Augustine as Mentor: A Model for Preparing Spiritual Leaders

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Overview

Lauded for his thoughts, Augustine of Hippo (354-430) has influenced virtually every philosopher of the last fifteen hundred years. But his personal character and ministry are even more remarkable, for in a time when most monastery dwellers sought solitude, Augustine was always in the company of friends, visiting disciples and writing mentoring letters to those he knew.

Augustine as Mentor is written for modern day pastors and spiritual leaders who want to mentor and equip other evangelical Christians based on proven principles in matters of the heart like integrity, humility, faithfulness, personal holiness, spiritual hunger, and service to others.

Author Ed Smither explains, "Augustine has something to offer modern ministers pursuing authenticity and longing to 'preach what they practice.’ Through his thought, practice, success, and even failures, my hope is that today’s mentors will find hope, inspiration, and practical suggestions for how to mentor an emerging generation of spiritual leaders.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805447071
  • Publisher: B&H Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/1/2009
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 877,213
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Edward L. Smither is assistant professor of Church History and Intercultural Studies at Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary in Lynchburg, Virginia, and the author of Augustine as Mentor. He previously taught in North Africa and France and holds a Ph.D. in Historical Theology from the University of Wales-Lampeter. Smither and his wife have three children.

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Table of Contents

Preface v

Abbreviations vii

Chapter 1 Mentoring in the First Century 1

Chapter 2 The Mentoring Matrix 24

Chapter 3 Who Mentored Augustine? 92

Chapter 4 Augustine's Approach to Mentoring 125

Chapter 5 Augustine's Thoughts on Mentoring 213

Epilogue: Shepherding Shepherds Today 258

Index 261

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