The college years are some of the most formative years of life. The context of the university campus is unlike any other—rich with educated voices, diversity, freedom, opportunity, and space for students to explore who they are and who they are becoming. However, for far too many students today, the formative college years are being wasted. In a lot of ways college has become high school, part 2, but with a lot of debt incurred. The college experience demands a transition, or series of transitions, and our young adults need to be encouraged to work with God to make the most of their formative college years.
And that’s where you come in. Most of today’s students will not find their way into these significant transitions on their own. They need you. They need a mentor—someone who can help them to recognize God’s present work in their life, and the direction they need to move in. This book is designed to assist mentors—the parents, pastors, professors, coaches, employers, etc.—serve as a guide, a rudder, or even a springboard into conversations surrounding specific arenas of life that require our students’ attention, consideration, and application or action. It’s about the rest of their lives and best utilizing some of the most formative years they will ever have available to them. Now is the time for students to co-labor with God—and you—to become the women and men they are intended to be!
Dr. Guy Chmieleski serves as the University Minister at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. He is also the Founder and primary author of FaithONCampus.com, a popular blog focused on better equipping mentors of college students. Going off to college as a relatively new Christian, Guy experienced first-hand the power of mentoring relationships. In fact, it was one of Guy’s campus pastors that first recognized in him a possible call to minister to college students. Since graduating from Bethel University in 1997, Guy has gone on to serve students on campuses in South Florida, Kentucky, and Southern California before landing in Nashville in 2005. He has earned an M.A. in Ministry from Palm Beach Atlantic University (2000) and a Doctorate of Ministry with an emphasis in Spiritual Formation and Leadership Development from George Fox Evangelical Seminary (2005). Guy and his wife Heather reside just south of Nashville with their five children Derek, Autumn, Kaiya, Noll, and Lailie Grace.