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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Comments

  1. says

    Hello Tony,

    I was just looking back and so appreciate the work you put into this. Thank you for including About the Children’s Department. Will there be any updates to this list?

  2. says

    hey, noticed this was still being picked up in a search as the latest list, would love to see an update if there is to be one? (or a link on this page to one). Thanks.

  3. says

    Thanks for putting this list together. I know it takes a lot of work. I’m honored to be included and looking forward to checking out the other blogs as well!

  4. says

    Tony this is awesome. I was happy to be #65 last year and shocked to be #5 this year. The real value, as many have mentioned, is simply having the list as a resource. To all, I would encourage you to look through all of them as there is as much great value in the last half of the list as the first half. Appreciate the effort Tony!!
    As a side note, my only real goal this year is taking down Sam – I’m still bitter about his Yanks sweeping my Padres in 1998 World Series. Did they really need another ring? Really? They couldn’t let us have just one moment of glory??

  5. says

    Sam, you got a henna? Dang, I knew I should have listened to that voice in my head before I got the real thing.

    Oh well. I’m just glad Michael Chanley is not number 1. That would be hard to explain.

  6. says

    Tony, you rock! Now that I have a number, I have a goal. I’ll be doing what I can to move on up. Thanks for putting this together and for being a great blogger yourself.

  7. Wendy says

    Thanks so much for putting this list together every year, Tony! I am constantly referring people to this list that are looking for kidmin blogs to read on a regular basis. I aspire one day to be included in such fantastic company.

  8. Jesse Smith says

    It’s great to know that there are so many CM blogs out there that they don’t all make the list of 100. I point people your way for this list, glad you keep it up to date and I hope that I’ll eventually make the cut :)

  9. says

    Thanks for putting this list together! This is how I found a bunch of kidmin blogs to read and follow. It’s fun to be now on the list!

  10. says

    Thanks again Tony – its nice to know that folks are reading, and so many are contributing! I remember when there were only 4-5 of us on the Internet helping each other! When I started, there weren’t even hyperlinks! (LOL)

    Correction: Ryan Frank’s blog address is wrong, he shut that blog down a long time ago, and just this September launched a new blog: justfranktalk.com

    Also, I love how Pudge hasn’t blogged since Nov. 2010 and is still #18! Maybe I can quit for a year and still stay toward the top! LOL

  11. says

    Wow, Tony, thanks for including my blog here! I just came to check out the latest list, not exactly that mine would be here since I only launched the blog in March.

    Thank you.

    Also, I know you and Amy Fenton Lee have a great relationship (she rocks!), so I doubt you’ll need to take me up on this, but if you ever need a guest post for anything she doesn’t have time to provide, let me know!

  12. says

    Thanks Tony, I’m honored to be at such a high ranking…definitely was not thinking that! Though it could have been due to the fact that Jared Massey from http://www.smalltownkidmin.com checks my site each day from his work, home, neighbor’s, and parent’s CPU as well as his iPad 2 (he has one of those right? I couldn’t remember), cell phone and Wii. Thanks Jared. You’re a true friend.

    • says

      Great question. I just added you to my spreadsheet and you came out around #115 with a score of 13.47

      So keep blogging and grow your following, it’s very possible to move into the list next September.

  13. says

    Thanks, Tony, for putting this together!
    Even if you didn’t count my bonus for getting into the top 16 in blog madness, I still like you ;)

    Seriously, this list must be crazy hard to put together – you’re a great guy for going through all that work.

    -Ap

  14. says

    As always thanks for doing this and everything else on your blog Tony!! Love pointing people to new blogs about kidmin!!

    Sam, childrensministryonline.com tattoos for everyone.

  15. says

    As always, a virtual parthenon of encouragement, inspiration, humor, deep thought, and resource. Thank you for the hard work in putting this together.

  16. says

    I’ve got about 300 uncounted GRS’s picketing outside Childrensministryonline.com as we speak. They are holding signs, and chanting… “Links won’t work! Links wont work!” over and over.

    Thanks for the list Tony, good stuff!

      • says

        That’s a tricky one. I only when with the reader count that Google Reader supplies via their API … so it’s not an exact figure but should help compare to other blogs on the list.

        • says

          In no way does this affect the greatness of this list, and only post this follow-up comment to make an observation. :-)

          This has always been weird about the Google API. The Google API shows that Children’sMinsitryOnline.com has 350+ subscribers; but the Feedburner Feed (google also) shows 700+ subscribers on all feeds. It’s like Google is arguing with itself. I wonder why the Google API is always lower than the feed subscribers? I had always thought this the same thing.

          And I’m super glad that your post finally got Kenny off his lazy blogging butt and back to the keyboard!

          Strange.

  17. says

    Tony thanks for doing this and thanks for leaving out personal preference would have been pretty embarrassing for Kenny. Also does anyone think someone (cough, kenny, cough) should get points taken away because his blog is broken and can’t be linked to, really Tony can’t be linked to and it’s the #1 blog? Anyway congrats Kenny you did it to me again this year. To celebrate I think I am going to get a childrensministryonline.com henna tattoo.

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