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.

Was he right?

It’s the most effective question provoking discussion with teenagers. Three simple words: Was he right? Whenever you encounter something debatable or controversial, just ask the question. Don’t lecture. Just ask and be quiet. It gets young people talking and adults … Continue reading

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Loving Jurassic World

Quality movies have been difficult to find of late. I’m a big “movie buff” and lately I actually find myself going to the theatre less and less, not because of time or money… but because of lack of selection. Enter … Continue reading

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They are just so… SKINNY!

Last week a brand new set of books hit the shelves that are SO SKINNY…. any youth worker can read them! Yeah, even that one intern! Group Publishing had a creative idea of grabbing 6 authors on 6 vital youth … Continue reading

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Coming to SoCal, Little Rock, Louisville…and more

My fall is almost booked solid, but I might be already coming to your area. So take a quick glance at my speaking calendar and see if your church would like to take advantage of any of these openings when … Continue reading

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Somethin’ a lil’ different with my teenagers

We were bored and looking for something to do for the day, something… different. 20+ years as a youth worker, I go back to my youth worker connections when I want to do something fun with my girls and their … Continue reading

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Parents Adapting to Survive

Parenting is hard! Really hard. In fact, if you ever meet a parent who says it’s easy… don’t listen to them. I’m serious. They’re either lying… or they don’t have children. Effective parenting requires a hefty learning curve. In fact, … Continue reading

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Diversity of Maturity in Middle School

A few weeks ago I talked with a group of middle school students about sex. As always, it was intriguing to notice the diversity of maturity around the room. I saw a 75 pound 6th grade boy who looked like … Continue reading

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Recruiting Your Volunteer Dream Team

Have you ever sat in church on a Sunday morning, looked around the room and coveted volunteers? Okay, maybe it’s just me. I’ll notice a young couple I know sitting across the isle who are fun, relevant and on fire … Continue reading

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A dad’s words giving away his daughter

This was powerful. Wow! I won’t mess it up by talking about it. Just watch this little YouTube clip of a dad’s words as he gave away his daughter in marriage: I’m totally inspired for when I give away my … Continue reading

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Growing After Graduation

Remember all that hype about the 5%? I think I heard it like this. “Do you know that only 5% of Christian students actually keep their faith when they graduate from high school?” Really? 5%? Someone said it once, printed … Continue reading

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