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 TV in 2015

What are the top shows Americans are watching in 2015? Nielsen just cranked out the results. But note that I said, “Americans” …not American teens or American families. That’s a huge difference, simply because Grandpa watches a whole lot more … Continue reading

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Honestly, if I were to choose the word for the year 2015, it would be “honestly.” Young people can’t answer a question without using the word. Continue reading

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Want a Sneak Peak?

Many of you have been hearing the buzz about my upcoming book, 52 Ways to Connect With Your Smartphone Obsessed Kid: How to Engage with Kids Who Can’t Seem to Pry Their Eyes from Their Devices (coming next year). Would … Continue reading

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Teens’ Advice for Parents

“Don’t yell as much.” “Don’t stress over the little things.” “Let me learn from my mistakes.” From the mouths of babes. I love hearing the teen perspective on parenting. And that’s exactly what Elise just received in 20/20. Elise is … Continue reading

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Poor Leadership 101

The youth ministry was fizzling out and no one knew why. It was as simple as this: kids weren’t meeting Jesus, and the ones that already knew Jesus weren’t growing. As a result the group had sputtered and was on … Continue reading

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Inside My Teaching

This week I flew to Kentucky to speak at four different venues: two venues for parents, an event for young people, and finally two workshops at the National Youth Workers Convention. For those of you who are curious about my … Continue reading

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What kids REALLY want

Black Friday is just around the corner and parents are already thinking about what to buy their kids for Christmas. What do you think kids really want from their parents? Ikea posted a poignant YouTube video of an experiment they … Continue reading

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A Free Book for Your Idea

I’m putting the finishing touches on my new parenting book this month, and I’d love your help! I’ll make it simple. If I use your idea, I’ll send you a FREE copy when this book is released. BONUS: Even if … Continue reading

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Teen Media Consumption 2015

How many hours per day do your kids digest entertainment media and technology? Think about it for a moment. If you add up all the screen time, music, social media, video games, TV, mobile video… all of it! How many … Continue reading

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The Math We Miss

Some youth workers aren’t very good at math. Let’s do a little simple math from my new SKINNY book about recruiting volunteers. If you lead a youth ministry and you take an honest look at the time you spend with … Continue reading

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