jonathan mckee

Waking Up From The American Dream

It was over a decade ago. The kids were young. Ashley was still in diapers. We attended a wealthy church where most of our friends had loads of spending money in their pockets.

We didn’t.

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The Best of the Best 2012

Each year Youth Specialties resources 100,000's of youth workers through events, online content, hours of video…

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If you want to train your teenagers without the expense of hiring professional trainers, you can easily do effective training yourself by using regularly scheduled student leadership meetings.          



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Too Pushy…Or Too Silent

In the last few weeks I’ve had countless conversations with youth workers about sharing our faith in day-to-day real conversations, especially now that my new evangelism curriculum on DVD, Real Conversations is hitting the shelves. And every time people are always surprised with this fact…

Sharing my faith one-on-one terrifies me!

Seriously. I can’t explain why, but I’m always frightened when I get the opportunity to talk to others about my relationship with Jesus. For some reason I have no problem standing up on stage in front of a 1,000 students and talking about Jesus. That’s not frightening to me at all. But if you put me on a plane next to a guy and tell me to try to talk with him about Jesus… I’m petrified!

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When Did Programming Become the P-Word?

Have you noticed that “programming” has become a bad word in many youth ministry circles?


Don’t get me wrong, I love the push-back against those of us who have become so program-focused that we lose sight of why those programs were created to begin with. Sadly, I’ve seen way too many youth ministries running a Wednesday night program for all the kids that are dropped off by mom and dad. Relational ministry trumps this kind of programming any day of the week, an argument I support throughout my book Connect.


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Be Like Flatulence

I trained my junior- high staff how to avoid the “horseshoe” by telling them, “Be like…

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Recruited to Connect

Have you ever noticed the various titles that youth workers give to their adult leaders? Youth…

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In a youth ministry world where “dodgeball” has almost become a bad word, let me encourage…

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Awaken the Creative Genius in Your Ministry

It’s Wednesday night, 7:15 p.m., and 22 kids fill the small youth room. According to the evening agenda (scribbled in ballpoint on a napkin), it’s time to “pull everyone together” and start.

What’s next? Announcements, Worship, Talk, Dismiss.


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Review: Getting Students To Show Up By Jonathan McKee

Do you want students to show up to your event or class?  So does Jonathan McKee, that's why he wrote Getting Students to Show Up: Practical Ideas for Any Outreach Event from 10 to 10,000.  McKee draws from his many years in-the-trenches planning events, as well as his experience speaking at events, in order to provide a very valuable resource for youth workers.

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