We are exactly one month out from the ELP Summit_Staff Day, Aug 15-18, 2016 at the Lakeside Retreat and Event Center. If you have not already registered, please register here.
Name: Kevin Noviello
Age: 24 Years Old
Home Town: Columbus, GA
Teen Challenge Center: I graduated Jacksonville Men’s Center June of 2015.
My Testimony in Brief: I had eternity at my finger tips and decided to turn back from a road of promises. Raised in church, I was always taught right from wrong and good morals, but I wanted to pursue a life where I was in control. With a wild imagination and a independent outlook on life I found myself fully addicted to any substance that would further my experience of ” being in control.” I came to Teen Challenge with almost the mentality to prove that God could not do something with a hopeless and drug addicted felon.
The Purpose and Calling God has given me: God has called me to help build up a generation of Earth shakers for the kingdom of God.
The ELP’s Impact on my Leadership: ELP program sharpens leadership qualities while cultivating new skill-sets of leadership The ELP program is the single most effective program training leaders according to the model Jesus set.
This month we welcome Michelle Sheppard – Pensacola Women’s to the ELP. Welcome Michelle!
Our next Core Course is Values in Leadership and our text: People First by Jack Lannom. Lannom uses Leadership as an acrostic to describe a systematic way we can “develop world-class leaders and pass on an enduring legacy.” Lannom says “As I began to compare and contrast strong, growing organizations with those that consistently struggle, it didn’t take long to realize that a company is only as strong as its leadership.” The first principle of leadership is logos meaning knowledge; leaders know what they believe and why they believe it and from this knowledge they promote the idea of truth in all things, wisdom in all things and excellence in all things.
This course is a 3-month course and will be shipped from our office. Your first post will be up on the forum on Monday, May 16th. You’ll make an initial post and then respond to someone’s post.
This month we welcome new Rep’s Mack Johnson (Program Manager, Level II grad & Level III participant) from Middle GA and Rebekah Barnett, Level I Staff at Hosannah House TC! Thank you for answering the call to raise up the next generation of leaders within Teen Challenge.
Level I Adult
This month we start our new course Armor Bearer and our text: God’s Armor Bearer by Dr. Terry Nance. Support the vision of your leader and God will help you accomplish your vision in due season. The study of this book and workbook will give understanding in just how to accomplish God’s plan as an armor bearer doing God’s will. The writer of the book served as an armor bearer to his pastor some twenty-five years with meekness and joy and he performed with precision and peace.
Our course for the Adolescent track is Building Relationships and our text: Habitudes #2 – The Art of Connecting with Others by Dr. Tim Elmore. The images Dr. Elmore provides are memorable and powerful in conveying key leadership principles. We want to communicate to our students that in the ELP, leadership starts first with leading yourself well – then with connecting with others before you try to lead them.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. All new applications must be in by the 10th of the month for students starting the 15th.
A couple of days ago, Media Analyst, Daniel Jeremiah wrote an article called, 2016 NFL Draft: Five Head-Scratching Picks. In the article, Jeremiah describes five NFL “picks” that literally left him scratching his head. They were players that he felt should have been “passed over” for other, more talented or qualified players.
Rewind with me, three thousand years ago to another head-scratching moment that changed the course of history. You know the story well but humor me and read it again:
“I’m sending you to Jesse in Bethlehem because I’ve selected one of his sons to be king…I will reveal to you what you should do, and you will anoint for me the one I point out to you.” Samuel did what the Lord told him…He performed the ceremonies for Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice. When they came, he saw Eliab and thought, “Certainly, here in the Lord’s presence is his anointed king.”
But the Lord told Samuel, “Don’t look at his appearance or how tall he is, because I have rejected him. God does not see as humans see. Humans look at outward appearances, but the Lord looks into the heart.”
Then Jesse called Abinadab and brought him to Samuel. But Samuel said, “The Lord has not chosen this one either.” Then Jesse had Shammah come to Samuel. “The Lord has not chosen this one either,” Samuel said. So Jesse brought seven more of his sons to Samuel, but Samuel told Jesse, “The Lord has not chosen any of these. Are these all the sons you have?” “There’s still the youngest one,” Jesse answered. “He’s tending the sheep.”
Samuel told Jesse, “Send someone to get him. We won’t continue until he gets here.” So Jesse sent for him. He had a healthy complexion, attractive eyes, and a handsome appearance. The Lord said, “Go ahead, anoint him. He is the one.” (Taken from I Samuel 16)
God is the ultimate “scout.” His ways are not our ways- he looks into the heart, not on outward appearances. David was a man after God’s heart, faithful, intimate with the Lord…He was not perfect but he knew how to repent. The Great Scout is looking for men and women, with a heart like David’s, to change the world, to lead His cause and to bring hope to many. I am proud to say that we have a team made up of “Davids.” I know my words were few today but let this passage of Scripture challenge and encourage you- God see’s into your heart and He has hand picked you for His team.
Brice Maddock, COO – Teen Challenge Southeast