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.

Dad’s Version of “Rude”

Magic’s song “Rude” has been at the top of the charts for over a month now, currently at the No. 1 spot on Billboard, Spotify and iTunes. And now, a parody of the song is going viral on YouTube. Magic’s … Continue reading

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Promiscuity or Monogamy

What’s more enjoyable, a monogamous sexual relationship, or promiscuity (sleeping with whoever you want)? Most entertainment media seems to lean towards the latter. Why is this? Does promiscuity really make more sense? This week I finished writing a book to … Continue reading

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Epic Games

IT’S TIME FOR A SIMPLE CONTEST! Submit your idea and the top three ideas win big from my friends over at Download Youth Ministry. WINNERS POSTED! SEE BELOW. You see, in the last 5 days I’ve been called upon twice … Continue reading

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The Most Pain I’ve Ever Experienced

“You’re 44-years-old. You know you’re not a kid anymore, right?” I’ve heard that a dozen times in the last four days. Starting with one of the nurses as I was being rolled out of the ambulance into the ER. It … Continue reading

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Kids or Adults?

The biggest complaint I hear from parents is about the amount of time their kids are glued to their entertainment and technology. Kids are glued? Pop Quiz: Which generation watches more TV in America? A.  My 16-year-old daughter? B.  My … Continue reading

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64 Percent of High School Seniors Have Had Sex

Are more kids having sex than years prior? The answer depends on where and when. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) just released their brand new Youth Risk Behavior Survey (one of the three studies I’ve been anticipating), a study … Continue reading

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A Book All Husbands Should Read

A couple weeks ago Doug Fields finally released a book I’ve been eagerly awaiting, a candid marriage book to men titled, 7 Ways to Be Her Hero. Speaking frankly, I’m just not that excited about most marriage books. Many of them … Continue reading

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Teen Online Behavior 2014

Last week McAfee released their newest Teens and Screens study to help us understand exactly what our kids are doing online. The report revealed some interesting findings about teens’ online habits. Here are a few observations worth noting: Teenagers Love … Continue reading

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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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