New Generation Ministries honors patriarchs

New Generation Ministries honors patriarchs
New Generation Ministries honors patriarchs | New Generation Ministries

Rev. Harold Connor, accompanied by daughter Cathy Holmes, was one of eight men honored by New Generation Ministries for contributions to the community.
After a father performs an amazing act, blazes a new trail or teaches a valuable lesson for the duration of a child’s growing up years, he must then step back and prepare to pass on the baton to the next generation. This past Sunday, Father’s Day, as a way to honor the patriarchs of the community and kick off a four-day-long summer camp, New Generation Ministries held a Father’s Day Banquet at the University of Tennessee at Martin’s Interfaith Center. Though the eight honorees, selected from recommendations of family and church members, came to receive recognition, their lists of accomplishments provided real-life testaments of success to the many young people seated in the audience getting ready for camp. “This is a program designed to recognize the greatness in us,” Pastor Dan Donaldson explained. “How do you handle being knocked down? If you don’t hurry up and get up, you’re going to get caught. We’re honoring eight men who have done great work. They’ve fulfilled different positions in different parts of the community.” Donaldson went on to explain how the men being honored knew the will of the Father and knew the importance of passing on the knowledge to the next generation. “The God that we serve has worked in them,” Donaldson stressed. “They have made the community much better than what it is. With this being Father’s Day, it is important to instill in our children the ability to replace these men. They won’t last forever, but the mission must carry on. We have to keep the meaning, method and message going and be ready to pass the baton.” Following Donaldson’s speech, Dr. Russell Morrow, pastor of Miles Chapel and founder of New Generation Ministries, presented the eight honorees — Willis Brown, Rev. Harold T. Connor, Joe Crutchfield, Manuel Easley, James McDonald, who was unable to attend due to illness, R.C. Nunley, Nathaniel Owens and Col. Bob Smith — with plaques. Special music was provided by Elaine, Audrey and Reggie Morrow. “I’d love to see a set of patriarchs be honored one day from all over the entire community,” Morrow commented. “They lived so that those who will follow in their footsteps will know how it is. May heaven keep smiling on these young people.” The banquet served as an emotional and motivational beginning to the New Generation Ministries summer camp which will last through Wednesday at the Interfaith Center. “In the morning, there will be an enrichment academy, in the afternoon will be recreation and community service and then each evening, there will be a community youth gathering with specials offered each night,” Morrow explained. New Generation Ministries is a program designed to target area youth with fellowship, encouragement and fun. The youth conference is one of the core programs designed to combat juvenile delinquency and enhance quality of life. The organization promotes a complementary enrichment program designed to assist parents, churches and public schools. New Generation Ministries’ four areas of emphasis include personal development principles from the biblical and life experience paradigms that will help students understand their value to God, their family and community, emphasizing strategies they can employ to make a positive difference as productive contributors to society; life skills that will help participants understand and develop personal and marketable skills that will allow them to obtain success in their personal, social and business relationships; financial and business literacy that exposes participants to basic financial principles and entrepreneurial ideas that lead to sustaining wealth and Community Service and civic responsibility that will teach participants the intrinsic goodness and fulfillment that is associated with service to others. In July of 2007, New Generation Ministries hosted its first Summer Youth Conference modeled for students in grades 7-10. Presentations were offered to the students that focused on the ministries’ four areas of emphasis. The program is seeing its second year this week as speakers from across the county gather for the purpose of enriching the children’s lives with opportunities to help prepare them for the future. This year, the program will serve students in grades 6-11. Over the next three days, breakfast will be served as enrichment academy sessions get lined up to take place throughout the day. This year’s theme is “Living Large” and that’s just what the founder of New Generation Ministries, Rev. Russell Morrow, hopes the participants will learn form the Summer Break Youth Conference. Registration is $25 and includes conference meals, events and banquet tickets. For more information on the conference or scholarships, contact Morrow at 731-514-4128.

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