Author Archives: Jonathan McKee

About Jonathan McKee

president of The Source for Youth Ministry, is the author of over twenty books including the brand new If I Had a Parenting Do Over, 52 Ways to Connect with Your Smartphone Obsessed Kid; Sex Matters; The Amazon Best Seller - The Guy's Guide to God, Girls and the Phone in Your Pocket; and youth ministry books like Ministry By Teenagers; Connect; 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, and 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.

What is your biggest concern with young people and mobile devices?

Let’s have a little CONTEST! I have 5 “Advanced Reader’s Copies” of my upcoming The Teens Guide to Social Media and Mobile Devices sitting right here on my desk… and I want to give them away. (I don’t know if … Continue Reading

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building into young people during their gap year

Lori and I had the awesome privilege to attend the groundbreaking of the new facility at the Impact 360 Institute in Georgia last Friday and Saturday, and I was really impressed… probably too many times to name. But I’ll share with you a few highlights: Continue Reading

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Talking with teens AND parents about social media

This is a subject that needs to be addressed to families, together… in the same room. Continue Reading

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Teen Summer Bucket List Goes Viral

Go to a party Have sex Give two blow jobs 8 hoe pics for Instagram Hook up with Jacob again Get a boob hickey… These are just some of the items on a young person’s “bucket list” gone viral on … Continue Reading

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Sex in the Top 10

it’s always wise to hear what messages their gleaning through their headphones. Today… that message happens to be pretty sexually charged. Continue Reading

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“Here’s the passage”

I’m as type-A as you get. My wife says I’m borderline OCD. I don’t go on a picnic without exhaustive preparation and planning. That’s why Africa is always a stretch for me. Africa is on the complete opposite end of … Continue Reading

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Talking with our kids about Katy Perry

Will teen and tween girls be confused with the mixed messages? On one hand Katy is “open 24” and “spread like a buffet”, while in the song Power, she is a “goddess” demanding respect, telling him you “can’t wield my flowers.” Continue Reading

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When teens regret what they post

Wouldn’t it be nice if we were having conversations about these real world situations in advance… instead of doing emergency cleanup afterwards? Continue Reading

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Helpful new free resources

Here’s a few you won’t want to miss, both for parents and youth workers. I’ll start with youth workers… Continue Reading

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Stop dwelling on past mistakes

The interview provides good news for parents. We’ve all made mistakes. Instead of beating yourself up, ask, “How can I learn from this? How can I make changes? Lets stop dwelling on the past and let’s look at the future.” Continue Reading

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