Author Archives: Jonathan McKee

About Jonathan McKee

president of The Source for Youth Ministry, is the author of over a dozen books including the new Get Your Teenager Talking, The Guy's Guide to God, Girls and the Phone in Your Pocket, The Zombie Apocalypse Survival Guide for Teenager, and youth ministry books like Ministry By Teenagers, Connect: Real Relationships in a World of Isolation, and the 10-Minute Talks series. Jonathan speaks and trains at conferences, churches and events across North America, 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 teenagers Alec, Alyssa and Ashley live in California.

At what age should I let my kid have a phone?

I hear the question at every parenting workshop I teach. It comes in many forms: “How young is too young for my kids to have their own phone?” “I didn’t get my kid a phone… I just got them an … Continue reading

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52 Ways to Connect

The book, the workshop… it’s happening. Last night I taught my brand new parent workshop, Connect with Your Smartphone Obsessed Kid, for the second time. I’m excited with the feedback I’m hearing so far! And speaking of feedback… My publisher … Continue reading

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Parenting Do Over

“Here’s something I would definitely do differently…” NOTE: Some great comments in this blog post. Clearly one of those posts where the true treasure is in the comments. See bottom of this post for book winners. This question is for … Continue reading

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The Limp Truth about Porn

The most recent cover of Time Magazine had just one caption: “Why young men who grew up with Internet porn are becoming advocates for turning it off.” The cover article was titled, Porn and the Threat to Virility (subscription required). … Continue reading

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Netflix Binging

And how we can use Netflix to connect with our kids It’s funny how the proliferation of mobile devices is actually changing the way young people watch entertainment. One of the biggest changes is video streaming. Think about it. At … Continue reading

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Helping Today’s Parents

My 3 Favorite Places to Get Real-World Help for Parents Parenting was difficult for my parents, and I wasn’t even begging them for a Smartphone! Now add technology into the mix… how are today’s parents even supposed to handle the … Continue reading

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Free Ministry-Leaders Training in NorCal

Recruiting volunteers ain’t like it used to be. Volunteers have changed. Have you changed too? I love ministry leaders.. and ministry leaders love FREE. So Saturday, April 9th I’m teaching a free training workshop in Northern California for any ministry … Continue reading

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3 Tips Speaking to Kids… Who Don’t Want to Listen

A few months ago a youth worker from El Paso, TX called me up and asked, “Do you want to speak at school assemblies for a week in Texas?” If I would have answered him honestly, I would have responded, … Continue reading

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Top 30 Youth Ministry Blogs

This month YouthMinistry.com posted the Top 30 Youth Ministry blogs and thanks to readers like you, we made the list… twice! They listed THE SOURCE FOR YOUTH MINISTRY in slot No. 5, and then my personal blog JonathanMcKeeWrites.com in slot … Continue reading

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I’m On Your Radio Today

This week I’ll be interviewed by Dennis Rainey and Bob Lepine on Family Life Today, aired on over 1400 radio stations in the US. I’ll be their guest three days in a row starting today- March 16, 17 and 18, … Continue reading

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