My favorite training of the year

Posted on: 05/18/20 10:00 AM | by Jonathan McKee

I’ve been to a lot of youth ministry conferences over the last couple decades…some really good ones. But one of my favorites is always the Youth Specialties National Youth Workers Convention (NYWC). And it will be no exception this year. (And I promise you…I don’t get a thing for posting this. I’m truly just pointing you toward a worthwhile opportunity!) 

Check it out: https://nywc.youthspecialties.com #NYWC20  (and check out below for the special buy-one-get-one regulation on launch day- today- Monday!)

Here’s the thing about this conference… literally everyone is there!

Last year someone grabbed me in the hallway and asked me which workshop they should go to and I looked at the list. During that specific slot their choice of speakers was me, Doug Fields, Greg Stier, Kara Powell, Scott Rubin and about another ten good options. I told them honestly… “You can’t go wrong with ANY of these!” (In fact, I think they attended Greg’s, and then got the audio download for the rest of them.)

And this year, it’s actually going to be even better. This year the conference is going to be focusing even more on giving you that individual attention you need. I kid you not. All of the workshop presenters will be available to hang out with you between sessions and dialogue with you about ministry.

And if you sign up today… Monday… (the day this blog was posted)… you will get an extra registration to share with someone else (yeah… that’s a $200 savings… the cheapest you’ll get all year!!!) And if you register after Monday… it’s still a slamming deal. Jump on the web site and take a peek for yourself!

So what are you waiting for?

Getting Jonathan Screen-to-Screen

Posted on: 05/11/20 5:54 PM | by Jonathan McKee

It’s interesting how things have changed in the last few months, with every single one of my school assemblies, parent workshops, and speaking at conferences postponed. I’ve given more people ZOOM attention in the last 8 weeks than in the last 8 years combined.

So here’s an opportunity to get some screen-to-screen love (which isn’t as good as having me come to your city in person…but on the bright side, it’s literally almost 1/10th the cost).

Click on this page and check out the new ZOOM workshops we’re offering. It’s kinda fun. I jump on one page with a bunch of parents from one church, one school, one organization… give them some fresh help and then answer their questions personally…screen-to-screen.

In short, you can have me do my PARENTING GENERATION SCREEN, or HELPING TEENS WITH SCREENS, or a special Covid-19 “Teen’s & Screen-Time in the Meantime” workshop… all via ZOOM. And you can record it as a resource for your church or organization in the future.

Here’s the thing; if you do this ZOOM workshop I’m throwing in a free coaching session as well. The reason why? Whenever someone brings me to their city I usually sit with them for a meal or two and we get a chance to hang out and talk life, ministry, and the future. So I don’t want people to be robbed of this.

So check out this page and talk with me if you’d like to bring this affordable ZOOM workshop to the parents at your church, school or organization (or just CLICK HERE to contact me about doing a ZOOM workshop for you). Let me know how I can help and let’s connect.

SoCal, Nebraska, Tennessee, North Carolina…

Posted on: 03/10/20 9:50 PM | by Jonathan McKee

Interesting variety of speaking coming up, from a parent workshop at Mariners Church, equipping educators at a wellness convention, to school assemblies in North Carolina…

Here’s my upcoming schedule for the next two months—maybe I’m speaking near you! (and if not, feel free to reach out to me about speaking in your city)

March 22, 2020, Irvine, CA
“Parenting Generation-Screen” workshop, Mariners Church Continue reading “SoCal, Nebraska, Tennessee, North Carolina…” »

Speaking in a City Near You

Posted on: 01/6/20 9:00 AM | by Jonathan McKee

2020 is here and it’s almost time to start frequenting airports again. Here’s my upcoming schedule for the next couple months—maybe I’m speaking near you! (and if not, feel free to reach out to me about speaking in your city)

UPCOMING SPEAKING

January 12, 2020, Nags Head, NC
Preaching, Parenting Workshop, Nags Head Church

January 17-18, 2020, Harrisburg, PA
Leadership Training, Royal Rangers Leaders Conference Continue reading “Speaking in a City Near You” »

I’m On Your Radio Today and Tomorrow

Posted on: 11/18/19 3:30 AM | by Jonathan McKee

Today and Tomorrow Focus on the Family will be airing my Parenting Generation-Screen workshop on their daily radio broadcast…the first time they’ve done this.

In past shows President Jim Daly and Co-Host John Fuller have interviewed me about “Teens and Screens” or parenting…but this week they’re doing something a little different Continue reading “I’m On Your Radio Today and Tomorrow” »

You gonna get ate up

Posted on: 06/4/19 3:28 PM | by Jonathan McKee

Classic 2 minute video trending on YouTube right now… probably in part to Craig Groechel’s amazing post where he played this video and talked about it. (Shout out to Craig- he can preach!)

The video is from “Sister Pooh,” and let me just say this: She is an amazing communicator!

Watch this quick little video, if you haven’t already stumbled upon it Continue reading “You gonna get ate up” »

Headed your way

Posted on: 04/2/19 6:43 PM | by Jonathan McKee

It’s been a pretty busy travel schedule so far in 2018… am I headed your way?

This weekend I head to SC, then a nice little rest for the weeks surrounding Easter… then back to it in May. Take a peek at my speaking calendar HERE and if I’m in your area come hear me speak at a church near you or teaching one of my FREE parent workshops?

Here’s a glimpse of the next few months… still a few openings Continue reading “Headed your way” »

7 Things This Camp Does Right

Posted on: 03/2/19 10:00 AM | by Jonathan McKee

That all camps should emulate

I’ve been speaking at Camp Timber-lee in Wisconsin for over a decade now, and this past weekend I was thinking, This camp does soooooooooo many things right… I wish every camp could visit and glean from the experience.

So here’s the next best thing. Here are 7 things I see them doing right again and again and again for their winter camp weekend retreats…

1. Kids start having fun the second they arrive.I’ve been to countless camps where kids don’t get to do their favorite thing—hang out—until literally the second day after lunch. Really. A lot of camps immediately file kids into a long program, then small groups, then bed, then breakfast, then another program, some forced rec time, then lunch… THEN finally free time! Camp Timber-lee has free time programmed for the Continue reading “7 Things This Camp Does Right” »

please pray for us

Posted on: 11/2/18 3:30 AM | by Jonathan McKee

It’s been an interesting week, with my new bullying book releasing yesterday, and doing a two day show about bullying with Focus on the Family

But honestly, my mind is on tonight.

Tonight and tomorrow my friends Sean McDowell, Greg Stier and Caleb Kaltenbach are joining together with me to speak to church leaders about reaching LGBTQ youth at our Anchored Leadership Conference.

We are excited, yet nervous, about this event because we know Continue reading “please pray for us” »

Sooooooooo excited

Posted on: 10/22/18 4:48 PM | by Jonathan McKee

I don’t know the last time I was this excited about teaching at a conference. Maybe it’s because it’s something we are sooooooooo passionate about, reaching young people who identify as LGBTQ+.

This isn’t your typical conference. It’s just something my friends Sean McDowell, Greg Stier and I were talking about… and we were like, “Let’s do it!”

And so we did.

I’m talking about the Anchored Leadership Conference in just a couple weeks on November 2 and 3… either in SoCal or live-streamed that week (if you can’t watch it live, you can actually replay it once that week for up to one week).

We put together the conference because it’s addressing hands down the biggest issue we’ve been getting questions about in the last two years Continue reading “Sooooooooo excited” »