Jeff Purkiss: Squires to Knights - Mentoring Our Teenage Boys
Today's families, communities, churches and nation bear little resemblance to those of yesteryear. The onslaught of cultural changes has strained our society beyond its limits. Overwhelming evidence points to the vacuum of authentic manhood as a major cause of these issues. Tomorrow's hope for authentic manhood rests in today's boys. Today's boys need faithful men! They need changed men! They need men equipped to model, teach and mentor. In these pages you will find information and inspiration. And you will discover a strategy for bestowing a vision of Christ-centered manhood to your sons, fatherless boys and all young men.
Jeff has been coach, Scoutmaster, teacher, and counselor for numerous boys and young men. Beginning shortly after his son, Brian's, thirteenth birthday, he has also been leading and teaching in mentoring groups for young men. Brian is now eighteen years old, knows Jesus Christ as his Lord, is strong and courageous in his faith and his identity as a man, has a sound Christian world view and is prepared to pursue God's calling for him in life. This is Jeff 's prayer for all young men. Jeff has also taught various classes for parents of boys and has developed a strategy for equipping men to mentor their sons, fatherless boys and all young men. He also founded Squires2Knights Ministries, offering resources for Christ-centered mentorship by fathers, coaches, Scoutmasters and mentors of all kinds. Jeff has been married to his wife, Lynn, for 23 years and has two teenage children, Brian and Kristen.