3 Key Things to Remember in 2015

Christmas is such a great time to refresh ourselves in the story of Jesus’ birth in the gospels. The miracle of a virgin birth, a star and a stable, kings with gifts and dreams with
angels, shepherds in awe… You can’t stop reading but abruptly we’re thrust into Jesus adult life and His ministry here on earth. In the Matthew account, we end Chapter 2 with Jesus’ parents bringing him back to Nazareth after the death of Herod, and begin Chapter 3 with John the Baptist coming onto the scene and the baptism of Jesus, along with the most profound leadership lesson in the gospels. After Jesus is baptized by John, Matthew 3:17 says, “And a voice from heaven said, ‘This is my Son, whom I love, with him I am well pleased.’” Well pleased? Well pleased with what? Last we knew Jesus was a baby, and now He just comes out of nowhere and gets baptized – He hasn’t even done anything yet for His Father to be pleased with. But this one sentence is the foundation for all of Jesus’ ministry, and should be the foundation for our leadership journey. God the Father affirms Jesus in 3 ways:

1) You are mine

2) I love you

3) You don’t have to prove a thing, I already delight in you

Matthew Chapter 4 then leaves us with no fairy tale illusions about how ministry and leadership is going to be – no time for a honeymoon period here – the Spirit immediately leads Jesus into the wilderness for the famous 40 days of testing. Jesus was able to pass the test, and navigate through every earthly challenge, because He was assured in what His Father had told him – He knew who He belonged to, He didn’t doubt His Father’s love, and there was no pressure to get His Father’s approval because He already had it.

In your leadership journey you will encounter tests and challenges that seemingly so blindside you that you can’t imagine a loving Father would ever have allowed it. You will have times where you feel like an outsider, questioning if you really belong. Other people’s approval will be fickle – one day you’re a rockstar, and the next you’re just not ‘all that’. When we come to Christ, we have the same assurance:

1) We belong

2) We’re loved

3) God is pleased with us, there’s nothing to earn or prove

But, you say, of course Jesus was confident in what His Father had told Him, how could He possibly forget? Heaven flippin’ opened up and the Spirit descended like a dove and a voice came out of heaven! So that wasn’t your experience after you got baptized? Trust me, that still, small voice from heaven will say it again to you – and say it as many times as you need to hear it. Take heed to the voice of God, He will always prepare you for the journey by speaking these truths to you.

As you reflect on another Christmas gone by, it’s a perfect time of year to remember that freedom-in-christGod loved us so much, was so intent to redeem us to Himself, that He sent His only Son, our Savior. Just the fact that we accepted Christ’s sacrifice and asked Him to be Lord of our life pleases God’s heart to no end. Before you start sprinting into this new year, take time to recall when a voice from heaven has spoken these truths to you. If you can’t remember specific instances, if there’s any doubt, ask God to encounter you with these truths this year the same way He spoke them over His Son – that you are His, you are loved, and He is so pleased with you! Being rooted in our identify in Christ is the foundation for leadership that will finish the race!

Article Submitted by: Karissa Corpeny, Director of Corporate Training, TC Southeast

From the Rep’s Corner

Joy In Enduring

As ministers we can get so caught up in serving others and trying hard to please God in ministry that we lose our joy. The author of Hebrews describes how Jesus ran His race with endurance “for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Heb 12:2 NASB). “For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart” (NASB). The Greek word ‘endure’ is translated “under-remain.” It gives the picture of being under severe pressure but holding steadfast, standing firm, not wavering , being tenacious – hardworking and optimistic in the face of setbacks.

James, another leader in the church says “consider it all joy when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance and let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing” (James 1:3-4). Sometimes when we are in these hard-pressed places we want to get out quickly, we want the pain and discomfort to go away and we step out before giving the process time to work in us. The way to endure these tough places is to find JOY in the pain. Is it possible?BillyMills_Crossing_Finish_Line_1964Olympics Sure! But we have to cry out to Holy Spirit and ask Him to help us find joy in the process. The joy is in knowing that Jesus won and we can win too! The joy is in knowing the end result – the eternal impact; the many students whom you have poured into and who have found hope in Jesus Christ.

Ask the Lord “what is it you are showing me in this season of my life?” “How can I find joy in the process?”

But you will be called the priests of the Lord; You will be spoken of as ministers of our God…instead of your shame you will have a double portion, and instead of humiliation they will shout for joy over their portion. Therefore they will possess a double portion in their land, everlasting joy will be theirs. Is 61

 

Article Submitted by: Andree Aiken – ELP Leader/Coach, TC Southeast

ELP Highlight

My name is Monica Brown. I am an intern at The Bridge Teen Challenge and have been in ELP for several months. Since being in ELP, I have learned many things. It has helped meMonica Brown see where I am spiritually and how to grow in my relationship with God. I have learned many tools and ways to be a good leader and server of God. ELP has shown me the kind of person I want to be in my ministry and what areas I would best be able to serve as well. It has also given me motivation in my walk to know who I am as a leader in Christ and in Teen Challenge. I have learned how to have compassion and love for others in need and women who come into Teen Challenge. My love relationship I have been able to build with God has helped me love others. I have learned that God is number one no matter what. Being a leader in Teen Challenge you can’t be selfish, prideful, or have no fear. You must be willing to work together with others at being a team and having a vision to accomplish anything. ELP has helped me grow so much as a student, an intern, a woman of God, a mother, and in my life. My life now will be to lead like Jesus.

ELP Rep’s Link

Farewell 

It is with deep sadness that we say goodbye to Brittany Hughes, ELP Rep at Ft. Myers Women’s Center who served for 4 years. Brittany has served the students and staff well both at her local campus and at our ELP Summits. Brittany will be missed.

Welcome

This month we welcome 4 new ELP Rep’s; Rod Hughes (Tallahassee), Dan Williams (Middle GA), Nicole Petty (Southwest FL W) and Jenny Northern (Columbus W). Welcome leaders! Thank you for answering the call to raise up sons and daughters on your campuses and to seed to the nations. Huge responsibility, but with the Holy Spirit’s guidance we can do it!

Level I Adult

This month our core course is Team Building and our text is The 17 Essential Qualities of a Team Player by John Maxwell. In this book Maxwell outlines the successes 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 sake of the team
  • Tenacious – hardworking and optimistic in the face of setbacks

Maxwell shows how these qualities, and many others, impact the team and its success. The 17 Essential Qualities of a Team Player is 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 Leading Others and our text: Habitudes 3 - The Art of Leading Others by Tim Elmore. This book is the final in a series of 3 books. The leadership journey begins with self-leadership. We must lead ourselves before we lead anyone else. Next we learn to lead up – in relationships with those over us. Then, we learn to lead and influence those around us. Finally, we lead those under our care.

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 – Jan 2015

Happy New Year

Happy New Year Leaders! I hope you got some rest and relaxation over the holidays and are ready to jump back into your studies. We are continuing with our course Values in Leadership and our text: People First by Jack Lannom. We are just a little over half way in this course so continue to press in. Remember your Personal Action Plans will be graded as your final assessment so if you are not caught up, now is a good time to do so. We are at post VI – Education. Be sure to check out the video linked to the post.

 

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.