Continuing our look at the conversation between Teen Mania’s Former Director of Marketing and Honor Academy alumni…
Jeremy: after what I witnessed and was privy to as a staff member at the director level directly under Ron…TMM leadership has some massive issues…Ron specifically. The arrogance, the judgement, the spiritual manipulation, the utter lack of compassion and regard for people who gave up good salaries and careers to come “serve the vision” of TMM…yea, the vision is right…Ron just needs to go.
Jeremy: To be clear…the vision of TMM – to mobilize young people to take His message to the world – thats spot on. And I don’t want the “ministry” potential to be silenced or to disappear which is why I support it…I support the vision and its’ reason for existing. Its just that what it has become is not what it started out to be. And Ron is directly responsible for what it is. I just pray that the ministry can continue into the future – but only if it is fundamentally changed.
Jeremy: No it’s not a cult as we know cults… It’s just severely screwed up in more ways than anyone on the “outside” could possibly imagine or would ever see. It’s like a Hollywood western scene: the saloon looks awesome and authentic, but lean on the prop and the whole set comes crumbling down. You can call me if you like and we can discuss it. It’s appalling really… and I should know. I’m a former intern, project director, and staff member who served at the director level, sitting right under Ron. The things I saw and witnessed were simply unbelievable
Alumnus 3: Isn’t it odd how we discussed this before? You know, about feeling pressured into decisions or we “don’t trust God enough.” Heavy heart as all of this is coming to the surface.
Jeremy: A heavy heart indeed… but what’s in the darkness will always have a way of coming to the light. If TMM is to survive, it needs a complete leadership and vision overhaul. If I explained what I witnessed while working there, you would think it was a fascinating work of fiction.
Alumnus 3: I don’t doubt it. But, I am absolutely grateful for leadership like you.
Jeremy: Yes, there are a lot of good people who are affiliated with TMM, who have great skills and great hearts for young people and missions. That’s why 90% of the people that have issues with the organization (and there are hundreds of them, multiple lawsuits, etc.—you’d never know it unless you were on the inside, seeing all of this) don’t want TMM to cease to be, but to have their entire upper level leadership dissolved and be resurrected under new leadership and new vision.