Focus Friday: Get Mentored by One of My Faith Heroes


 One of the many perks of working at Focus on the Family—especially for 22 years—is the fact that I’ve had the opportunity to rub shoulders with dozens upon dozens of ministry leaders and Christian musicians. I’ve had lunch with, shared a cup of coffee with, had conversations with, interviewed and been interviewed by so many heroes of mine that I should pay to work here. (Please don’t forward this to our payroll department.)

One of those heroes is former Focus senior executive vice president Del Tackett.

Dr. Tackett worked at the White House with the first President George Bush, is an adjunct professor at New Geneva Theological Seminary and Summit Ministries, and he’s one of the smartest and godliest men I know. And while he was here at Focus, he served the role of “mentor” to me. I never officially asked him to mentor me, but I saw him as such a wealth of biblical knowledge that I once asked if I could meet with him about a spiritual question I had. We met and he couldn’t have been more welcoming and accepting. That first meeting led to a handful of others, and I peppered his email with similar questions. I’m richer today because of our times together.

By now you may be thinking, “Well, that’s great for you. But what about me? I don’t know Dr. Tackett. I don’t have any opportunity such as you describe.”

Au contraire! Thanks to the miracle of video tape, now anyone and everyone has the opportunity to be “mentored” by Dr. Tackett.

What do I mean?

Because Focus on the Family wanted to reverse the stunning Barna Research statistic that found that only nine percent of professing Christians have a biblical worldview, the ministry launched The Truth Project about a decade ago. The Truth Project is a DVD-based small group curriculum comprised of 12 video lessons (recommended to be viewed and discussed over 13 consecutive weeks) taught by Dr. Tackett himself. Consider it your (and your Small Group’s) “personal” mentoring by Del. This study is a great starting point for looking at life from a biblical perspective as each lesson discusses in great detail the relevance and importance of living the Christian worldview in daily life.

If you’re interested in being taught by Del (or helping lead a Truth Project Small Group), go to The Truth Project website and check out the FAQs.

Who wrote this?

Bob Waliszewski is the director of the Plugged In department. His syndicated "Plugged In Movie Review" feature is heard by approximately 9 million people each week on more than 1,500 radio stations and other outlets and has been nominated for a National Religious Broadcaster's award. Waliszewski is the author of the book Plugged-In Parenting: How to Raise Media-Savvy Kids With Love, Not War. You can follow him on Twitter @PluggedInBob.

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Charity Bishop More than 1 year ago

--This is an amazing series. We borrowed it from our church about six years ago, and it was one of the things that led to me getting actually saved, as opposed to merely growing up in the church and assuming I was saved.