Parents Adapting to Survive

FamilyParenting is hard! Really hard. In fact, if you ever meet a parent who says it’s easy… don’t listen to them. I’m serious. They’re either lying… or they don’t have children.

Effective parenting requires a hefty learning curve. In fact, today’s parents need to learn the art of adapting and learning lessons on the fly just to survive.

I just posted a brand new article on TheSource4Parents.com on this very subject. It’s titled: Three Ways I’ve Adapted to Survive Parenting. Continue reading “Parents Adapting to Survive” »

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Diversity of Maturity in Middle School

Girls textingA few weeks ago I talked with a group of middle school students about sex. As always, it was intriguing to notice the diversity of maturity around the room. I saw a 75 pound 6th grade boy who looked like he was plucked straight off the elementary school playground, sitting next to an 8th grade girl who looked like she was ready to leave for college next week.

How do you address a crowd with this kind of diversity in maturity? Continue reading “Diversity of Maturity in Middle School” »

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Recruiting Your Volunteer Dream Team

pictureHave 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 for God. All I can think of is…

“They’d be perfect youth ministry volunteers!
Middle schoolers would love these two!!!”

And then what do we usually do? We shake our head and say, “I wish they would sign up to help.”

And that is where we usually fail. Continue reading “Recruiting Your Volunteer Dream Team” »

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A dad’s words giving away his daughter

This was powerful. Wow! I won’t mess it up by talking about it. Just watch this little YouTube clip of a dad’s words as he gave away his daughter in marriage:

I’m totally inspired for when I give away my daughters!

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Growing After Graduation

growing-in-faithRemember all that hype about the 5%?

I think I heard it like this. “Do you know that only 5% of Christian students actually keep their faith when they graduate from high school?”

Really? 5%?

Someone said it once, printed it, and it became “research.” I’ve heard all kinds of numbers, some of them unbelievable, some of them from solid research and really sobering. But numbers aside, anyone who has worked in youth ministry for any length of time can attest to one undeniable truth: too many kids walk away from their faith, stop plugging in with other believers or stop attending church after high school.

So that begs the question, how do we help kids grow in their faith so they continue their faith journey, growing and fellowshipping after graduation? Continue reading “Growing After Graduation” »

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Developing Student Leaders

Mom and Teenager TalkingThis 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, and was challenged by my emphasis to provide an adult mentor for each student leader. His specific question was Continue reading “Developing Student Leaders” »

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Actually Reaching Kids Experiencing Same Sex Attraction

tough questions“We have a girl in our youth group who has decided she is a lesbian…”

“I want to share what the Bible says about homosexuality, but I’m afraid it’s going to just build walls instead of breaking them down.”

“My son doesn’t want to believe in God if God is against gays.”

The subject of same-sex attraction is probably one of the biggest issues youth ministries and parents are dealing with today. If our kids Continue reading “Actually Reaching Kids Experiencing Same Sex Attraction” »

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Giving Away Avengers Tickets

avengers-age-of-ultronWINNER POSTED! (see below)

You know how much I like movies… so I thought I’d have a nice little contest and give away some Avenger tickets for the new film coming out this Friday! (Your choice of the tickets, or the Blu-ray of the first film)

That means you have to respond fast, because I’ll give these tickets away Friday morning!

Winning is simple. I just want to know your opinion. So use this blog’s comment feature to comment in this post and tell me Continue reading “Giving Away Avengers Tickets” »

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Was the Pei Wei Hostess Right?

sorry-we're-closedLast night when I finished teaching my More Than Just the Talk parenting workshop in Albuquerque, NM, a bunch of us went out to catch a late night dinner together.

About 15 of us walked into Pei Wei (the poor man’s PF Changs) at 8:38 p.m. A young employee walks up to us and said, “Oh, wow. Yeah, I just wanted to tell you that we close at nine o’clock.”

One of the guys in our group, a police officer, looked at his watch confused and said, “Well… it’s 8:38.”

She said, Continue reading “Was the Pei Wei Hostess Right?” »

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4 Free Videos

Jonathan McKee SEX  interviewThis month I’ve been busy with interviews, both radio and TV, talking about how caring adults can become young people’s “Go To” person about sex.

Sadly, we’re hearing a growing number of stories of kids who were too scared to open up with their parents about the subject of sex, but they’re looking for answers… sometimes to very embarrassing questions.

Of all the interviews I’ve done recently, here is a very helpful four-part series I did on the Canadian TV show My New Day Continue reading “4 Free Videos” »

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