Sometimes you don't have their attention for very long...
Whether you've planned for a short message or your program has run long, a ten-minute talk is sometimes all
you have space for in your youth ministry. So make sure you make it ten minutes that really count!
Each talk provides the tools you need to make it count, and the flexibility to make it work for your context:
- The Big Idea
- A Powerful Story
- Transitional Statements
- Small Group Questions (on included CD)
- Completely Customizable Transcripts (on included CD)
THE METHOD JESUS USED...
If you need to communicate something meaningful in just a little time, 10-Minute
Talks has just what you need--two dozen ready-to-go, story-based talks. With talks
for spiritual growth, targeted at your Christian students, and outreach talks, perfect
for any teenager, you'll be prepared to give them a bite of truth that they can walk
away remembering. Following the method Jesus used most often, these 10-Minute
Talks give you stories that can impact students with one simple point.
What others are already saying about this incredible new book:
GREG STIER ABOUT TALKING TO TEENGAGERS:
"It seems as though books about how to do ‘talks' are a dime a dozen. Not this one. 10-Minute Talks is
full of material that flat out works. If you're a youth worker who'd rather spend time ministering to students
than Googling the latest lesson outlines and illustrations, 10-Minute Talks is exactly what you need.
Jonathan's talks combine compelling intros, solid biblical teaching, and practical applications. You won't
-Greg Stier, president, Dare 2 Share Ministries
"Jonathan truly understands youth and how to minister to them. He also knows how to communicate Scripture to youth in
high-impact ways. 10-Minute Talks
is filled with messages that do exactly that."
-Dan Kimball, author, They Like Jesus but Not the Church: Insights from Emerging Generations
"Don't make the mistake of thinking this is another book of quickie ideas for microwave youth work: 10 minutes of prep
time and 10 minutes of mush that has about 10 minutes of impact in a student's life! What Jonathan has given us in
is a collection of engaging, biblical messages that can be delivered in 10 minutes-but also offer
students images and examples that can provide a lifetime of impact. I also really like the extra touches provided with
each talk: The transition helps, the specific biblical passages, the application ideas, the presentation tips. For me,
those are some of toughest parts of message preparation. I know a lot of youth workers will find this book really
helpful. Good stuff!"
-Duffy Robbins, author, Speaking to Teenagers; professor of youth ministry, Eastern University
"Good, tight talks to teenagers are a challenge, if not an art form. Jonathan's book not only supplies practical outlines
and stories that make this task much easier, it teaches a way of thinking about talks that you'll carry with you into a
fruitful ministry anywhere. While there's no such thing as a ‘just add water' resource, if you learn to ‘just add context,'
this book will jump on and off your shelf like your favorite cereal!"
-Dr. Dave Rahn, vice president and chief ministry officer, Youth for Christ/USA
"If you can talk to kids, you can talk to anybody! I've always believed that youth pastors make the best preachers, and
Jonathan's book proves the point. His method and messages will help every communicator connect quickly, communicate
clearly, and close effectively."
-F. Bryan Wilkerson, senior pastor, Grace Chapel, Lexington, Massachusetts
"Working with junior highers, I've learned the importance of short, high-impact lessons. Thanks, Jonathan, for providing
us with an easy-to-use resource that makes the tough job of writing talks a whole lot easier!"
-Kurt Johnston, Saddleback Church; author, My Faith, My Family, My Friends, and My School (from the
Youth Specialties Middle School Survival Series)
"What should busy youth workers do with a book that will help them connect better and speak better-while actually saving
time? Buy it and use it! Jonathan McKee has taken a lifetime of speaking experience and put it into 24 great messages that
you can actually use! This is no ivory-tower collection of lectures that someone hopes might
connect; no, the
illustrations are sharp, the messages relevant, and the content is tested and proven. If you have the gift of teaching,
but your kids don't seem to have the gift of listening, 10-Minute Talks
could be for you!"
-Ray Johnston, senior pastor, Bayside Church, Granite Bay, California
"Few things have greater power than a story. Jonathan McKee has gathered some unforgettable stories that can provide a
foundation for presenting life-changing truth. If you only have 10 minutes, this may be what you need to make every one
of them count."
-Ken Davis, author, How to Speak to Youth...and Keep Them Awake at the Same Time
"Spurgeon said that the first golden rule in holding an audience's attention is to say something worth hearing.
. That's what keeps people riveted on the Word of God. Jonathan McKee shows us how to demonstrate the
Bible's relevance for youth. These talks grew in the soil of Jonathan's experience (young people have real needs) and
were forged in the fire of his convictions (the Bible has real answers)."
-Jeffrey Arthurs, professor of preaching and communication, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
"Jonathan does two things well here: At the beginning of almost every talk he grabs hold of his listeners' ears and
commands their attention. Then, through the use of story and thoughtful transitions, he invites them to allow God to
change either their attitudes or their behavior."
-Joel Eidsness, pastor emeritus, Walnut Hill Community Church, Bethel, Connecticut
"Jonathan McKee has brought another outstanding resource to the youth ministry world. Our YouTube and Facebook culture
demands instant answers that are entertaining, as well as relevant. In 10-Minute Talks
, Jonathan shows just how
to get the job done. The talks are relevant, powerful, and perfect for just about any youth setting."
-Jay Laffoon, cofounder, Celebrate Your Marriage Conferences®