From the Rep’s Corner

Inside the Soul of A Honest Disciple

If I could ask Jesus one thing right now it would be, “Did ministry ever make you think you were crazy, losing your mind or even that you weren’t even really the Son of Man and all the rejection and ridicule you faced was beginning to tear you down and doubt the truth?

You see I have many titles, many responsibilities, many expectations, many who call onThe empty soul my name more than they have ever called on the name of Jesus. All these humbled glories proceed to feed my flesh, leaving my soul empty, apart for the rest and sanctification of Christ. I look into the crowd of needs, each calling my name, each yelling their disappointment of expectation, many of which I have flooded my own brain with, and sadly my Spirit too.

You see a heart planted so deep within me, that sometimes it’s so blinded by the desire to please God and see Him glorified that it forgets the navigation of His pursuit to fulfill me. He says “slow down,” He says “stop,” He says “ENOUGH!!!” It’s this cycle that affords me such fulfillment and satisfaction, that now I realize, that’s what I am worshiping. It is in this realization that I am grieved and the God that I thought I saw standing over me in applaud is actually on His face weeping for me and my soul. He is weeping and interceding that I would slow down and come back to Him. That I would come back to intimacy, He is not looking for a quick fix, He won’t even show up for it. I find in my private time warring with these feelings that my Lover has stood me up, all because He knows my heart has hardened to His intimacy. You see the same pattern I have developed with “serving Him” has carried into my personal relationship with my Jesus!

You see the enemy is the master of darkness, darkness upon which we cannot see. He is the King of deception, deceiving us and our most purest desires. Our only hope is our rawness, our brokenness and the destruction of pride, which is only to be overtaken by the Kingdom and Glory of His marvelous light! So let Him in, let His light shine and allow yourself to be utterly overtaken by His love for you! So no matter how high you might climb in leadership, it means nothing if your not going lower in your personal relationship with Christ!

Enrich Culture – Building a Cohesive Team – More than Mediocre

A leader who is intentional about setting the culture, hiring people who fit the culture, and developing those people, now has the ingredients for an amazing team! In physics, cohesion is the force by which molecules in a substance are held together. In this article we’ll look at the factors by which team members come together to form a cohesive team. The book we’re drawing from this month is “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team” by Patrick Lencioni – in this book, Lencioni outlines 5 keys to creating a healthy high-performing team. Each principle builds on the former, so let’s begin with the end in mind. The ultimate footballteampurpose of a team is to get “Results”. A sports team wants to win the game, a military unit wants to achieve the tactical objective, a corporate team wants to see profits, a married couple wants to raise children who become healthy adults, and a Teen Challenge staff team wants to see lives transformed. I love how Lencioni recounts of hearing people say, “well we have a losing record this season, but we have a great team!” He’ll say “no, you don’t have a great team; you have a group of people who enjoy being together and are satisfied with mediocre results.” You might say that Teen Challenge is God’s business and we can’t measure everything – the results are up to Him. That’s partly true, but from well executed fundraising events to well-maintained buildings to changed lives…there are plenty of results we want to see in Teen Challenge.

Next, a team gets results because they are willing to embrace “Accountability”. Greg Hammond talks about this principle in creating a “peer culture” in the student body. He uses the example of a time when he constantly found old gum on the sidewalks of the campus. He could have added yet another rule to the policy manual and said, “No gum.” Instead he went to the student body and said, “You decide – if you want to keep chewing gum, keep it off the sidewalks.” The students took care of it themselves by holding one another accountable. And this is what makes accountability effective, when it operates with “Commitment” to agreed upon decisions, objectives or courses of action. With this kind of commitment the team member says, “I’m all in and I will do my best to support this decision and see it succeed.”

While the gum chewing example is a simple one, other decisions and courses of action are not so straightforward – should this student be dismissed? How can we improve our admissions process? Can we disciple our students more effectively? This is where cohesive teams learn to be comfortable with “Healthy Conflict”. This is nothing more than the pursuit of truth – what’s the very best decision? Is there a better idea? What will be the most effective solution? When team members are free to weigh in on the discussion, and are willing to do so, it’s more likely that the best decision will be made because everyone has brought their brains, experience and giftings to the table. Healthy conflict doesn’t necessarily lead to consensus – the leader will often have to make the call – but people can usually commit to decisions they’ve been allowed to give input on even if they disagree. This kind of honest discussion can only happen in a healthy culture, where there is the presence of “Trust” on a team. Lencioni calls this “vulnerability-based trust”, where people can speak up or admit they don’t have all the answers without fear of being judged or shot down. This kind of trust takes time and intentionality to cultivate on a team but everything else depends on this foundation.

Next month we’ll take a closer look at the role of the leader in these 5 areas. In the meantime, how are things on your team? Is it healthy and functional? Or is there sometimes an inattention to results, avoidance of accountability, lack of commitment, fear of conflict, or absence of trust?

ELP Highlights

My name is Elizabeth Hyde and I am from Tuscaloosa, Alabama. I am also a graduate of Elizabeththe Alabama Teen Challenge Women’s Center in Hayden, Alabama. Even though I had everything a girl could ever want, there was always a void in my life. My father’s suicide just widened that canyon. I rapidly spiraled out of control by use of prescription pills. When I was diagnosed with a rare tumor in college my addiction was justified. I almost ended up just like my father. I was homeless and on the brink of death when I cried out for help. Due to some bad decisions I had made, I spent 118 days incarcerated and that was when I found out about Teen Challenge. I had heard of it before through several failed rehab attempts. I went to Teen Challenge and was healed by the power of Jesus Christ!

My purpose is to facilitate change through the hope I have been given! ELP is deepening my roots in the ministry to grow deeper in my walk with The Lord. I am eternally grateful for Teen Challenge!

ELP Rep’s Link

Welcome

We welcome Tiffany Benninger from Hosanna House as the ELP Adolescent Representative! Tiffany has a heart to raise up daughters and has already been coaching and mentoring the girls at Hosanna House using some of the ELP Level I Adult books and her experience as a mentor.

Level I Adult

This month our core course is Discover Your Gifts and our text is Discover Your God- Discover Your Gifts New editiongiven Gifts by Don & Katie Fortune. Knowing the motivational gifts (Romans 12:6-8) the Lord has given to the emerging leaders will help you to serve them better and not put them in boxes or do things the way we do.

 

 

Level I Adolescent

Our course for the Adolescent track is Building Relationships and our text: Habitudes 2 -Habitudes 2 The Art of Connecting with Others by Tim Elmore. This book is part of a series of 3 books. It will enable you to leverage personal power instead of mere positional power. The leadership journey begins with self-leadership – we must lead ourselves before we lead anyone else and then we learn to lead and influence those around us.

 

Monthly Book Orders and Grades

Southeast region Rep’s can go to Google Drive and search for ELP Monthly Order Form and Grade Sheet Edited. Look for your center’s name in the tabs at the bottom and fill in your center’s information. No need to save or email the spreadsheet (Google Drive saves it and I can access the info from my Drive). If you place an initial order on the form and update the order later (i.e. add 2 more books) after we have ordered your books, please send Kerry Pevey (ELP Admin Asst) an email at kerry.pevey@teenchallenge.cc. Blessings!

 

 

ELP Level II

Happy Thanksgiving! This week we’ll take a post break for the Thanksgiving holidays. The real Turkey

 

 

 

 

 

Core Courses

We continue our core course Values in Leadership and our text: People First by Jack Lannom. Remember to fill-in your Personal Action Plans (PAP’s) at the end of each chapter as these will be graded at the end of the course. We’ll resume posting next Monday, Dec 1st with People First II.

 

Coaching & After Care

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One of the fun aspects of my role is the opportunity to pour into the staff and students at our centers. This past month I had the opportunity to participate and share with the ELP Level III participants. It was an exciting, engaging, fun week with some of our Program Managers and Directors as we learned about Organizational Health and Spiritual Development. As we discussed Situational Leadership, I did a coaching piece on S2-Coaching for the individual who is a Disillusioned Learner. With the disillusioned learner, you give specific instructions and closely walk with them for performance. The role of the coach at this Level is to move the person from a D2 to a D3 (Capable but Cautious Performer).  As the leader, you look for the area(s) where the person is stuck, assess the reasons why, enroll them in a coaching process (get buy-in for coaching to begin) and start the conversations. You can check out the teaching notes here.

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My visit to Minnesota Teen Challenge to observe their After Care and Recovery Coaching Programs was an amazing trip. Thanks to all the Minnesota TC leaders for hosting me especially thanks to Jim Moore, Senior Coach and Training Specialist for going above and beyond in making the connections and sharing ideas. I believe Coaching and After Care are two areas that God has his finger on for Teen Challenge. God’s heart is to have a vehicle by which we successfully transition graduates back into society. I’m working to develop such a program for the Southeast region. We are dedicated to mentor and nurture meaningful relationships [with our students and graduates] inspiring hope for their future (Star Man Blue Book).

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This week I also had the opportunity to do morning devotions with the ladies at the Pensacola Women’s Home. These ladies were engaged in the idea that the Potter wants to put them back together again, but it takes an act of their will – a life totally surrendered to Christ. The ladies are hungry for more of God and the journey that God has them on. I prayed for one young lady who was only 2 days in the program and was struggling to leave. As I was praying for her the Lord gave me a vision – she was about 4 years old and He was pushing her on a swing. I prayed this over her and after the prayer she told me that vision was so significant because her happiest moments as a child were when she was being pushed on a swing. We talked about some of the benefits of staying at TC. Coaching happens in the moment – in this moment and that moment as God leads you to speak to someone. I like what Heidi Baker says “Stop for the one” –  first the One who is the one (Jesus) and then the one person who needs to see Jesus through your eyes. Rachel decided to stay at TC and left our discussion with a smile on her face.

Contributor: Andree Aiken, ELP Leader/Coach

ELP Highlight

My name is Hannah Larson. I am twenty-one-years old and am from Jacksonville, Florida.Hannah My family attended the Brownsville Revival when I was six and there I had my first encounters with God. It was around freshman year where my parents began to fight a lot and later separated. They got back together but still fought. I felt trapped, unwanted and unloved. Finally one night I cried out to God for help. The next morning, I got a phone call from my aunt who told me of an opportunity to intern at Columbus Teen Challenge. I was hesitant but said yes. I arrived at CGA (Yuchi) September 13, 2012 and on May 5, 2013 I became a residential staff and a part of a family I never dreamed I could have. Since being a part of ELP, I have learned new ways to loving people like Christ. Before Teen Challenge and ELP, I had distorted views of leadership. Now, I’ve realized I can lead by becoming like Jesus; serving and loving others.

ELP Rep’s Link – Nov 14

Level I Adult 

This month our core course is God’s Armor Bearer and our text is God’s Armor Bearer by Terry Nance. Support the vision of your leader and God will help you accomplish your vision in due season.  The study of this book and workbook will give understanding in just how to accomplish God’s plan as an armor bearer doing God’s will. The writer of the book served as an armor bearer to his pastor some twenty-five years with meekness and joy. Look for opportunities to affirm and celebrate your students when you see them practically applying the principles in this book.

Level I Adolescent

Our course for the Adolescent track is Self-Leadership and our text: Habitudes I  by Tim Elmore. This book is part of a series of 3 books. The books are created to guide you on your leadership journey. They are based on the fact that leadership isn’t merely one-dimensional – it runs 360 degrees – we influence others all around us. The leadership journey begins with self-leadership – we must lead ourselves before we lead anyone else.

Monthly Book Orders and Grades

Southeast region Rep’s can go to Google Drive and search for ELP Monthly Order Form and Grade Sheet Edited. Look for your center’s name in the tabs at the bottom and fill in your center’s information. No need to save or email the spreadsheet (Google Drive saves it and I can access the info from my Drive). If you place an initial order on the form and update the order later (i.e. add 2 more books) after we have ordered your books, please send Kerry Pevey (ELP Admin Asst) an email at kerry.pevey@teenchallenge.cc. Blessings!

Level II – Nov 2014

Welcome

This month we welcome Laurie Lusink (Davie) and Brad Bond (Ozark’s) to the Level II. Welcome Laurie & Brad! We look forward to a rich learning experience as we grow together.

Congratulations!

Congratulations to Rob Helfer (Vero Beach) and Sandra Marotta (Southwest Florida) on completing Level II! God has greater responsibilities in store for you; because you have been faithful in little, He’ll give you responsibility for more.

Congratulations also to Vicky Syfrett (West Florida) for moving on to your electives!

Core Courses

Our core course the next 3 months is Values in Leadership and our text: People First by Jack Lannom. People First™ teaches everyone how to value long-term, trust-based relationships over short-term gain; how to develop world-class leaders and pass on an enduring legacy. In this comprehensive leadership manual, the staff will study ten key principles in a systematic approach. It will challenge you as you work through thought provoking personal action plans at the end of each chapter. Get ready to be a Leader’s Leader!

Your first post will be on the forum on Monday, November 17th.

Enrich Culture – Developing People

In Teen Challenge we would say that we are “student-focused” – and we should be. However, sometimes a leader can be so student-focused that they look past the staff they are leading and, along with them, place most of their emphasis on the students. While a key leader may retain some aspects of student ministry, their primary ministry is to the people on the team they lead. And when a leader is growing and developing the people they lead, they can be sure the students will be growing and developing as well. So last month we looked at how a leader enriches culture through the practical skill of hiring the right people, this month we’ll look at the practical skill of developing people. Ken Blanchard, in his book “The Servant Leader”, says that a “key element of being a servant leader is to consider people’s development as an equal end goal as their performance.” Blanchard offers up a simple model for developing people with what he calls “Situational Leadership” and illustrates how Jesus was a Situational Leader. This model recognizes SLII-Color-Model-Exp_inprthat people are always on a development continuum based on 2 things: commitment and competence. When you started with Teen Challenge your commitment was high as you answered God’s call, but your competence was low because you’re new on the job, you have a lot to learn. Blanchard calls this an “enthusiastic beginner”. As you begin to learn your new role and experience challenges moving up the learning curve – maybe a student you’ve been counseling leaves the program – you may become a “disillusioned learner” as your commitment wavers. You may ask, am I really cut out for this? But as you continue to grow in competence, you reaffirm your commitment and become a “capable but cautious performer”, ultimately becoming a “self-reliant achiever”. (In our context, let’s acknowledge we’re still God-reliant achievers…) The leader’s role with Situational Leadership is to first “diagnose” which development level applies to the person. Secondly they demonstrate “flexibility” in adjusting their leadership style to that development level. For an enthusiastic beginner, it’s ok to be “directive” in your leadership – the person is new, they need to know what to do and how to do it. For a disillusioned learner the leader shifts to a “coaching” style – asking great questions while still providing direction to get the staff member over this hump. As the staff becomes a capable but cautious performer they need a “supportive” leadership style – they can do the job, they just need to be affirmed. Finally, the leader can “delegate” to the self-reliant achiever – empowering them and releasing them to flourish in their role. After diagnosis and flexibility in leadership style, the third skill of a situational leader is “partnering for performance” – working with the staff member to identify goals and a plan for on-going development. As a leader, when you create a culture that intentionally develops people and learn the skills to do this well, you’ll retain great people, your team will flourish, and students will be well served. And, if you are a staff member, guess what? These same situational leadership principles apply as you disciple students – think about how they go through these development levels in the program and how you adjust your approach accordingly… This month, read one of the Gospels with these principles of development in mind, how was Jesus a situational leader?

Article Contributed by: Karissa Corpeny, Director of Corporate Training

References:

The Servant Leader” – Blanchard & Hodges

Leading at a Higher Level” – Blanchard