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.

Training Your Own Volunteers

If you’re a ministry leader, what do you do to keep you leaders sharp? It didn’t take long for me to discover that all my volunteers enjoyed two things: food and socializing. So I decided to provide both, by gathering … Continue reading

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3 Studies I Eagerly Await

As you know, I like to keep my thumb on the pulse of youth culture. (Funny analogy. Does anyone really take someone’s pulse with a thumb?) This means hanging out with teenagers, but also keeping my eyes on research about … Continue reading

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Gimme Your Sex Questions

For the last few months I’ve been writing a book to parents encouraging and equipping them to have candid conversations with their kids about sex. In a world so full of explicit lies, today’s kids need parents who aren’t afraid … Continue reading

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Not My Kid

On Saturday I showed parents a glimpse into the world of today’s youth culture… and on Sunday a mom pulled me aside. “I have to tell you a story.” It’s funny, but whenever I spend a weekend teaching parents at … Continue reading

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Moving from YOU SHOULD to SHOULD YOU?

I’m working on a brand new Parenting Help article that will be featured on the front page of TheSource4Parents.com next week. I thought I’d give you, my blog subscribers, a first peek at it and throw me some feedback. Which … Continue reading

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The Lonely Road of Doing Whatever You Want

The following is an excerpt from my new book, The Guy’s Guide to God, Girls and the Phone in Your Pocket. This is just one of the 101 pieces of advice I offer to young guys in that book. In … Continue reading

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Asking Right Questions… the Wrong Way

Do your kids open up or clam up when you ask questions? Think about that for a second. Because chances are, you ask questions one of two ways. One approach gets young people talking. The other tactic… they look for … Continue reading

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The Social Media Irony

(and 5 Ideas to “Socialize” the Socially Isolated) In a world where 4 out of 5 teenagers are social media users, you’d think young people would be growing more… social? Sadly, no. In fact, most research is revealing quite the … Continue reading

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Brutally Honest Advice to Today’s Guys

A bunch of people have been asking me the story behind my brand new book of brutally honest advice to today’s guys. The truth is… I almost didn’t write it. Last summer my agent called me and said, “I’ve got … Continue reading

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My Favorite Easter Clip

Easter is just around the corner… some of you are still preparing lessons or discussions, or even looking for ways to engage in meaningful conversations with our kids about the amazing sacrifice Jesus paid for us. Year after year I … Continue reading

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