Knowing What to Do and Doing It are Two Different Things

Knowing What to Do and Doing It are Two Different Things:Bringing your goals from “the Heavens” to “the Earth”

Please read the following excerpt from Lee Cockerell’s book, Time Management Magic:

How do you feel at the end of a day when you had ten things to get done and you didn’t do any of them, or most of them?  Not very good, right? And how do you feel if you continue to not get important things done day after day and week after week?  This is not a trick question. The answer is simple. You feel depressed, distressed and just plain awful.  And as we know from medical experiments, those feelings are very bad for your health.

Now ask yourself this: How do you feel on a day when you have a lot to do and you do it all?  When you get done all the things that need to be done? Again, this is not a trick question. You feel great, don’t you?  You feel happy.  You feel confident. And perhaps most importantly of all, you feel ready and able to take on more.

Those last four, underlined sentences- look at them again.  That is my prayer for each one of you- to feel great, happy, confident and ready.  You are saying to yourself, “Yes, but he doesn’t know my typical day and my typical to-do list!”  Just read on, my friend.

Cockerell goes on to say this: Knowing what to do and doing it are two different things.  That may sound obvious, but you’d be surprised how many people don’t live as though it’s obvious.  They know what they should be doing, but they don’t have a system, a set of habits or a solid routine for getting those things done…

Do you have a system set in place to make the most of your time? What system are you using to accomplish your professional and personal goals? Here are some suggestions:time_management_intro_diagram

  1. Ever-Present. Have your goals always before you (3-5 goals)
  2. Plan. Every day, etch out some time to plan your next day.
  3. Be purposeful. In your planning for the day, look at your goals carefully, and write micro-goals that get you a step closer to your big goals. For example, if your goal is to have twenty new donors by the end of the year, your day should have at least one call to a potential donor or a coffee meeting with them or a packet of information sent in the mail to them.
  4. Process. Every day, look at how you did. Celebrate or re-evaluate.
  5. Re-Play. Hit the re-play button every day and do it again.

It’s not very glamorous or cutting edge but it really works. You have 24 hours in a day.  Be consistent and intentional.  Those days will turn into weeks, the weeks into months and the months into years.  If you have lived your days consistent and intentional, you will be amazed at all you will accomplish for God’s Kingdom- it will happen one day at a time.

Article by: Brice Maddock – COO, Teen Challenge Southeast


From the Rep’s Corner

Mentoring and Coaching – Investing in Others

Pouring in versus drawing out – that’s one of the simplest ways to differentiate between mentoring and coaching.

There is a time and a place for pouring into, or mentoring, others. Those who have more life experience, wisdom, and Biblical knowledge have a responsibility to pass on what they know to those who are younger, whether in age or faith. Paul’s word to Timothy was to “entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others” (2 Timothy 2:2).  Multiplication of disciples at its finest – tell them what I told you, so they can tell others!

Mentoring says, “I love you enough to give you everything that I have. I want to see you succeed; here’s what I know to help you do that.”

Life Coaching, on the other hand, says, “I believe you have what it takes to figure this out. I love you enough to listen and give you my full attention while you talk through this and create your own plan of action and change.”

Coaches use open-ended questions to draw out what a person has in them. Additionally, Christian coaches rely on the principles that God initiates change and that His sheep hear His voice. Coaching keeps the responsibility for growth and change with the coachee. Though asking and listening takes more time than telling, the impact is powerful.

Within the ministry of Teen Challenge, both mentoring and coaching have their place. Both say to students, interns and staff, “I’m invested in you.” They just say it differently.

Ask yourself:

  • Who in my realm of influence would benefit from mentoring or coaching?
  • What is the impact of mentoring on a conversation? Of coaching on a conversation?
  • When is it most appropriate to use mentoring in your ministry? When is coaching most effective?
  • What’s one step you can take this month to grow in the disciplines of mentoring and/or coaching?

Article submitted by: Angela Hastings (ELP Rep/Coach, Hosanna House)

ELP Highlight Nov 2015

Name: Matthew B. SampsonBryan Sampson

Age:  33

Hometown: Lexington, KY

Teen Challenge Center:  Central Florida Men’s.  I have been on staff for 6 months. I graduated in September 2014

My Testimony in Brief:   I let drugs and alcohol consume every aspect of my life. I let the ways of the world guide me on a path of destruction allowing me to feel no remorse for anyone. Jesus still loved me! He loved me so much that he died for it all, just so I could be reconciled to Him. Through His love I have been able to love others.

 The Purpose and Calling God has Given Me:  He has called me to bring people out of darkness, to be a testimony of his power and love. I will be working with Teen Challenge as I continue to grow and educate myself; becoming the best vessel for the Holy Spirit to operate through.

The ELP’s Impact on My Leadership:  The ELP program has brought what was once a timid, quiet voice and turned it into a lion! I’m now a leader who serves his fellow brothers and will do whatever he can to see them succeed, leading them to victory in Christ.

Level II Link – Nov 2015


This month we welcome Brett Cooper, Bryan Sampson and Chris Thomas (Central Florida) and Lyle Copenhaver (Jacksonville) to the Level II! Welcome guys! We look forward to see how God will grow you as a leader and give you greater responsibility.

Core Courses

Those of you who are finishing up your final course for People First, remember to mail or fax (706-534-0462) your Personal Action Plans (PAP) at the end of each chapter. I’ll grade these and send back to you.

Our core course this month is Strategic Planning and Decision-making and our text: Executive Values by Kurt Senske. In this course you will leave with a game plan for Exec Values PICChrist-centered leadership that stresses the development of a healthy organizational culture, values-based strategic planning, mentoring, and balancing professional and personal lives.

Your first post will be up on the forum Monday, November 16th. You’ll make an initial post and respond to someone’s post.

Elective Track

Congratulations Becca Price (Women at the Well, PA) for moving on to your electives!

Rep’s Link – Nov 2015


We welcome our new Rep’s this month Bryan Sampson (Central Florida) and returning Rep Jen Baisden (Lakeland). Thank you for answering the call to raise up sons and daughters!

Level I Adult

Our new course is Servant Leadership and our text: Lead Like Jesus by Ken Blanchard & Phil Hodges. In this course Blanchard talks about leading with your heart, head, hands and habits. Be sure to print out the Rep’s Weekly meeting template which will help with your weekly meetings. The videos for the weekly meetings can be accessed here.

Level I Adolescent

Our course for the Adolescent track is Building Others and our text: Habitudes II – the Art of Connecting with Others by Dr. Tim Elmore. Your students will learn how they influence those around them. Sociologists tell us the most introverted of people will influence 10,000 others in an average lifetime. If introverts influence 10,000 then extroverts influence 20,000. So how do you influence others? Your students will learn how they make a difference in the world they live in and how to add value to others.

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 information. No need to save or email the spreadsheet (Google Drive saves it and we 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 to me at All new applications must be in by the 10th of the month for students starting the 15th.

October is Celebrate Rep’s Month!!

The ELP Rep is the key to the ELP on the local campus – they are a crucial element to the success and effectiveness of the program. This role is critical to raise up sons and daughters who are called long-term to Teen Challenge. Oftentimes it is overlooked so this month we want to take the time to celebrate the Rep’s on our campuses. Spend time to find out what fills their tank and make them feel appreciated. Here are a few ideas of how you can bless the Rep’s on your campus:

  • Celebrate their achievements –  talk about all the ways they have added value to the center both in front of them and when they are not around
  • Spend quality time – take them out to coffee or lunch and talk about them and what’s happening in their life
  • Give them a “just because” gift – gift cards are great but something handmade, personal and creative says more
  • Invest in their leadership – connect them with a mentor/coach or take them along with you to a meeting
  • Acts of Service – offer to conduct one of their weekly meetings
Business team celebrating over finalization of a contract

Take pics and post on the ELP Facebook page

The ELP is the K.E.Y to forging our future

The ELP is the K.E.Y to forging our future. The key to Teen Challenge’s future will be determined by the number of us who will be willing to follow the Lord and to be faithful to His call. If we would spend time with the Lord it’s amazing what we will see. Forge means “to move ahead steadily.” Towards what? Our future – “a time yet to come.” God is working on us for a time yet to come; a purpose yet to come.

Know God’s call

A Silversmith sticks metal into the fire, then they beat that piece of metal and forge it into whatever they want it to be. The process includes pain, it includes time and it includes silversmithheat. When we do our part, the Holy Spirit will do the hammering. We spend time in the Word and get to know God and He will tell us what’s the calling He has for us. It’s a process of heat, hammering, heat, hammering and all the while God is working on us until we emerge into who He wants us to be. If we are going to grow and if we are going to release, God has to knock some stuff off of us.  Let healing come because God has a purpose for your life and it’s bigger than you can imagine and it’s more than you can imagine. If we trust Him and get to know Him and get that fear out of us we will do more than we can ever imagine. We must have vision – see beyond the present.

Embody the Vision and Values 

The Big Hairy Audacious Goal (BHAG) for TCSE is to “become to life-transformation what Apple is to technology.” It’s expanding, being committed and having a spirit of excellence that delivers life-transformation across this region. The Global dream is “to put hope within reach of every addict.” Embody the vision and values of who we are, and these values will find their way into everything we do in the future. How do we know God’s will? The Lord usually doesn’t tell us the whole path and everything about it; generally it’s one or two steps – we see it, we see beyond where we are at now, God gives us a vision but we don’t see how we are going to do it all. We just say “yes, Lord” and allow Him to prepare us.

Yearning to Learn

We’ll never really get to where were want to be without studying. Proverbs 9:8 says “instruct a wise man, he’ll be wiser still, teach a righteous man and he will add to his learning.” Leaders are learners, leaders are listeners – we listen twice as much as we talk especially when we are developing relationships with others and winning people to Jesus. Listen with your eyes, listen with your ears, listen with your heart to what others are saying. Great leaders are always learning; seeking out new ways to benefit the organization, to better themselves and to move things down the path.  We have a vision to put Hope Outreaches across this region and with God’s help we’ll do it. We want to go in and impart hope and reach out to addicts and to really make a difference. God can use us to be a servant right where we are at and when He is ready for the next step He’ll make it known. It’s generally already observed by others and they are the ones who will say “hey, I have the next step for you and here it is.”

There is always purpose in timing, there is always purpose in the pain and God is working in you and in the people around you. Learn to submit to the authority over you. The spirit of a servant says where can I serve, how can I be in your presence Lord and know You and let my life count? Know God’s call for your life, Embody the values that God has put in your heart as a TC leader and have that “Yearning to learn.”

Excerpts from the 2105 ELP Summit presented by Dr. Jerry Nance.


ELP Highlight

I am Kristi LaCoy and I work for Teen Challenge. I’m the Intake Coordinator @ “The Bridge” Teen Challenge for Women located in Franklin, LA. I have been a part of ELP for Kristi LaCoyabout a year and will graduate soon. ELP has taught me so much about working in ministry and as a team. When I started, I didn’t realize how important I was to what is involved in this work. This course has taught me answers to questions I didn’t even know I needed to ask and to serve the way Jesus did.

Rep’s Link – Oct 2015

Level I Adult

Our new course is Team Building and our text: 17 Essential Qualities of a Team Player by John Maxwell. In this course you will learn the personal characteristics necessary for becoming an effective team player. Maxwell outlines the success of team players who have been:

  • Intentional – making every action count toward a long-term goal
  • Relational – focused on others
  • Selfless – willing to take a subordinate role for the team
  • Tenacious – hardworking and optimistic in the face of setbacks

Level I Adolescent

Our course for the Adolescent track is Self-Leadership and our text: Habitudes I – the 51i+vfRPCtL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Art of Self-leadership  by Dr. Tim Elmore. We believe leadership is a 360-degree proposition. 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 information. No need to save or email the spreadsheet (Google Drive saves it and we 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 to me at All new applications must be in by the 10th of the month for students starting the 15th.

Level II Link – Oct 2015


This month we welcome Elissa Hollingsworth, Davie W to the Level II! Welcome Elissa, God is going to do amazing things through you as you follow His calling for your life and leadership.

Core Courses

We only have 3 weeks to go in our course Values in Leadership. Great job on posting guys! Remember to fill-in your Personal Action Plans (PAP) at the end of each lesson. You can either scan and email them to me or send it slow mail.


Elective Track

Those of you who are on your elective track, remember to indicate the book that you are reading in your post (not everyone is reading what you are reading) and respond to someone else’s post.