The Best Advice I Ever Received

The Best Advice I Ever Received

Fred Sartin was my mentor. He was in his 80s when I was a teenager. He affirmed my call to ministry, took me with him to fill pulpits across Mississippi, gave me books, and told me constantly that my life could be grand in the service of God.

I was only 15 when he convinced the District Superintendent that I should be the next pastor of the New Salem First Church of the Nazarene. He was a constant cheerleader.

Fred was an odd bird. He believed that car air conditioning used too much gas, so he disconnected his air conditioning. Mind you, we lived in sweltering Mississippi.

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Mentoring Young Adults: What Are We Thinking?

Mentoring Young Adults: What Are We Thinking?

One of the better books I’ve read is Souls in Transition by Christian Smith. He studies the age characteristics of the “emerging adult,” 18-23-year-olds who are choosing to navigate life in a little different way than the generations ahead of them. As a college president, you could guess why I am interested in the book. I want to know the influences on this age group.

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