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.

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This month I’ve been busy with interviews, both radio and TV, talking about how caring adults can become young people’s “Go To” person about sex. Sadly, we’re hearing a growing number of stories of kids who were too scared to … Continue reading

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Sex and Screens

Last Friday night I spoke to a group of middle school kids in Cincinnati about sex and screens… here’s a glimpse of how we got the conversation started. The format was fun. I spoke to them first, letting them know … Continue reading

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Today’s Teens and Their Tech

Last week Pew Research’s Amanda Lenhart released their brand new report on Teens, Social Media and Technology, providing us with the newest data on how many kids are actually online, engaging in social media, and using mobile devices. Any parent … Continue reading

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Binging… not Bonding

Conventional wisdom would tell us that the more time we hang with our kids, the better, right? Not so fast. Our new Parenting Help article on TheSource4Parents.com this week reveals some very surprising research that will make parents rethink “quantity … Continue reading

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Favorite Easter Clips

Year after year I encounter powerful movie, TV and YouTube clips that provoke meaningful discussions about Easter and Christ’s sacrifice for us (we even saw one last season that we highlighted on our The Gospel According to The Walking Dead … Continue reading

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Getting her to interact for the first time

Do you ever encounter a kid who just won’t seem to engage in spiritual conversations? I just received the following encouraging note from “Josh,” a youth worker who happens to also be a foster dad: I wanted to share with … Continue reading

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Engaging Today’s Teens in Meaningful Conversation

Canadian TV show My New Day just posted three of their shows online where the hosts Bob and Audrey interviewed me about engaging today’s teenagers in meaningful conversation. (You’ll see Part 1, 2, and 3 all linked on this page. … Continue reading

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What youth ministry should look like

I walked into the small church Fellowship Hall in Richmond, VA and it was busting at the seams. 300-plus teenagers and about 70 leaders—better than a 1-to-5 ratio of adult to teen. Don’t be intimidated by the numbers… be challenged … Continue reading

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Today is the day… and a freebie for you

Last spring Bethany House Publishing set the release for both of my new books about sex for March 17, 2015, a date that seemed so far away… and it’s finally here! In a world so full of explicit lies, I’m … Continue reading

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Canadian Parents Forced to Talk about Sex

Ontario just updated their sex education curriculum for the first time in 17 years, and parents across the country are a little upset with some of the content. Students will learn about masturbation, oral sex, anal sex (hold on to … Continue reading

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