Author Archives: Jonathan McKee

About Jonathan McKee

president of The Source for Youth Ministry, is the author of over twenty books including the brand new The Teen’s Guide to Social Media & Mobile Devices, If I Had a Parenting Do Over, 52 Ways to Connect with Your Smartphone Obsessed Kid; and the Amazon Best Seller - The Guy's Guide to God, Girls and the Phone in Your Pocket. 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, his wife Lori, and their three kids live in California.

The CDC, teen risks, and who is vulnerable

Young people identifying as LGBTQ are far more likely to take risks and experience consequences than kids who identify as heterosexual. Again, this is no small percentage. For example Continue Reading

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Helping Teens Press Pause

Whenever I talk with young people about their mobile devices I ask, “How many of you think people are spending too much time staring at their devices?” An overwhelming majority of hands will go up. Yet if you followed those … Continue Reading

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Does Google and Apple care about your kids’ digital addiction?

Yes and finally yes? (It’s about time!) We’ve all heard stories of tech companies concocting evil plans to launch new gadgets and apps addicting children to their devices. Sound like a rumor? Sadly, these legends have proved to be true … Continue Reading

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People are signing up…

I’m so excited how this conference is coming together… sign up now!  (and hit REFRESH on your browser if you’ve visited the site before… the main page has new buttons that need to be refreshed to hit the registration … Continue Reading

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Everything’s different in just 5 years

A few months ago I was eating dinner with a couple who had been in youth ministry for several decades, took a 5 year break, and just began serving in youth ministry again this year. The husband leaned over to … Continue Reading

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Helping leaders reach LGBTQ youth

That’s what this conference will tackle. Take a peek at the details and mark your calendars for our early bird registration on May 31st! Continue Reading

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My baby is getting married

Last weekend was a huge answer to prayer… or I should say an answer to a HUGE prayer Lori and I have been praying since my daughter Ashley was a baby: “Lord, we pray for the man you have for … Continue Reading

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Reaching LGBTQ kids

I’m away with my wife celebrating 27 years of marriage… having a blast with her, I might add… but we’re checking email every other day and doing about 15 minutes of work those mornings (not sure if that is allowed … Continue Reading

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Refreshingly brutal advice to young guys

Back then it was difficult to measure up at school. You had to wear the right clothes, say the right things and blend in. I wore high socks with yellow and blue stripes at the top, an O.P. shirt and my Member’s Only jacket when it was brisk. I couldn’t afford Vuarnet’s, but I had some knockoff Ray-Bans. (Risky Business came out in August 1983… Ray-Bans were the rage!) Continue Reading

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Four conversations parents must have

This new workshop is a natural next step to opening up the doors of dialogue about these important issues with families. Continue Reading

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