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, and 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.

Top 3 qualities I’m looking for when I hire

Someone just asked me, “Jonathan, we’re looking for a new youth pastor. What would you look for in a youth pastor?” What would you say? Good speaker? Kids like them? Organized? (Those are the ones I hear from people frequently.) … Continue reading

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Putting answers in the hands of young people

Working with teenagers, I always have my eyes open for relevant books, evangelism tools and devotionals (last year I even answered that question in this blog, “Any good resources for my mentors to develop our student leaders?”). This week I … Continue reading

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Terry Crews’ Porn Addiction

Actor Terry Crews took a bold step this month, going public about his past addiction to porn. Many know Crews from his acting in shows like Brooklyn Nine-Nine or even his voice work in the Veggie Tales Celery Night Fever … Continue reading

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Today’s Teens Compared to Yesterday’s Teens

Would you guess today’s young people are drinking more or less alcohol than you when you were a teenager? What about drugs? More or less? Sex? Smoking? Last week released an article with a title saying, “Today’s teens have … Continue reading

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What age is too early?

When is it to early to talk with our kids about sex? This morning I received the following question from a concerned parent: Dear Jonathan, A few days ago my 8-year-old son was playing on a playground when another elementary-aged … Continue reading

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Parenting Advice from Mom of Columbine Killer

Tonight at 10PM ABC’s Diane Sawyer will be interviewing Sue Klebold, mother of Columbine killer Dylan Klebold. If you’re a parent, do not miss this interview. I’m fascinated by this interview, not only as a student of youth culture whose … Continue reading

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The Sex Talk Your Kids Hear Every Day

Your kids hear sex talks every day. The question is, are you the one giving the talk? It happens every time I bring up the subject of sex around parents. Parents always say, “Oh, I had that talk with Taylor … Continue reading

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Sex and Valentines Day

Valentines Day is rapidly approaching, romance is in the air, and there’s no better time to talk with today’s young people about sexual intimacy, specifically the “sexpectations” that many young people face around this holiday. Don’t worry, we’ve got some … Continue reading

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Fun Resources for the BIG GAME

It’s almost Super Bowl time… and that means our annual BIG GAME Quiz! For those of you have been following for the past few years, you probably look forward to the fun little FREE resource we provide every year … Continue reading

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Recruiting Volunteers… in Hawaii?

Lori and I are celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary this week, and that’s why I was pretty excited when the county of Maui booked my dad and I to teach a workshop on the island this Friday on mobilizing the … Continue reading

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