A Quiet Hero

Let me introduce you to my hero. I’ll call him “Stan,” but he represents so many generational disciplemakers who carry out our Calling as Navigators. Stan is a small business owner tucked away in southeastern Ohio. He has had no formal association with The Navigators. But he was helped by a Navigator alumni who led discipleship at Stan’s church. Why is he my hero?
Stan is a disciplemaker with a huge heart for the lost. We meet twice a month for life and leadership coaching, and our conversation inevitably turns to how he has shared the gospel with a family member. His ministry to his siblings, children, grandchildren, cousins, nieces, and nephews is a constant inspiration to me. I know of no one else who is ministering to his family as Stan is. He has led some to Jesus. He has wept with some during illness and at funerals. He is discipling some. But his influence doesn’t stop with his family.
As a business owner and leader, Stan looks for opportunities to encourage, comfort, and share Jesus with his employees. One young man came to faith and immediately sought out Stan for personal help. Stan started using “Lessons on Assurance” with him and gave him a challenge. “I will meet with you, but in time, I’m asking you to pass on what I do with you to someone else.” Stan has a vision for multiplication.
Not only is Stan loving his family and discipling employees, he’s investing in leaders. As he turned 60, Stan decided to intentionally invest in future leaders. He has set some leadership goals and is now recruiting four to six men to help them grow as leaders. Stan is asking this select group for a year-long commitment to become God’s leader in their work, their family, and their church.
Though successful in his business, Stan has a genuine humility about life and sees himself as a simple servant of Jesus, seeking to push back the darkness and bring Jesus’ light to where he lives, works, and plays. Stan is a disciplemaker, and I count it a privilege to call him my friend and my hero.

Bill and Peggy Mowry serve with Navigators Church Ministries in Columbus, Ohio. His passion is to help leaders build Great Commission cultures marked by intentionality, relationships, creativity, and generations of disciplemakers. Bill is the author of the popular workbook The Ways of the Alongsider. He serves as an adviser to the NCM Director team.