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 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.