My name is Sarah Myers. I am currently an intern at “The Bridge” Teen Challenge Induction Center for Women located in Franklin, LA. I was a drug addict for 10 years—But God! He rescued me and snatched me out of the darkness. I completed 12 months of Teen Challenge as a student and started the ELP program nearly 10 months ago. Since that time, I have learned how to be an effective leader of Teen Challenge. ELP has taught me the lessons I have needed to take to become a team player, to recognize, understand, and apply core values, to know how to effectively draw healthy boundaries, to lead like Jesus, and to experience God fully. Each lesson I have learned has brought me closer to becoming the effective, consistent, loving woman of God and leader that I was always meant to be. Because of ELP I am more confident and experienced in being a leader. This program is effectively raising up leaders all over the world and I thank God for it! Now, I am to walk in the calling God has placed on my life prepared to be an effective, Emerging Leader!
Level I Adult
This month we continue with our 2 month core course, Personal Boundaries and our text: Boundaries by Dr. Henry Cloud. This book is a must read for any human living on planet earth! Your Level I participants will find this book meaty and challenging but it will rock their world! This is why we give 2 MONTHS to allow participants to complete this course – giving them time to reflect on the health of their boundaries and apply Dr. Cloud’s practical and wise principles. You will have great discussions in your weekly ELP meetings!
Level I Adolescent
Our course for the Adolescent track is Building Relationships and our text: Habitudes #2 – The Art of Connecting with Others by Dr. Tim Elmore. The images Dr. Elmore provides are memorable and powerful in conveying key leadership principles. We want to communicate to our students that in the ELP, leadership starts first with leading yourself well – then with connecting with others before you try to lead them.
Monthly Book Orders and Grades
Adult Reps you get a book order break this month on the core courses – but for elective courses, and for the adolescent centers, I hope your order is already in! 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 email@example.com. Blessings! Come on Reps, get your stuff in on time, I know you can do it!
Our next Core Course is Practical Christianity and our book: Ordering Your Private World by Gordon MacDonald. This book should be called “you’re about to get your private world rocked!” As leaders taking on ever increasing levels of responsibility, we will implode at some point if our private worlds are not in order. Gordon will walk you through some very practical areas and give helpful insights into bringing greater order to your life and leadership.
Your first post for this course will be up on the forum Monday, May 18th.
This April we celebrate 10 years of the ELP! The Emerging Leaders Program was envisioned in 2005 by Dr. Jerry Nance in response to this prayer: “God, where can Teen Challenge get the leaders needed to reach the growing addicted population – leaders who will be carriers of the Teen Challenge DNA?” The reply from heaven: “you’ve got to raise them up!” The intent of the ELP is to raise up servant leaders within Teen Challenge relative to our heritage, mission, DNA and guiding principles.
Teen Challenge owes a great deal to our pioneering leaders who modeled for us faith and obedience. Without precedent, but through the Holy Spirit’s sovereign instruction, they shaped a Christ-centered model and philosophy of ministry which continues to facilitate life-transformation for people with life-controlling problems across every continent. However, the world today is very different than it was in 1958 and more than ever Teen Challenge needs leaders who will commit and become equipped to put hope within reach of every addict.
In 2008, at the 50th anniversary celebration of Teen Challenge, one of our pioneers – Don Wilkerson – gave an exhortation to Teen Challenge. He said there are 3 generations in Teen Challenge: the “Pioneer Generation”, the “Bridge Generation”, and “Generation Next”. As we enter into the next 50 years of Teen Challenge, Don Wilkerson tasked the Bridge Generation to ensure that the heritage, the lessons learned and the principles of the Pioneer Generation are passed on to Generation Next. As an ELP participant, no matter what demographic generation you fall into, you make up the ranks of “Gen Next” in TC! The ELP is a “bridge tool” engineered to faithfully facilitate the hand-off from our pioneers. And as every generation becomes established in the DNA of Teen Challenge, they join the ranks of the Bridge Generation to raise up those coming after them.
At this 10th Anniversary ELP Summit we are going to learn how to be “Bridge Builders”! With God’s help, and with leaders of passion and calling who are committed to preserving the DNA of Teen Challenge, we can’t wait to see what God is going to do in our day!
Hometown: Starke, Fl.
Which Center/What Year did you Graduate: Davie Women’s Center / Graduated June 1st 2013
My Testimony in Brief: I had a difficult childhood- living in an environment with domestic abuse and alcoholism. My father left home when I was 8 years old leaving me feeling rejected and angry. Soon I began hanging with the wrong crowds, drinking, smoking marijuana and ultimately IV drug use. My lifestyle landed me in prison twice. One day desperate for change I cried out to God knowing I could no longer do it on my own. God answered my prayer and gave me the opportunity to come to Teen Challenge where He has transformed my life.
The Purpose and Calling God has Given Me: God has placed on my heart to share with others the great work He has done in my life and the hope He has given me.
The ELP’s Impact on My Leadership: This program has taught me how to be a team player and it has also shown me my strengths and weaknesses and has compelled me to become a better leader.
Registration is now CLOSED for the ELP Summit Apr 23-25. Be on the lookout for the final details in the ELP Summit e-memos.
This month we welcome Sean Lee (Jax) to the Level II. Sean is a graduate of “The Farm” in Rehersburg back in the 80’s! I’m looking forward to work with you and see how God matures you and your leadership over the next few months.
Our next Core Course is Conflict Management and our book: The Peacemaker by Ken Sande. Conflict in life, leadership and…ministry?!? What?!? As the saying goes, the best thing about ministry is the people, and the worst thing about ministry is…the people. Conflict happens. A good leader learns to navigate conflict while honoring and preserving relationships.
Your first post will be up on the forum Monday, April 20th.
Registration is now CLOSED for the ELP Summit, April 23-25. Be on the lookout for the final details in the ELP Summit e-memos.
Level I Adult
This month our core course is Personal Boundaries and our text: Boundaries by Dr. Henry Cloud. This book is a must read for any human living on planet earth! Your Level I participants will find this book meaty and challenging but it will rock their world! This is why we give 2 MONTHS to allow participants to complete this course – giving them time to reflect on the health of their boundaries and apply Dr. Cloud’s practical and wise principles. You will have great discussions in your weekly ELP meetings!
Level I Adolescent
Our course for the Adolescent track is Servant Leadership and our text: Habitudes #1 – The Art of Self-Leadership by Dr. Tim Elmore. The images Dr. Elmore provides are memorable and powerful in conveying key leadership principles. We want to communicate to our student that In the ELP, leadership starts with leading yourself well – do that and others will want to follow.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Blessings! Come on Reps, get your stuff in on time, I know you can do it!
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So once you encounter a Redwood grove, the tallest trees on earth, you naturally have to ask the questions: How do they grow so tall? Why do they live so long? What sets these trees apart from the multitudes in Shrubberyville? The trees seem eager to share their secrets as you embark on an investigative adventure. Three factors begin to come to light: the characteristics of the trees themselves, the conditions they live in, and the fact that you find these ancient, tall trees in groves.
To ask why a tree grows so tall and lives so long, you might start with the antithesis of that question: what limits a tree’s growth and what kills it? Trees are limited by the amount of water and nutrients they get, the physical restraint of gravity to get the water and nutrients from the roots to the top of the tree, and the strength of the tree to stay standing as it grows taller. Trees also have natural enemies, such as fire, wind, pests and disease. We will look at the character of the tree to overcome these limitations and withstand the things that seek to destroy it.
Redwoods are found nowhere else on earth except in the United States along the coast of the Pacific Northwest (north of San Francisco up into Oregon). It’s curious that Redwoods are only found in one location on the planet while fossil records of these trees can be found around the globe. What is it about the conditions of this location that allow these trees to not just exist but flourish? And beware, they might not be the “perfect” conditions you would hope for, but they are the “right” conditions.
One of my favorite sights is an open field with a lone, beautifully symmetrical, one hundred year old Oak tree in the middle of it. But Redwoods don’t grow this way, they are always referred to in the context of the grove where they are found. Redwoods grow best in community. Without the support the trees provide one another, they’d never reach their potential. We’ll discover how these trees truly practice the core value of community, working together and supporting one another.
In the book The Dream Giver, by Bruce Wilkinson, a guy named “Ordinary” is inspired to leave his home town of “Normal” and follow the dream God has given him. The twin city of Normal is surely Shrubberyville. To be sure, God loves us shrubbery and all, but He knows He created us to be Redwoods. Have you discovered yet the dream that God is stirring in you? We can’t envision the fullness of God’s intentions without stepping out and staying on the journey He has marked out for us. And it is only as God shapes Christ-likeness in us that we will realize our potential, fulfill our dream, and let our life glorify Jesus to the fullest! God does this as He refines our character through the conditions He places us in and the community He surrounds us with. Join me as we explore the lessons from the Redwoods on character in the next series of articles.
Article submitted by: Karissa Corpeny (Director, Corporate Training)