As far as I know, Ron has never done youth ministry, but he is a big reason why I am still in youth ministry today.
I have known Ron for 15 years and met him when I first came to live in the States. Ron was Director of Small Groups and Assimilation at my first church here in the U.S and also became a mentor to me about 10 years ago.
Here’s 10 reasons why Ron has helped me to hang in for the long haul. Perhaps a mentor could do the same for you?
1) He knows my good, bad, and indifferent, (and calls me out when I need to be challenged).
2) He’s a friend I trust and feel I can share everything with.
3) He’s in full time ministry at a different church and understands the rigors of ministry that I go through.
4) He has a place in North Michigan that we go to once a year to golf, grill steaks, and share real life together.
5) He has a great marriage that has been strong over many decades. He is a great example of someone who is in ministry and takes care of his wife well.
6) He has a strong faith that inspires me to dig deeper in my own faith walk.
7) He loves ministry! Even though he could have retired a couple of years ago, he loves what he does and has great purpose! He is an inspiration to me.
8) He is wise and helps me to consider the bigger picture of God’s workings.
9) When times are tough, he helps me to laugh.
10) He golfs at my standard and always helps me to feel like Tiger Woods!
There’s lot’s more I could say about Ron, but what I want you to realize is the importance of having a solid mentor in your life. Ron is someone who knows me, cares about me and my family, and is someone who is an incredible example to me. What could your ministry look like with a mentor like Ron in your life?
How has a mentor helped you hang in for the long haul?