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Tuesday, August 27, 2002
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JIM BURNS INTERVIEWS JONATHAN. ABOUT INTERNET RESOURCES.
you have an incredible web site providing FREE resources to youth workers
around the world. There are a huge
number of people who are affected by your ministry.
How many people on a weekly basis receive your email and come to your site?
Right now I send out an email newsletter to over 11,000 youth workers. That number grows by about 50 to 100 subscribers a week. And
then we get about 3 quarters of a million hits a month on our web site (
incredible. I don?t think there?s
many other web based ministries that get even close to that.
Tell me- you were running a youth ministry reaching several campuses, hundreds
of kids. Why on earth did you take
the time to start a web site.
One night I was doing something very familiar to most youth workers- I was
looking for some fresh ideas for my ministry. I
jumped on the web and typed YOUTH MINISTRY RESOURCES and hit enter. The little search engine said something like 75,000 sites found! I
thought, "Great!? But when I
clicked on it . . . there were just a few lame games and a picture of some guy
playing Chubby Bunnies. As I
investigated further, I found most sites that advertised free resources, gave a
few samples, then had a bunch of stuff for sale. I
thought, ?Those punks!?
I didn?t want to shop .
. . I wanted ideas. I searched for
almost an hour before throwing up my hands and coming to the conclusion . . .
THERE ARE VERY FEW QUALITY FREE YOUTH MINISTRY RESOURCES ON THE INTERNET!!!
So I decided to do
something that almost no one else had done: load my file cabinet of resources
into a web site that would be absolutely FREE to youth workers . . . and it?s
been growing ever since.
think this is the reason for your phenomenal success, because all of us need
resources and lots of times we can?t afford them.
now we?re a web world, so of course we?re going to go to the web for help. I wish more people were doing what you?re doing.
JIM: Now, on you personally.
Speaking and training has taken off in the last five years. Do
you like the switch from working with one group of students to now working with
students all over the nation AND doing multiplication leverage through the web?
Yeah, and you know, that switch hasn?t exactly been a night and day switch. It?s
been more of a segue. Where I used
to work with a few hundred kids, then I found myself helping youth ministers
around the world with their ministries. As
the web ministry grew, I was spending hours a day helping others.
I started to realize the doors God was opening as we were now literally helping tens of
thousands of youth workers a day who are each, in turn, helping anywhere from
20 to even hundreds of students in their area.
As I began to see this
potential for impact, I started spending more time investing in other youth
workers, helping them by providing them with resources, training and
encouragement to do the Lord?s work. So,
for me the change has been exciting because, even though I enjoyed working with
a couple hundred youth, I just saw this incredible door opened by God helping
youth workers around the world and now we?re affecting literally hundreds of
thousands of youth.
know, what we call it at YouthBuilders is ?multiplication leverage.?
You?re multiplying your ministry and you?re leveraging. Because,
even though you could fly to South Africa, the Phillipines . . .
. .or Oklahoma!
JIM: . .
. yeah, you really can?t be in all those places. But
youth workers in South Africa CAN get to your web site, take some of that
material, and in a very real sense, you have an incredible impact on them. And
say I?m a volunteer youth worker with about 20 kids in my group.
What does your ministry do for me.
That?s funny that you say that, because that is a good description of the
majority of youth workers today. They
DON?T have hundreds of kids, a huge budget and a library full of new resource
books. Most youth workers have
little or NO budget, and are starving for good resources, ideas and training. That?s
one reason my web site has become so popular, because there are a ton of great
resources, games, ideas, discussion starters, articles . . . you name it, and
they?re all absolutely FREE. You
don?t have to be a member, there?s no fees, just quality youth ministry
resources you can use.
GROUP Magazine has you writing some articles for them, not to mention their
ONLINE RESOURCES COLUMN. Their
current issue coming out this September actually highlights your article on the
cover about BALANCING FAMILY AND MINISTRY. That?s
a powerful article.
You know, that article touched an issue that affects a lot of youth workers out
there. I wrote the article because
I have first hand experience neglecting my wife and family, ?in the name of
youth ministry!? I learned my
lesson, by God?s grace, not at the expense of my family.
I received an incredible response from that topic when I wrote about it on my web site. I
hope that our ministry will continue to not only provide quality resources that
youth workers can use . . . but I also hope to provide insight as to how God
can help us balance some of the daily pressures we all face, some of the trials
we all go through, as ministers of the Gospel.
JIM: Yep. I
think your writing is an encouragement to youth workers across the world.
JIM: And -some very exciting news- now Gospel Light is publishing your new book-
THE TOP 12 RESOURCES YOUTH WORKERS WANT. It hits the shelves the week of September 9th. I?ve
had the chance to read the book and I love it!
You?ve been doing
resources for a long time now. What
makes this book so unique?
This book not only gives us the daily resources youth workers always ask me for
like games, movie clip ideas with discussion questions, events, complete
agendas . . . this book gives us plenty of those, AND also gives us the HOW TO
DO IT! For example: How do I recruit volunteers, how do I use
small groups in my ministry, or how do I develop student leaders? This
book is a one-stop-shop for youth ministry.
had several endorsements affirming just that.
Yeah . . . I?ve been pleased with the response. For
example, the national director of staff development for Youth for Christ told
me she wants to get it in the hands of all their new field staff.
Wayne Rice made a good comment when he read your book. He
said, ?If you want some practical ideas to
help make your next youth meeting or activity really sizzle, I suggest you look
no further than this book! My friend Jonathan McKee has been doing youth
ministry long enough to know that even when you have a great philosophy, you
still need to know what to do (and what not to do) when the kids show up.?
Wow- Wayne Rice! I?m not worthy! I?m
you also got a great review from Chap Clark, Director of Youth Ministry
Programs at Fuller Theological Seminary. He
says, ?For years Jonathan McKee has been
providing a dynamite (FREE!) resource for youth workers through his website.
Now you can get the best of his thinking in a single volume. It is handy, easy
to read, and very practical. But don't let any of that fool you - it is also
sharp, poignant, and real. I have been teaching and leading youth ministry for
decades, and this is the best single volume on pragmatic programming I have
ever seen. This is a must on every youth worker's shelf!"
That?s a great
endorsement, and I agree. The book
is really helpful. It is both
practical and theoretical. It
really is a must for youth workers to put on their shelf and they will continue
to come back to it over and over again.
So the book is coming
out the week of September 9th. How
do we go get one?
It will be at most Christian book stores, but the best deal is to buy it from
my web site because I?m giving away a great resource with it.
You know I?m all about giving people things for free . . . so if you buy it from me, I?m
giving away the ?2002 Speaker?s Resource CD.? This
CD provides ready-made youth talks, stories and illustrations for your youth
ministry. I?m giving these CD?s away for FREE to anyone who pre-orders the book on my
web site. http://www.thesource4ym.comhttp://www.jonathansresources.com/Books/default.aspx
this is great. Speaking for so
many of us in the world of youth ministry, we appreciate your ministry. We
appreciate your incredible multiplication leverage and just your vision that is
reaching out to thousands of youth workers. And
for me personally your chapter on student leadership is worth more than the
price of the book and it?s helped me in my own ministry with student leaders. Thanks for what you do . . . also thanks for who you are and for the true
emerging leader that you are in the world of youth ministry.
NEW FOUR WEEK SERIES... JESUS: FACE TO FACE
The word is out, I?m giving something away again.
This time I?m giving away a CD with my new four week series called JESUS: FACE TO
I know how hard it is to put together a talk- and sometimes we don?t have a lot of time.
Well, here is your next month of speaking for your weekly program, all in one CD.
The CD also contains a collection of hundreds of stories, quotes and
illustrations for future talks.
My new book ?The Top 12 Resources Youth Workers Want? hits the shelves of your neighborhood Christian
book store the week of September 9th.
Take a closer look:http://www.thesource4ym.comhttp://www.jonathansresources.com/Books/default.aspx
KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!
If you have any other youth ministry ideas you want to share,
please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Jonathan R. McKee
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