Rep’s Link – Sep 2013

Level I Adult

As of today we have 125 students doing the core courses and 29 students doing their electives from the Southeast region as well as all the other students from other regions, this number could easily go up to a total of 500. That’s quite a lot of emerging leaders. What would be the impact if one year from now all of our students graduated the ELP knowing who they are in Christ, what their purpose is and where God wants to place them in His kingdom? How would our centers, communities and nation be impacted? I challenge you as the emerging leader representative to take the time to continue the discipleship process with our emerging leaders through coaching and mentoring – connecting with them or connecting them to others who can help them reach their destiny.

This month our course is Our Core Values and our text: Our Core Values by Dr. Jerry Nance. Our Core Values connect our people to our culture. The emerging leaders will learn more about the values we live by and how we can incorporate these in every day life at our centers.

Level I Adolescents

The course for this month is Discover Your God-given Purpose and our text: Chazown. Chazown (pronounced khaw-ZONE) from the Hebrew, meaning a dream, revelation, or vision. You were born with your own Chazown. Do you know what it is?

Monthly Book Orders and Grade Sheet

Southeast 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 and copy to let us know.

“Change, improve and create an environment where people can grow, prosper, thrive and make a contribution.” ~ Jim Blanchard.

The ELP Rep as Coach and Mentor

Last month we looked at the ELP Rep as Coach and Mentor. A coach or mentor ensures the emerging leader is yoked-up with a coach or mentor – someone who will get them established in the house (the kingdom). Every person needs a Barnabas – an encourager, an Epaphroditus – someone who will walk side by side with them, and a Timothy – someone who will come and take over from them. To learn more about the benefits of coaching at an organizational level read 020ASTUDYONTHEEFFECTSOFCOACHvarious20012002. As you watch the webinar and read this article, go ahead and post your comments. We would love to hear how a shift to be more of a coach or mentor is impacting your campus.

Emerging LEaders PRogram

3 Places to Lead from – Rest, Intimacy, Hunger

three-fingersThere are a lot of things that influence how we interact with those that we lead and influence. We can be having a great day, which leads to our ability to encourage someone around us, or we can find ourselves pouring negativity and slander on those around us about something frustrating that has happened. It is important that we always remember to lead from 3 very important places that will ensure that we lead well and positively influence those people around us.

1.     Lead from a place of Rest 

In our culture we live in a place of constant conviction to achieve and perform more and more. Most of us have a very hard time; never stopping to really rest in the Lord. When we feel the constant need to continue striving it is because we are not living in a place where we can rest in who God is. Sometimes we feel a need to constantly be proving ourselves. As leaders we need to always make time to sit back and rest in the Lord. The Lord calls us to yoke ourselves up to Him and he promises that the burden will be light. As we rest in the Lord we will enable him to refresh us and will end up having so much more to offer those that we influence.

2.     Lead from a place of Intimacy

In John chapter 15 Jesus reminds us that we need to always remain in Him as he remains in the Father. He uses the metaphor of us being the branches that are attached to him, which represents the vine. This is extremely important to remember, as we are influencing those around us. We need to always be taking time to get away and seek the face of God. We need to get into His presence and allow him to show us more of whom He is. The more intimacy we have with God, the higher the probability is that others will encounter him through us.

3.     Lead from a place of Hunger and Thirst

In John chapter 6 Jesus compares himself to food. He tells us that if we will eat and drink of Him that we will no longer hunger or thirst. The physical energy, invigoration and refreshment that we gain from food and drink is simply a portrait of the way that Jesus nourishes and fills our lives. This bold promise is something that we need to always remember as we are pouring into the lives of other people. We need to exemplify for others that we crave Jesus even more than we do the water we drink, the food we eat and even the air we breathe.

Do you think God put physical food on the earth to show us how much we should crave Jesus?

TC Mission Trips – Guatemala


One of our ELP Rep’s from the Teen Challenge in Bonifay, FL wrote an amazing short article that we really wanted to share with everyone! Over the past few years we have seen a lot of our Emerging Leaders staff and students get the opportunity to serve at Teen Challenge programs overseas. Every single person that has had the opportunity has been dramatically impacted and blessed. We highly recommend taking students and staff on a mission trip each year to a Teen Challenge overseas!


Here is what Chuck Odum wrote us: “Desafio Juvenil is the only Teen Challenge center in Guatemala City, Guatemala. I had the joy of spending the day with them while on a mission trip to their area with our center, West Florida Teen Challenge, Bonifay, FL. The directors, Richard and Janet Conti, were away from the center on other business. Jose Flores, who runs the center in their absence, was our host. He is an amazing young man with a God-sized vision for increasing the Teen Challenge presence in Guatemala City. They currently have a house full of men, 18 and older, who are finding freedom through their ministry. He shared the vision he has of seeing additional centers for women and also adolescent boys and girls. As, he walked me through the center showing me the many blessings that God has given them through the love and support of others, he shared with me that their greatest needs is for workers. Many have come to help in short-term ways but Jose said that they need people who are called of God to do ministry in their country and city who can commit to being part of the ministry and helping to reach the lives of those who they cannot currently reach. I was reminded of the scripture in Luke 10:2 “These were his instructions to them: “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.” Teen Challenge is very familiar with the amazing things God can do when His children will respond in simple obedience to the needs that are in front of them. Recently I heard Greg Hammond share a great thought with our staff. He said, “the need IS the call.” I frequently reminded our team of this quote while we were in Guatemala. The need is great, and so is the call. Hallelujah!”


Have you been on a mission trip with your Teen Challenge program? If so, where have you been and how was your experience???

The TCDNA – Remembering First Principles

I read an editorial in World magazine recently that alarmed me. According to the article, America’s top leading law schools have stopped using The Federalist Papers. (gasp!) Not sure what’s so alarming about that? Perhaps it would help if you knew what the Federalist Papers were, I didn’t remember either. Let me just quote the article to provide context:

        “At Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, and Berkeley, schools that ‘produce many of the nation’s leading members of the bar and bench [from where we get many of our governmental leaders],’ it’s no longer required to read any of these classic essays set down by our Founders and first-generation constitutional scholars…The 85 essays that came to be known asThe Federalist Papers were written by James Madison, John Jay, and Alexander Hamilton…The collection forms ‘an incomparable exposition of the Constitution, a classic in political science unsurpassed in both breadth and depth…’ It reveals the thinking behind the Constitution… ‘The progressive ideology that dominates our universities teaches that The Federalist, like all books written before the day before yesterday, is antiquated and irrelevant…our universities also deprive the nation of a citizenry well-acquainted with our Constitution’s enduring principles.’ By nature we are prone to forgetting first principles…”
        As the saying goes, you can’t have your cake and eat it too. America can’t have its freedom while ignoring the principles on which freedom is founded. Every generation has to be grounded in the first principles, including the philosophy which shaped those principles. It’s no different with Teen Challenge, we are prone to forget our heritage. We can’t expect miraculous results while ignoring the principles which foster an environment for miracles. This is why the ELP is intent on raising up “TC Gen Next” relative to the DNA handed down to us from our Pioneers. As a TC Gen Next’er, take responsibility for embracing and embodying our TC DNA – find and read books from the TC pioneer days, talk with your team about how to keep the DNA alive and well at your center. Let’s not deprive those we serve of a servant leadership team well-acquainted with our ministry’s enduring principles.
TC DNA Literature – Click this link for a comprehensive list of literature that you can read for details on the history and the DNA of Teen Challenge.

PRAYER – The Cornerstone of our Work – Thursday morning
EVANGELISM – Love for the Lost
DEPENDENCE on HOLY SPIRIT – Only He can Change Lives
PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY – Establishing the Culture
FAITH – Believing God for the Impossible

ELP Highlight August 2013

Emerging LEaders Program

From left to right: Sandra Boese, Regina Gabilando, Erin Hill, Jessica Jacobsen, Carmen Puckett, Justin Batterton. (2 not shown Marlin Gauthier and Chris Gabilando.

These are the first graduates of Louisiana T.C. Emerging Leader Program. During the start-up process of the ELP they showed an amazing level of maturity and dedication. A tweak here and there and the trial and error period brought to life the amazing leaders they are and will be. With T.C. it’s all about teamwork and the work that was put in from all the centers in Louisiana and the amazing Emerging Leaders Team from the Southeast Region. What a blessing!

Level II – Aug 2013


This month we welcome Roger Hughes (Pensacola Men’s) and Phillip Talle’ (Jacksonville Men’s) and Mitch Clevenger (Vero Beach Boy’s) to the Level II! Welcome to the community gentlemen!  We look forward to working with you to advance your leadership.


Congratulations to Andrew Chalmers (ELP Office) and Julie Tittjung (TC Oklahoma) for starting your electives!

Core Courses

Yah! We have completed all our posts for Values in Leadership!  Continue to work on your Personal Action Plans. These should be sent in by Aug 31st.

Our core course this month is Strategic Planning and Decision-making and our text: Executive Values by Kurt Senske. This practical guide provides us with a game plan for Christ-centered leadership that stresses the development of a healthy organizational culture, values-based strategic planning, mentoring and balancing professional and personal lives. We’ll begin posting for this course on Monday, August 19th.  Looking forward to chat with you on the discussion board.


Rep’s Link – Aug 2013

ELP Level I Adult

Our core course is Servant Leadership and our text: Lead Like Jesus by Ken Blanchard and Phil Hodges. Blanchard and Hodges say “for followers of Jesus, servant leadership isn’t an option; it’s a mandate; servant leadership is to be a living statement of who we are in Christ, how we treat one another, and how we demonstrate the love of Christ to the whole world.” If we apply what it means to lead like Jesus to our heart, head, hands and habits we’ll be in a position to radically transform our leadership. Remember to use the Lead Like Jesus DVD’s (If you don’t have one let me know) along with the Rep’s meeting guide (click here) to facilitate your weekly meetings.

ELP Level I Adolescent

The course for the adolescent track is Servant Leadership and our text: Help! I am a Student Leader by Doug Fields.  Although this book is set in the context of a church youth ministry, it’s interwoven with great insights on how adolescents can be servant leaders wherever they are. You will learn how Jesus led others, figure out how to be helpful to everyone, discover the secrets of getting others involved and learn how to listen better.

Monthly Book Orders and Grade Sheet

Southeast 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 and copy to let us know.

Thank you for faithfully serving our emerging leaders.