Rep’s Link – Apr 2016

Level I Adult

This month we continue with our course Knowing and Understanding God and our text: Experiencing God by Blackaby, Blackaby and King. This is a two month course.

For those persons who are starting or continuing their electives, go ahead and put in your orders on the Google Spreadsheet ELP Monthly Order Form and Grade Sheet Edited.

Level I Adolescent

Our course for the Adolescent track is The Art of Self Leadership and the text: Habitudes I  – The Art of Self Leadership by Tim Elmore. This book is part of a series of 3 books. 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 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 and email to andree.aiken@teenchallenge.cc. All new applications must be in by the 10th of the month for students starting the 15th.

Level II – April 2016

Congratulations! 

Congratulations Sean Lee for completing the Level 2! 

Core Courses

Our next core course is Ministry Development and our text: From Dream to Reality. dream to reality book coverWe’ll read a little of the history of TC Southeast as Dr. Jerry Nance shares the early years of developing the ministry. This book reveals the principles that evolved during the building years of the organization. You’ll learn principles such as:

  • The leader must hear from God
  • Pray Hard, Work Hard, Then Pray God Blesses Your Work
  • Cherish and Celebrate Victories along the Way
  • You Can Fund Your Vision
  • Learn to Laugh and much more…

You can see your dream become a reality as you apply these principles and as you stay faithful to the dream in your heart. Don’t quit short of what God has put in your heart to accomplish. God has a master plan for your life and He has endowed you with the gifts and talents to accomplish what He has called you to do.

Your first post will be up on the forum Monday, April 18th. You’ll make an initial post and respond to someone’s post.

ELP Highlight

Name: Elissa Hollingsworth

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Elissa Hollingsworth

Age:   41 years young

Hometown: Starke, Florida

Teen Challenge Center:   I graduated from the South Florida Davie Women’s Center in 2013 and now have been on staff with them for 2 years.

My Testimony in Brief: I grew up in an abusive alcoholic family causing me at a young age to seek out purpose in life through the wrong crowds. This landed me in and out of jail and prison for over 21 years.

 The Purpose and Calling God has Given Me:  After coming to Teen Challenge I met Jesus and I have finally found my purpose in life and that is to give hope to others the same way it was given to me when I walked through these doors.

The ELP’s Impact on My Leadership: The impact that the ELP program has had on my life is that it is helping me to change on a continuous basis to become more like Christ and to be a messenger of hope!

Resurrection Stories

I still have Easter on my heart.  It is kind of like the after-glow that is left in the sky after alazaraus-tomb sun set.  God spent Easter weekend reminding me that He is a God of miraculous power- resurrection power.

Easter is a time of hope.  Not only the hope of the resurrection after we leave this earth, but the resurrection power that we see daily in the lives around us- lives that were “walking dead people” before they submitted to the Life Giver.  There are times when we even get to witness this miracle and it never gets old.

There are also times when we don’t witness it with our eyes but we get to hear about it with our ears.  I never tire of hearing peoples’ resurrection stories.  When you meet someone who loves and serves God, it is wonderful, but when you sit down with them and hear about where God has brought them from, it’s another level entirely.  You find yourself in utter disbelief, that the person before you was in the “mire” in such a way.  How can it be?  How did I not see any trace of that life when I met them?  Unlike the after-glow I spoke of earlier, there is no sign of their former life- no dragging grave clothes to give their prior sins away.  Only the mark of Christ on them that drops the mouth, widens the eyes and forces us to see the miraculous resurrection power of God.

In John 11, when Martha heard that Jesus was coming to their home, she went out to meet Him.  She said, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother wouldn’t have died. But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.” (John 11:21-22)

Is that the attitude that we have with Jesus?  No matter what situation we find another in, whether a family member, a student or a stranger, do we still say to Jesus, “Even now God will give you whatever you ask.”

When Mary and Martha lost Lazarus they were feeling hopeless.  At that time, they were not seeing it as an opportunity for God to receive glory.  Their hearts were broken and their worries for the future were real.  Martha said she believed Jesus could do anything.  She even said she believed He was “the Christ, the Son of God” but when Jesus asked for the stone to be rolled away, she immediately objected because of the humiliating stench that would besiege all who were there.

Take away the stone,” he said. “But, Lord,” said Martha, the sister of the dead man, “by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days.” (John 11:39)

Do we come across situations that we feel like would even be too hard for Jesus to “fix.”  Are there times when you brush your palms together and say, “There’s nothing to be done.”  That just may be the time when Jesus resurrects a life; a life that has been dead so long, the stench is at the point of unbearable until…

“Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?” (John 11:40)

Let’s Witness the Glory of God Together,

 Brice

Brice Maddock

COO, Teen Challenge Southeast

 

 

Success in the Arena – Leaving a Legacy

 

In honor of the Super Bowl, last month’s article was on The Arena.  The Arena is the placePeyton Manning where legends are born- legends like Peyton Manning.  Most of you know that Peyton just retired from football, after eighteen years of hard work and dedication.  The Denver Post printed an article covering the story called, Peyton Manning’s Legacy Will Need to Be Told By Others. Here is an excerpt from that article,

“At Manning’s retirement ceremony…the final question was in regard to Peyton’s footprint revolutionizing the position of quarterback, and what impact he would have on future quarterbacks. He responded: ‘I can’t answer that myself…’ Peyton would decline to define his legacy. That delineation of influence will be left up to millions of other people…”

Success in the arena has many aspects but, when thinking about the subject, two things really came to my mind.  The first aspect is summed up by this quote from an anonymous author, “Success isn’t just about what you accomplish in your life, it’s about what you inspire others to do.”  Many of you have experienced success in this area.  Whether you have inspired a student to be the father or mother that God had called them to be or an intern to work for a cause that helps others or maybe you have inspired your own son or daughter to follow in your ministry footprints- success has to do with what you influence others to do- this is an important part of your legacy and those that you have inspired, will tell your story.

Secondly, success in the arena has to do, not just with personal “wins,” but with team wins as well.  Read Manning’s definition of success in the arena, “When I look back on my NFL career, I’ll know without a doubt that I gave everything I had to help my teams walk away with a win.”

This is a challenge to all of us- are we doing everything we can so that our team wins?  Yes, we want personal success and legacy but there is nothing more inspiring than seeing a team play for team success.  It brings great glory to God when His people work together for a common cause and a common victory.  When this happens, no one man gets accolades; the accolades rest at the throne of God.

How do we manage this kind of legacy?  How do we gain the success that inspires others and brings both personal and team victories?  Read what Peyton is quoted as saying, “There were other players who were more talented, but there was no one who could out-prepare me. And, because of that, I have no regrets.”

Peyton Manning was not the most talented quarterback the NFL has ever seen but he arguable was the most prepared.  I want to challenge you today to prepare for success.  The most important and effective way to do this is through prayer and the study of God’s Word.  When we put on the full armor of God, we are prepared to expect, fight and win the daily battles that rage in our lives.  As we focus on preparing for success, we will inspire others, see victories in our lives and in the lives of our teammates. It is then we will leave a legacy for others and we will say, like Paul, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:7

In the Arena Together,

Brice Maddock  (COO, Teen Challenge Southeast)

 

 

ELP Summit 2016!

Mark your calendars for the ELP Summit April 21-23, 2016 at the Lakeside Retreat and Event Center, Seale, AL. Arrive Wednesday evening, April 20th and depart at noon on the 23rd. Look out for more information in the next week from Mike Randle who is coordinating the event. The first person who guesses the correct years for each of our Summit logos will get a prize! Email: andree.aiken@teenchallenge.cc

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Rep’s Link – Mar 2016

Level I Adult

Our new course starting Mar 15th is Knowing and Understanding God and our text: Experiencing God by Blackaby, Blackaby and King. God is inviting you to experience Him in an intimate love relationship through which He reveals to you His will, His ways, His work. Through the biblical principles in this course, God can teach you how to:

  1. Know when He is speaking to you
  2. Recognize His activity around you
  3. Adjust your life to Him and His ways
  4. Identify what He wants to do through you
  5. Respond to His activity in your life

When you recognize where God is working you can join Him in what He is doing. Then you will experience God doing through you what only He can do. The ISBN # is 9781415858387.

Level I Adolescent

Our course for the Adolescent track is Discover your God-given Gifts and the text: Congratulations! You’re Gifted! by Doug Fields & Erik Rees. Your students will discover the place where their God-given passions and strengthens intersect, and find the way they’re designed to serve. They’ll learn about their SHAPE – “S-piritual Gifts,” “H-eart,” “A-bilities,” “P-ersonality,” and “E-xperiences.” They’ll stop serving because that’s what they’re “supposed” to do and start serving from the depths of their heart and soul because it’s what they were created to do.

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 andree.aiken@teenchallenge.cc. All new applications must be in by the 10th of the month for students starting the 15th.

 

Level II – Mar 2016

Welcome

This month we welcome John Powell and Kori Briscoe (Hope Outreach, Columbia, SC) to the Level II!. Both leaders are graduates of the Emerging Leaders College and are now serving at our Hope Outreach in SC. Welcome guys! Thank you for answering the call of God on your lives and for being a student of your call. The lessons we can learn in leadership never ends. Looking forward to walk this journey with you.

Congratulations! 

Congratulations Becca Price, Women at the Well, PA for completing the Level II! Congratulations to Mike Spivey, Jacksonville for moving on to your electives!

 

Core Courses

Our next core course is Ethics and Integrity and we’ll look at a wonderful book by Dr. Henry Cloud called Integrity – the courage to meet the demands of reality.

Oftentimes we do not connect the dots with how integrity of character really works day to day, and how it affects our real results in the area of life which matter to us most. In this book we will look at six areas of character that will help us to connect the dots. A person with integrity has the ability to pull everything together, to make it all happen no matter how challenging the circumstances.

Your first post will be up on the forum Monday, March 14th. You’ll make an initial post and respond to someone’s post.

ELP Highlight – Mar 2016

My nSteven Newmaname is Steven Newman. I was born in Augusta, GA.  I grew up in a wonderful and loving family. My parents were always there for me and still are to this day. My mother has always been a very godly woman, so I was raised up in Christian schools. High school is where it all started. I got with the wrong group of guys and stole a car, went to the mall, and robbed a woman. We got caught and I received probation. I continued with my madness and started selling drugs. I got caught and got out again with probation. My mother and father would always hire me the best lawyers and getting me out of trouble. So, eventually I didn’t worry about getting caught. I continued selling and was successful. Everything Satan wants us to have is to blind us from GOD. Houses, Boats, Cars, Motorcycles, anything you want.

Well I got caught again, and had the best lawyer so I knew with enough money I would get out. But this time, I remember my lawyer telling me “Steven I can no longer take your case the feds want you. I cannot win.” I knew then I was going to prison. Plus the feds wanted me to give information to them, which I could not do. My boss knew where my mother, brother, and whole family lived. Yes, I feared him! So I wouldn’t cooperate. I was sent to Prison 5 different federal penitentiaries.

From 1999 to 2012 I was in and out of Federal Prison system. When I got out I met a wonderful Christian woman. I had a great job everything was great. However,  I fell Into Satan’s hands again. A certain woman moved next door and eventually I started going over to her house and using meth, heroine and partying again. I never would have thought I would become a junkie. The same person I sold to—I had become. My girlfriend left me after the other woman told her everything when she was intoxicated one night. I lost everything and was living out of my truck, begging my mother for money, and taking showers at the truck stop. On top of that, I was facing multiple new charges.

My brother and mom came and got me out of jail and I came home. I realized I needed help when my daughter told me “Baylin (my son) has a step dad who sits on the couch all day and a dad who he watched grow up in prison to look up to.” The very next day I searched for rehabs and came across Teen Challenge. They took me immediately. I made a commitment to myself and my family that no matter what I would be straight for a year. Satan has yet to steal my victory. God has restored my relationship with my beautiful twins and my family!

Now, I’m the one chosen to do the prayers at special occasions. I also serve food to the homeless, and talk to drug addicts every chance I get to share the hope of Jesus with them. Only God could make that change.  I graduated from Middle Georgia Teen Challenge in July 2015 and have recently finished my 6 month internship. I’m in the ELP program where I’m learning leadership roles. I have the responsibility of work project coordinator. I’m still currently here at Teen Challenge 20 months later because I honestly feel God’s calling to this ministry and to give back to the young adults to keep them from going down the path I went through.