Category Archives: Youth Ministry Philosophy

Top 30 Youth Ministry Blogs

This month YouthMinistry.com 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 JonathanMcKeeWrites.com in slot … 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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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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Expelled… or Vicus?

I love hearing youth ministry stories and ideas from youth workers around the world, and yesterday I heard one that really “popped.” We’ve been in South Africa for 3 days now, playing tourist, hanging out with youth workers, and speaking … Continue Reading

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Chaperone… or Sherpa?

What do you call your adult leaders in your youth ministry? Chaperones? Leaders? Ministers? …Steve? Is there a word that captures their purpose a little better? I’ve taught my Connect workshop to youth leaders 3 times in the last 7 … Continue Reading

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The Most Vital Skill in Youth Ministry

“What is the most important skill I need to teach my volunteers?” That’s what my friend Brandon asked me when he was planning his fall training with all of his leaders. What would you answer? Without hesitation I answered him, … Continue Reading

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They are just so… SKINNY!

Last week a brand new set of books hit the shelves that are SO SKINNY…. any youth worker can read them! Yeah, even that one intern! Group Publishing had a creative idea of grabbing 6 authors on 6 vital youth … Continue Reading

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Recruiting Your Volunteer Dream Team

Have you ever sat in church on a Sunday morning, looked around the room and coveted volunteers? Okay, maybe it’s just me. I’ll notice a young couple I know sitting across the isle who are fun, relevant and on fire … Continue Reading

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Developing Student Leaders

This week I received a great question in the form of a tweet, one I’ve been asked repeatedly about mentoring young people. Youth pastor Brandon asked me about developing today’s student leaders. He finished reading my book, Ministry By Teenagers, … Continue Reading

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What youth ministry should look like

I walked into the small church Fellowship Hall in Richmond, VA and it was busting at the seams. 300-plus teenagers and about 70 leaders—better than a 1-to-5 ratio of adult to teen. Don’t be intimidated by the numbers… be challenged … Continue Reading

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