The voice on the other end of the line said, "I am Pastor David.
During the weekend visit, Pastor David said, "Rick, if you come as assistant pastor, it won't be for what you can do for us, but for what we can do for you.
From the beginning, it was crystal clear that David Muir
and the people of the church were committed to my spiritual and leadership growth.
They were incredibly patient.
carefully mentored me, even when my mistakes resulted in turbulence in the church.
praised me for tasks well done, and he
corrected me like a father when I needed it.
Once I broke a confidentiality, and it broke his
didn't give up on me.
invested in me.
resources and especially his
The lessons were not all easy ones.
was a taskmaster, committed to discipline and excellence.
was intolerant of staff members who violated non-negotiable values.
never took a course on mentoring.
limitations and talked about them.
modeled the way; what he
believed was consistent with how he
Over the years, he
committed himself to develop emerging leaders like me.
A primary focus of his
life and ministry - like Jesus - was to mentor young men and women to reach their fullest potential for the Kingdom of God.