Author Archives: Jonathan McKee

About Jonathan McKee

president of The Source for Youth Ministry,is the author of twenty books including the brand new 52 Ways to Connect with Your Smartphone Obsessed Kid; More Than Just the Talk; Sex Matters; The Guy's Guide to God, Girls and the Phone in Your Pocket; and youth ministry books like Ministry By Teenagers; Connect: Real Relationships in a World of Isolation; and the 10-Minute Talks series. He has over 20 years youth ministry experience and speaks to parents and leaders worldwide, 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 kids live in California.

An Interview with Doug Fields & Josh Griffin

Effectively Resourcing Today’s Youth Workers An Interview with Doug Fields & Josh Griffin Both Doug and Josh have served on the front lines of youth ministry for literally decades. They are two of the leading thought-leaders in our profession and … Continue reading

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Top 5 Impactful Christian Music Artists in the 80’s

Did you grow up in the 80’s? Did you listen to Christian music in the 80’s? My wife Lori was playing Amy Grant’s Straight Ahead album in the car the other day and my girls began complaining. Lori and I … Continue reading

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Contemplating “Suicide Squad”

“Outside you’re amazing, but inside you’re ugly.” “We all are.” (Harley Quinn, Suicide Squad) Imperfection isn’t anything to celebrate. But awareness of your own flaws is a step in the right direction. That’s probably why I enjoyed DC Film’s Suicide … Continue reading

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The Volunteer from Hell: Part III

You’ve discovered an amazing potential volunteer… but you don’t want to mess anything up! You’ve taken the advice of experts and dedicated actual time out of your schedule each week for recruiting and keeping volunteers. Then you took the next … Continue reading

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The Volunteer from Hell: Part II

This week I began a 3 post series in my blog about those ministry volunteers who make our lives miserable. How can we avoid getting ourselves in this mess in the first place? Great question. Let’s continue with our 3 … Continue reading

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The Volunteer from Hell

Whenever my dad and I teach a workshop about recruiting, retaining, training… and even firing today’s New Breed of volunteers (based on our book on the subject), we can guarantee we’ll get questions about ‘The Volunteer from Hell.’ You know … Continue reading

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Behind the Writing

We just made a funny little graphic for my blog’s new book store with a picture of all my books… and it had 20 covers. That made me pause. Twenty! Wow. It doesn’t even feel like twenty. If you asked … Continue reading

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3 Ways to Use Pokémon Go for Conversations

Everyone is jumping on the Pokémon Go craze… the most viral fad since the Harlem Shake. Every news channel has given their take on it, explaining it play by play, analyzing it’s effect on the work place, even providing tips … Continue reading

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Summer Youth Ministry

Youth ministers know we have a FREE TRAINING TOOLS page with all kinds of free training, including FREE TRAINING VIDEOS. (How to connect with kids, how to get teenagers talking, how to share your faith, how to lead games, how … Continue reading

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From Disney Star to Vixen

Demi Lovato is in the headlines again with her sexy new release, Body Say. Sadly, her story isn’t very unique: Disney star. My own girls watched her show Sonny with a Chance and the Camp Rock movies. At age 18, … Continue reading

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