Author Archives: Jonathan McKee

About Jonathan McKee

president of The Source for Youth Ministry,is the author of twenty books including the brand new 52 Ways to Connect with Your Smartphone Obsessed Kid; More Than Just the Talk; Sex Matters; The Guy's Guide to God, Girls and the Phone in Your Pocket; and youth ministry books like Ministry By Teenagers; Connect: Real Relationships in a World of Isolation; and the 10-Minute Talks series. 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 and his wife Lori, and their three kids live in California.

Are Any of These Cities Near You?

This month I fly to 5 different U.S. states to teach parent workshops… and I’m hoping that I’m coming near you! (and if not… let’s start a dialogue about bringing me out to your city) ARVADA, CO It all starts … Continue reading

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Walking Alongside a New Believer

“What tools can I use to help new Christians understand the commitment they just made?” It’s one of the most common questions I hear from youth ministries who are actually reaching young people for Christ. And I’m glad to hear … Continue reading

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Will Your Kids Watch “Easy” on Netflix?

Today’s young people love Netflix. It’s mobile, it’s commercial free, and as a bonus… most parents have no idea what their kids are watching. That’s why parents should probably be aware of the new sexually-charged Netflix original series, Easy, streaming … Continue reading

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The Christian music kids like… or do they?

Last week I hosted a contest in this blog asking you which Christian songs today’s kids actually like and wouldn’t hesitate playing to their friends. Here are the results. The response was overwhelming. You’ll probably find that post’s comment section … Continue reading

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CONTEST: What Christian Music Do Today’s Kids Actually Like?

Okay… it’s time for me to give something away. A Christian CD of your choice to the winner. Here’s what I want– answer this simple question: What Christian songs (I want song and artist) can you play that today’s young … Continue reading

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Kanye West, MTV and Small Screens

Kanye West debuted his bizarre new music video on the MTV Music Video Awards (VMAs) a week ago… and nobody cared. Until the next day. Then it went viral. The reason is simple: young people are changing the way they … Continue reading

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An Interview with Doug Fields & Josh Griffin

Effectively Resourcing Today’s Youth Workers An Interview with Doug Fields & Josh Griffin Both Doug and Josh have served on the front lines of youth ministry for literally decades. They are two of the leading thought-leaders in our profession and … Continue reading

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Top 5 Impactful Christian Music Artists in the 80’s

Did you grow up in the 80’s? Did you listen to Christian music in the 80’s? My wife Lori was playing Amy Grant’s Straight Ahead album in the car the other day and my girls began complaining. Lori and I … Continue reading

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Contemplating “Suicide Squad”

“Outside you’re amazing, but inside you’re ugly.” “We all are.” (Harley Quinn, Suicide Squad) Imperfection isn’t anything to celebrate. But awareness of your own flaws is a step in the right direction. That’s probably why I enjoyed DC Film’s Suicide … Continue reading

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The Volunteer from Hell: Part III

You’ve discovered an amazing potential volunteer… but you don’t want to mess anything up! You’ve taken the advice of experts and dedicated actual time out of your schedule each week for recruiting and keeping volunteers. Then you took the next … Continue reading

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