Overcoming Mediocrity
A Challenge to African-American Youth
By: Timothy J. Winters

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These eight sermons were shared with the author's congregation over the space of a year and presented on the church's designated Youth Emphasis Days. The messages grew out of a sense of empathy for Black people in general and young African Americans in particular.

The key element to the success of African American youth is the self-determination to overcome mediocrity. Living beneath mediocrity hinders one from becoming one's best. In an unjust, prejudiced society, they must be armed with an internal commitment to live fulfilled lives in spite of their environment. Their key to living out their full potential is Jesus Christ! He said, "As a man (person) thinks in his heart so is he." Young Black people must see themselves functioning at their highest level of potential to overcome mediocrity, cross the finish line, and experience victory!

About the Author
Timothy J. Winters is pastor of the Bayview Baptist Church of San Diego, California. He is a dynamic and inspirational gospel preacher. His powerful, Bible-based sermons directed toward "Reaching the Lost and Teaching the Saved to Serve" make him one of the most sought after preachers in the nation. Pastor Winters' deep knowledge and understanding of the Word, coupled with his ability to "make it plain" has earned him the reputation as an outstanding Bible expositor. He has done extensive research and conducted numerous seminars and workshops in the area of Christian Money Management (Debt-free Living), evangelism and discipleship, and church growth. Pastor Winters' leadership and influence is nationally acclaimed.

Pastor Winters is a graduate of San Diego City College, United States International University, and Glendale Graduate School of Theology. He received his Doctor of Ministry degree and graduated with distinction from United Theological Seminary, Dayton, Ohio in December 1997. Pastor Winters also received an honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree from the historic Bishop College of Dallas, Texas in 1986. The Smithsonian Institute and Cochran Gallery's Songs of My People art exhibit and B.E.T. Network selected Pastor Winters as one of San Diego's 100 African American role models. He was honored for outstanding leadership in the city of San Diego and featured personality in Black Economic News, San Diego, CA. He is the recipient of many other awards and commendation.

Timothy J. Winters was called to ministry in 1969 and ordained in 1971. He was called to Bayview in June 1973. Under his leadership and ministry, Bayview has grown from a membership of less than 60 families that met in a converted three-bedroom house, to a vibrant, thriving, and growing congregation of over 2,500. The church edifice is now a multi-level, multi-purpose building that accommodates an audience of 1,200. Pastor Winters' ministry is highlighted by two churches that were: "planted" through his visionary leadership. They are both now thriving independent congregations. The 40,000 square foot Martin Luther King, Jr. Christian Center was completed in May 1995 to accommodate Bayview's ever-expanding Christian Education ministry, and to meet the needs of the community. It houses Nubia Leadership Academy, the first church-based Charter School in California. Nubia began in September 1997 with an enrollment of 170 students in Grades K-5. The next grade level will be added each year.