Read in 4 mins Leader Resources » Other Leader Resources Print / Download Article Facebook Twitter Pinterest Email Top-25 Websites for Children’s Ministers Published: May 5, 2016 Children’s Ministry Magazine is celebrating our 25th year of partnering with you to make Jesus irresistible to kids—but you get the gifts! In this issue, we’ve picked our 25 favorite websites for your ministry (listed alphabetically). Whether you’re looking for resource providers, idea generators, organizational tools, or ways to keep current with media, our list has you covered. 1. All Free Kids Crafts This website is a treasure trove of free craft ideas. With 24 different categories, you’ll find the perfect craft to match any lesson. If you sign up for free, you’ll get newsletters full of ideas. You’ll also be able to save favorite crafts, add personal notes to crafts, and upload your own ideas. 2. Babble This Disney-run website gives deep insight into what it’s really like to parent in today’s world. It’s easier to minister to kids when we understand issues parents face, such as big things like depression and over-scheduled lives to small things like wondering what in the world to make for dinner tonight. The site includes insightful articles on parenting, pregnancy, entertainment, and lifestyle topics. 3. Basecamp This project-management platform lets you organize and keep track of every aspect of a project—from inception to execution. Rather than sending (and trying to keep track of) a bunch of communication streams, they’re all in one place. 4. childrensministry.com You love the magazine. Right?! Well, our website is packed with even more practical advice, articles, and help for children’s ministers—all from the same trusted team who bring you the magazine. You’ll find articles on games, Bible activities, teacher tips, leadership, free Sunday school lessons, and info on our popular KidMin Conference. Come join the conversation! 5. Christianity Today Coming at Christianity from different angles, christianitytoday.com offers insight into politics, faith, music, and movies. One thing that makes this website unique is that it often addresses issues facing Christians across the globe. 6. CM Connect With nearly 13,000 members, this massive community is full of people who are in your shoes. Go here to ask ministry-related questions, answer questions, or browse past topics. You’ll make connections with children’s ministers near and far, which makes what we do everyday seem less isolated. 7. Danielle’ Place This site is full of Bible-based crafts, games, VBS-specific crafts, and activities. You’ll even find free lessons in Spanish. 8. Disney Family You’ll get loads of great crafts, ideas, and activities here, but the real stars are the great recipes, including lots of allergy-friendly treats. Fun and yummy! What else would Disney deliver? 9. How Stuff Works Have you ever wondered how political primaries work? Or what the difference is between an English, French, and Japanese garden? Look here to find out. This website is chock full of useful knowledge of the basic workings of just about everything. Great info for yourself and for kids. 10. kidology.org Kidology is a nonprofit organization dedicated to resourcing children’s ministers and to making their lives easier. You’ll find a podcast, coaching, YouTube videos, a job center, and a wide range of categories that cover just what you’re looking for. 11. Kidscreen This site is devoted to keeping you informed about the children’s entertainment industry. You’ll discover ways marketers are targeting kids, which studios are releasing kid-friendly flicks, and what technology will soon hit the market. 12. Common Sense Media No website is more useful for keeping informed about the media kids are consuming. With in-depth reviews of movies, TV shows, books, and video games, you’ll be on the cutting edge of kids’ media consumption. 13. Kids Sunday School Place With sections for both preschool and grade school, this site has downloadable Sunday school lessons, crafts, games, puzzles, skits, songs, and more. You do have to purchase a membership—$39 per year for an individual, or $98 per year for a group. 14. ministry-to-children.com This free site lets you search for lessons based on activity, topic, and season—and there are plenty of resources for you as a leader. The site typically posts 7-10 new articles and lesson plans each week, so check back often. 15. openresources.org All this website asks is that you use its materials in a non-commercial way to lead people to Jesus. The materials are high-quality sermon-series pieces, many of which come as complete packages, with artwork, graphics, videos, outlines, and transcripts. 16. Pinterest Pinterest is a one-stop shop for finding great ideas. You can search by topic, materials, Bible passage, or…anything, really! Pin the ideas to boards you create, and you’ll never be stuck for an idea again. 17. Red Stamp Red Stamp is about ideas. Party ideas. Décor ideas. Volunteer events. Classroom parties. Ideas you can use in your ministry to freshen and liven up things. 18. Relevant Relevant has been around for 13 years now, and it remains on the cutting edge of Christian culture—and the culture at large. News, reviews, interviews, and challenging ways to look at our faith. 19. Shutterfly If you’re looking to create a great keepsake photo album of your ministry events, look no further. Simply choose a template, upload images, add captions, and Shutterfly does the rest. You could create a new photo book for each year, featuring all the kids in the ministry. Or create event-specific albums. What great memories! 20. Sign Up Genius Genius is just the right word to describe this terrific service. Just create a page where you want people to sign up—say a VBS or a Christmas outreach event. Invite your list, and they respond online, in one handy place. And the website even sends out reminders for you. It’s free, but there are subscriptions if you need more advanced features. 21. The Skit Guys The Skit Guys’ unique brand of touching and hilarious skits hit the funny bone and the heart. You can search their videos by season, category, or theme. And they have scripts, so you can perform your own skits and deliver the same heartfelt message. 22. ultimatecampresource.com If there’s one thing camps know, it’s games. And this site is a gold mind of game ideas. It even includes videos that show just how to play the games. 23. WorshipHouse Kids This site features mini movies, worship tracks, countdowns, motion backgrounds, still backgrounds, and more for your ministry. All resources are professionally produced and ready to use. 24. YouTube: Group VBS We’re sure you’re already big fans of Group’s VBS—and its awesome music. Did you know you can find over 300 videos on the YouTube channel? From decorating and recruiting ideas to commercials and music, go here for every video you’re looking for. 25. YouTube: Saddleback Kids Worship songs, animated Bible passages, songs with motions, and songs with accompanying lyrics are just some of the over 200 videos on this YouTube channel. © Group Publishing, Inc. All rights reserved. No unauthorized use or duplication permitted. Get our FREE enewsletter! Join thousands of other children’s ministry leaders, getting fresh, helpful ideas delivered weekly to your inbox. Sign Up Please enter valid email address Sign Up Recieve offers and promos from Group? Got it! Would you also like offers and promos from Group? Yes! No Thanks, you're all set!