Enrich Culture – Freedom to love and trust one another

A healthy culture is a safe place where people can identify who they are and why they are here. Spring is here and so too is the pollen that comes with it. As the trees start to bloomMan blowing his nose in canola field and the pollen gets airborne, people begin coughing, sneezing, scratching the throat, and rubbing the eyes. Lots of people have terrible allergies and infections during this season and some literally have to stay indoors to avoid the elements of the outdoors. They become sick and weakened because the environment is unhealthy.  So too it is when we are in a spiritually unsafe environment, we get spiritual allergies. Spiritual allergies prevent us from becoming spiritually mature. The environment exudes un-forgiveness, bitterness towards God and others, mistrust, dis-unity and emotions could explode at any moment.

Danny Silk describes the freedom we feel in an opposite culture where people are free to love and trust one another: “A safe place is where the fear of misused freedom doesn’t get to rise up and intimidate us out of risking trust and love in our relationships with one 101_0751another. The essence of love is safety and connection. In Isaiah God says “The mountains and the hills will be removed, but My kindness shall never leave, you nor shall My covenant of peace with you ever be removed.” In other words God is saying “I want you to be completely sure of My attitude towards you…My kindness and My covenant of peace will never be taken away.” This security allow us to be free everywhere we go. The Hebrew word Shalom means safe, well, happy, friendly; health, prosperity, and peace. Our covenant with God is a safe place. The power in this reality is that we as human beings blossom in safety. This is why shalom also means “health” and “wholeness.”His covenant brings peace, happiness, safety, health and wholeness, and it will never be taken from us. When God shows up, His presence is a safe place. When the Lord shows up, His atmosphere is charged with peace.”

“The single greatest advantage any company can achieve is organizational health, yet it is ignored by most leaders even though it is simple, free, and available to anyone who wants it” ~   Patrick Lencioni

Rep’s Link – Apr 2014

ELP Graduation at the Summit

This year our Levels I (Adult) & Level II graduation will be held on Saturday, April 26th at 10:30am at the Lakeside Retreat and Event Center, Seale, AL. Look out for a Constant Contact email with details of what to wear.

Level I Adult 

This month our course is  Team Building and our text: 17 Essential Qualities of a Team TeamBuildingPlayer by John Maxwell. Maxwell shows how these qualities, and many others, impact the team and its success. The qualities are not feel-good platitudes and abstract thinking but concrete actions designed to improve the value of every team player.

 

 

Level I Adolescent

Our course for the Adolescent track is Discover Your Gifts and our text: Congratulations, Congrats You're GiftedYou’re Gifted by Doug Fields & Erik Rees. Our adolescents won’t have to wait until they are adults to figure out their SHAPE; Spiritual Gifts, Heart, Abilities, Personality & Experiences.

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 me an email andree.aiken@teenchallenge.cc. Thank you.

Level II

Congratulations!

Congratulations to the 2014 Level II graduating class: Stacy McLaine (Columbus W), Anna Spencer (Columbus G), Andrew Chalmers (ELP), Katie Rice (West Florida), Charley Bean (ELC), Derrick Gilbert (Ozark’s) and Brittany Hughes (Southwest FL). I am proud of all of you! You are the next generation of leaders who will take Teen Challenge to higher highest and deeper depths for the next 50 years and beyond.

Core Courses

We continue with our 3-month course People First by Jack Lannom. We are on the last month of People First therefore you should have at least three quarters of your Personal Action Plan completed. You’ll send these to me at the end of the course.  As always, looking forward to chat with you on the discussion board.

 

 

ELP Highlight

womanName:  Muvinille (Muvi) Kapuniai

Hometown:  Glendale, Arizona

Teen Challenge Center: Teen Challenge Home of Hope, Casa Grande, Arizona

Year Graduated:  2008

My Testimony in Brief:

Through my addiction of being an alcoholic I lost everything.  My daughter’s prayers and determination caused me to enter Home of Hope in 2007.  Was I to conform during the next twelve months or was I going to be transparent and transform.

After graduating, I volunteered and  was hired on as staff at HOH.  Over the years one thing I have found for sure was the love and compassion that was shown and so freely given to me through Jesus Christ.  I am so speechless in knowing that so many stood by me in my journey even in the good times and in the tough times.

 

The Purpose and Calling God has Given Me:

To be the light for His Glory

The ELP’s Impact on My Leadership:

In my heart I have come to learn if I would look deep enough within myself, I would find peace,  and in this peace I would find the one who loves me the most. GOD!

ELP Rep’s Retreat

Registration is still open for our ELP Rep’s Retreat May 8 – 10, 2014 at the Lakeside Retreat and Event Center, Seale, AL. Our guest presenters are Karen McDonald-Bowman – Life Coach working with TC USA. We’ll also attend the Chick-fil-A Leadercast on Friday featuring speakers such as First Lady Laura Bush, Andy Stanley, Dr. Henry Cloud, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and many others.

 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Enrich Culture – A Culture of Love

We continue to focus on our 2nd E in our EFive – Enrich Culture. We want to talk about establishing a culture of love. A culture rich in love is not sin-conscious but love-conscious.   What do the students in Teen Challenge fear the most? Another discipline, failure, punishment.

Love Transforms. A culture of love allows the Holy Spirit to do the work; not the rules. Teen Challenge and the Church, by nature, are very rules-driven. If a student breaks the rules they are punished with the expectation that it will yield a repentant heart. Therefore, our students get accustomed to disciplinary committees, disciplinary boards, disciplinary slips, 1000 lines of Psalm 1 (or whichever scripture speaks to their sins) type of Christianity. When we are so rules-driven (sin-conscious) we debilitate the power of their faith in Christ and the Holy Spirit to work to renew their minds and transform their hearts. Don’t get me wrong, rules are important to have order however, in disciplining students it should not be the first thing the staff runs to. The Apostle Paul in talking with the church in Corinth (who had similar problems of  immorality, idolatry, adultery and divisions) says “if I have all the gifts and do great works, but don’t have love I am nothing” (1 Cor 13, NASB). “Love never gives up, love cares more for others than for self, love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have, love doesn’t strut; doesn’t have a swelled head, doesn’t force itself on others, isn’t always “me first,” doesn’t fly off the handle, doesn’t keep score of the sins of others, takes pleasure in flowering of truth, puts up with anything, trusts God always, always looks for the best, never looks back, but keeps going to the end” (1 Cor 13:4-7, TM).  In a culture of love our students are transformed by sitting with Jesus and allowing Him (their true love) to speak to them and  transform their hearts. In this culture, our staff are love-conscious; their motivation in correcting a student is to get them back in relationship with Love (God).  The Holy Spirit does the convicting and we point them to Jesus Christ; the staff have no hidden agendas or selfish ambitions and students know they are loved and we are dedicated to their success.

Love casts out all fear. 1John 4:18 says “there is no fear in love; but perfect love casts 34Collage_PerfectLove1SMout all fear, for fear has to do with punishment and the one who fears is not made perfect in love” (NIV). Fear and the penalty of death (or in TC – dismissal, disgrace and shame) is removed because of their relationship with Love – the Lord Jesus Christ. “As our students grow in love for God and the ability to receive His love, this perfect love drives away and utterly banishes all fear – “fear they’ll not be accepted, fear of not measuring up; fear of being exposed in His presence – there is no fear, or shame in love” (Hughes, Songs of Songs Study, 2014). If we are going to establish a culture of love, we have to “know how to interact with each other in such a way that eliminates the punishment option and the need to control people when they fail” (Silk, 2009, p. 81). “We have to come to the realization He sees and knows all of us and yet loves us completely in spite of our failures and immaturity, for He sees us as perfect and complete through the blood of Jesus” (Hughes, 2014). Paul writes to the Galatians “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”  Teach your students to protect and preserve their relationship with Christ. In doing so, the Holy Spirit will do a greater work in their hearts than you or I could ever do. Since then there is therefore no more condemnation in Christ, our students will feel safe to come to us with any problem or sin without fear of being punished, dismissed or put to shame.

Love Liberates. “The New Covenant (NT) is an internal covenant for sons and daughters free_birdwho, because of their new nature, can be trusted with responsibility to govern themselves and have access to the power of self-control through the Holy Spirit” (Silk, 2009, p. 88). These are children of God who are dying to themselves and exercising self-control so that they stay connected to the flow of God’s grace that enables them to live sin-free lives” (Silk). Jesus captivates to liberate.

What is one thing you can change as a leader so you create a culture of love with those you lead? What can you do differently to create a culture of love in your organization?

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, self-control; against such things there is no law.”

~ Gal 5:22 (NASB).

 

Level II – Mar 2014

Welcome!

We want to welcome Vicky Syfrett (TC West Florida), Doug Grazio (Central FL), and Adam Holderread (Ozark’s) to Level II. Welcome Vicky, Doug and Adam! We are happy to have you engaged in the Level II and look forward to partner with you in growing your leadership.

Congratulations!

Electives

Congratulations to Charley Bean (ELC) for moving on to your electives!

Core Courses

We continue with our 3-month course People First by Jack Lannom. The level of Lannom PIC 2interaction and insight on your posts provide a great way for shared learning as we walk through this Leadership acrostic. Continue to press into the material and fill-in your Personal Action Plans at the end of each chapter. You’ll send these to me at the end of the course.  As always, looking forward to chat with you on the discussion board.

 

 

2014 ELP Summit Trailer

It’s that time of year again for our  ELP Summit!
April 24-26, 2014
Check out the Summit Promo video below
2014 Summit Promo Video
ELP Reps, please ensure all of your Level I & Level II  participants watch this video and register your participants below.  Remember to include the t-shirt sizes. Be sure to leave your comments on our video!
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Rep’s Link – Mar 2014

As we are getting ready for the ELP Summit, this year we will not have a Rep’s meeting on Wed night but instead a Rep’s Retreat May 8 – 10th at Lakeside Retreat and Event Center, Seale, AL.  I have already emailed your Directors with the dates for this event. Look out for a Constant Contact email where you can register for the Retreat.

Level I Adult 

This month our course is  Discover Your Gifts and our text: Discover Your God-given Gifts by Don & Katie Fortune. We have compiled a weekly meeting guide for this course. Feel free to tweak it to fit your center needs.

Level I Adolescent

Our course for the Adolescent track is Discover Your Purpose and our text: Chazown by Craig Groeschel. We were born with our own Chazown (a vision). Do you know what it is?

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 me an email andree.aiken@teenchallenge.cc. Thank you.

 

ELP Highlights

Name:  Sean LeeSean Lee

Age:      I will be 47 years old in May of 2014.

Teen Challenge Center:  I am a teacher/Licensed Minister in the education department of The Jacksonville Men’s Teen Challenge Center of Florida and I’ve been on staff here since September, 2012. I graduated The Rehrersburg, PA Men’s Training Center (God’s Mountain) in October of 1987.

Hometown: Honolulu, Hawaii, but I’ve lived in the mainland over half my life.

 

My Testimony in Brief: Jesus Christ transformed my life from a soldier of the devil to a soldier of The Cross and these last 27 years have been amazing! If you ever get a Saturday to drink coffee and listen to a novel I’ll fill you in.

The Purpose and Calling God has Given Me: I attended Jacksonville T.C.I.M.I in 2007 & 2008 and God has called me back to TC to serve.

The ELP’s Impact on My Leadership: ELP is the catalyst that God used to re-ignite the passion and vision in me.