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.

Helping Today’s Parents

My 3 Favorite Places to Get Real-World Help for Parents Parenting was difficult for my parents, and I wasn’t even begging them for a Smartphone! Now add technology into the mix… how are today’s parents even supposed to handle the … Continue reading

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Free Ministry-Leaders Training in NorCal

Recruiting volunteers ain’t like it used to be. Volunteers have changed. Have you changed too? I love ministry leaders.. and ministry leaders love FREE. So Saturday, April 9th I’m teaching a free training workshop in Northern California for any ministry … Continue reading

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3 Tips Speaking to Kids… Who Don’t Want to Listen

A few months ago a youth worker from El Paso, TX called me up and asked, “Do you want to speak at school assemblies for a week in Texas?” If I would have answered him honestly, I would have responded, … Continue reading

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Top 30 Youth Ministry Blogs

This month posted the Top 30 Youth Ministry blogs and thanks to readers like you, we made the list… twice! They listed THE SOURCE FOR YOUTH MINISTRY in slot No. 5, and then my personal blog in slot … Continue reading

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I’m On Your Radio Today

This week I’ll be interviewed by Dennis Rainey and Bob Lepine on Family Life Today, aired on over 1400 radio stations in the US. I’ll be their guest three days in a row starting today- March 16, 17 and 18, … Continue reading

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Do Carl’s Jr.’s Sexy Ads Sell?

Does sex sell? Carl’s Jr./Hardee’s is known for their over-the-top sexy ads. From Paris Hilton sensually washing a Bentley while eating a burger, to two girls getting in a scuffle at the BBQ grill and seductively intertwining to eat the … Continue reading

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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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