This week has been a week of travel with my family. My 16-year-old daughter Alyssa is looking at colleges, and this week we visited the college I attended, Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA.

It was fun visiting the school again, rather nostalgic.The campus is beautiful and the school’s heart for God is very apparent in everything. Even the students we encountered on the campus had an apparent joy about them.

When I went there- over 20 years ago- I didn’t take it very seriously (sadly), so it was interesting looking at the school from a different perspective– the perspective of my daughter who cares about growing spiritually and appreciates the Christian community the school offers. Both of my daughters want to go here… it will be interesting to see what God has in store.

I’m proud of my girls.

Driving back home all day tomorrow… back to work Friday. (And probably time to announce the winner of our little blog “Top 10” contest by then)

About Jonathan McKee

president of The Source for Youth Ministry, is the author of over twenty books including the brand new The Teen’s Guide to Social Media & Mobile Devices, If I Had a Parenting Do Over, 52 Ways to Connect with Your Smartphone Obsessed Kid; and the Amazon Best Seller - The Guy's Guide to God, Girls and the Phone in Your Pocket. He has over 20 years youth ministry experience and speaks to parents and leaders worldwide, all while providing free resources for youth workers and parents on his websites, TheSource4YM.com and TheSource4Parents.com. You can follow Jonathan on his blog, getting a regular dose of youth culture and parenting help. Jonathan, his wife Lori, and their three kids live in California.
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One Response to Westmont

  1. Howie Snyder says:

    Back when I was in Doulos Ministries in 1993, we made a west coast recruiting trip and visited Azusa, Biola & Westmont. I just remember being blown away by how beautiful the Westmont campus was. Wow, what a place! And so close to the ocean!

    I’m going through this with my senior who is looking at colleges. Her top 3 are Loyola, Valparaiso & Bradley Universities. My father wants my daughter to go to his Alma mater and where he is on the board at – Spring Arbor University in Michigan, which is an outstanding Christian school – but my daughter feels a sense of calling to be salt & light in a more secular environment. That scares me a little, but incredibly proud of her sensitivity to God’s call on her life.