150 23.46
97 GJ Farmer’s Blog 6 2 22 41 22.63
98 Pro 226 0 32 19 292 21.5
99 The Fake Kidmin 4 0 20 41 20.4
100 Children’s Ministry Blog 57 15 15 211 20.2

How These Rankings Work

We started with a list of over 150 children’s ministry blogs. After hours of research, we crunched all the numbers according to our proprietary fuzzy math. Then we added instant coffee with just a hint of cinnamon. Here’s how the factors breakdown.

G.R.S. = Google Readers Subscribers 

This comes from the the Google Reader API. This year’s number does count multiple RSS feeds, as long as they are linked from your homepage. For most blogs, this contributed around 20% of their base score.

F.B. = Facebook Shares of Homepage

This is a simple count of the number of people who have shared your blog’s main page on Facebook. It’s a rough way to estimate how socially engage your audience is with your site. For most of our list, this contributed around 10% of their base  score.

PA= Page Authority
This is based on Open Site Explorer’s link graph. More quality sites linking to a blog indicate a positive reputation. This metric accounts for around half of our ranking formula.

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. Most sites we listed could expect around 20% of their base score to come from this figure.

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. This adds around 10% to the theoretical base score, consider it extra credit.

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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