We will resume our monthly (3rd Friday’s) ELP Revolutionized Leadership webinars this month with a discussion on Motivational Gifts and how we put these to use in the Teen Challenge context. Tune in Fri, Feb 21st at 10:30am (eastern) for this live webinar. We will send out a link to the webinar a few days prior to the date.
Level I Adult
This month our course is Armor Bearer and our text: God’s Armor Bearer by Terry Nance. Terry discusses how to support the vision of our leader as God helps us to accomplish our vision in due season. The books, workbook and DVD series will give understanding in just how to accomplish God’s plan as an armor bearer doing God’s will.
Level I Adolescent
Our course for the Adolescent track is Servant Leadership and our text: Help, I’m a Student Leader! by Doug Fields. Doug talks about the fact that you as a student, can also be a leader. The book introduces servant leadership, talks about the heart of a servant, gives practical tips on the attitudes and actions of a servant-leader and provides guidance to your unique leadership role – not just in Teen Challenge but in your sphere of influence.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.
This month we want to welcome Jude Sanchez (Central Florida TC) and Ashley Durrance (Southwest FL Women’s) to Level II. Welcome Jude and Ashley! We are excited that you are growing in your leadership.
I am enjoying the level of content and discussion from our current course From Dream to Reality by Dr. Jerry Nance. Keep it going leaders!
Our next core course is a 3-month course People First by Jack Lannom. Jack lays out leadership principles in a systematic way so we really comprehend what leadership means. Your manual will be sent out directly from the ELP Office and posting will begin Monday, Feb 17th for this course. If you are an auditory learner, please let me know so I can send you the audio CD’s for this course. As always, looking forward to chat with you on the discussion board.
I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love…
It’s urgent that as believers in Jesus Christ that we take our calling very seriously. We must live our lives with such passionate dedication that we are willing to risk everything. We have a high calling and high are the standards that we must live by. These standards are not written laws but are conditions of the heart that we should live by through the Holy Spirit. I believe that in these two verses the Lord is showing us four primary points to living a life worthy of the calling we have received in Christ Jesus.
#1 – Humility
Our calling is to follow Him and to acknowledge Him as our provider and our God. Humility is the mark of a follower of Christ that is wholly abandoned to Him. We need to seek humility each day as we walk in our great calling to love God and to extend His love to others. Humility is not common in our society and is contrary to our own human nature. Our natural response is self-preservation and pride. When we practice humility it forces us to place our dependence on God rather than ourselves. To walk worthy of our calling we MUST depend on Him and not ourselves.
“They knew that apart from the presence and power of the Holy Spirit they would accomplish nothing.”
Rick Joyner – of those leading the Welsh Revival in 1904
#2 – Gentleness Our actions towards others should always be done with a gentle manner. Humility shows our heart position towards God and others but gentleness is how we are to actually act towards them. Rather than being rash, abrupt and forceful we should be gentle and kind. When we display gentleness we leave no room to control or manipulate others. We can only do this when we really place our trust in the Lord. When we display gentleness we display our trust in God. Our calling is one that must be marked by a gentle spirit and carefull actions. We learn to be slow to speak and even slower to react in anger. Our lives must be connected to God’s Spirit in order to display true gentleness towards others.
#3 – Patience Humility is our heart position, gentleness is to be the mark of our actions towards others and patience shows how we react to others and to circumstances outside of our control. We must have a life marked by patience in this fallen world because not only will many people harm us and let us down unintentionally but some will also do so intentionally. In light of the cross of Jesus Christ and His shed blood we realize that we have no place in our lives to be impatient or harbor any bitterness. A patient life is one that is quick to forgive. When we display patience as the Holy Spirit lives through us we can live a life truly worthy of the calling of Christ. Patience is a must-have virtue for any true Christ follower.
#4 – LOVE With all of the humility, gentleness and patience we are to bear with one another in love. Humility is our heart position, gentleness is the way we treat others, patience is how we respond and love is that package that all of these are wrapped up into. Each of these stem from a life filled with God’s love and His presence. These things are only possible through a life filled with God’s love. We must commune with our father in unceasing prayer and adoration if we want to truly walk in a way that is worthy of His calling on our lives. It all must be our of an overflow of Christ in us, who is love and is the hope of glory.
Of the 4 Characteristics which one are you strongest in? Which are you weakest in?
It’s that time of year again for our Emerging Leaders Program Summit! The dates are Apr 24-26, 2014. Our Summit is the exclamation point of the ELP where we have leadership training, vision casting, outreach and so much more as we are intentional about raising up gen-next. The theme is Frontline Leadership and our special guest speaker will be Billy Humphries of Bethel Church in Atlanta. Come and be a part of this exciting event! You can register for the Summit at the link below:
Which Center/What Year did you Graduate: Ft. Myers Women/ 2012
My Testimony in Brief: When I came to Teen Challenge I was desperate for true love. I had sought love in drugs, food and men for many years. In Teen Challenge I found the true love that I had been looking for in Jesus.
The Purpose and Calling God has Given Me: I feel called to work with adolescent girls and am excited about the door that God has opened for me through ELP . I hope that by sharing the love of Jesus with others I can help them experience the true freedom that I have found in Him.
The ELP’s Impact on My Leadership: ELP has been a vehicle for placing me in my calling. Thanks to my level 1 ELP classes and the guidance and support of my ELP rep, I am transitioning into an awesome opportunity in Teen Challenge Ministry where I will be working with adolescent girls.