Ministry with Men

There is one ahead, and one behind. As much as you need someone standing behind you for support, you need to do the same for someone else

It starts with fathers

If you are a father, or planning to be one, then this is for you.

It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men. – Frederick Douglass

One ahead, one behind. Every man should have another man in his life that stands behind him. It may sound funny that a person should lead you from behind, but this is how it works. I have a mentor. He has been behind me for 33 years. I am not a youngster anymore, but when I look for guidance, I turn to him, especially with aspects relating to Christian ministry. He watches my back.

At the same time, there are men ahead of me, some younger, some older. I take care of them in a way others may not notice. I am aware of their lives, their fears, their ambitions. If I sense something is wrong, I will step in, in a quiet way, and in love, and guide them. I watch their backs.

The relationship does not matter – in the photo above, the mentor is a grandfather, two generations removed. In fact, we often forget just how important grandfathers are. In modern western society, grandparents are often left out of a traditional family, when their presence is critical. They often have more time and experience to impart skills to their grandchildren than what the parents have.