Level II – Nov 2013

Congratulations

Congratulations Stacy and Andrew on completing ELP Level II!

Stacy McLaine

Stacy McLaine

ELP

Andrew Chalmers

Core Courses

Our core course this month is Practical Christianity and our text: Ordering Your Private World by Gordon MacDonald. MacDonald equips a new generation to live life from the inside out, cultivating the inner victory necessary for public effectiveness. Your first post will be up on the forum Monday, Nov 18th.

Remember to return the 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership DVD’s asap. Centers will be billed the cost of the DVD set $299.99 + shipping if not returned.

As always, looking forward to chat with you on the discussion board.

TC Boys go to Haiti

Emerging LEaders Program students in haiti

In August a group from Ozark’s Teen Challenge took a group of their Emerging Leaders Program students and staff to minister in Haiti. They spent the week in Port Au Prince and surrounding areas ministering in churches, villages and even juvenile prisons. The trip was not only one that blessed the thousands of lives they impacted in Haiti but also was completely life-changing for every single person that was able to go on the trip!

ELP Students at Haitian Prison

ELP Students at Haitian Prison

Here is a quote from the Director Jake Lynch about the trip:

We had such a awesome time in Haiti, God used the boys so powerfully as we ministered. We visited one of the few juvenile prisons in Port-Au-Prince where most the young men were involved in horrible crimes. We couldn’t take cameras inside but we shared in 2 dormitories and brought the message of Hope to many young men that received Christ that day! We shared in every venue from large churches, ghettos and even mountain villages. Paul an OTC student said about the missions trip “We here stories of big crusades coming to other countries and thousands coming to Christ, but for us it felt like an underground movement that God is doing in Haiti, one person at a time.” We are so thankful for the churches and people who supported us to bring the Gospel to Haiti…one person at a time!

 

Emerging Leaders Program Students in Haiti

ELP Students ministering in a Haitian Village

How has taking students on overseas mission trips effected your Teen Challenge program?

ELP Highlight September 2013

ELP HighlightMy name is Carla and I have worked for Teen Challenge for 10 years since graduating the program in 2003. I knew at 4 months in the program that I would work for Teen Challenge for what I thought would be, until the rapture happened. I always knew I wanted to be a drug counselor but never dreamed of it being with a faith based program.

When I started out as staff, I didn’t know much and everything I had learned was just God and me. After several years, I felt I had grown and knew as much as I was going to know and learn. I had the mentality, this is how it’s done and that’s just how it is.

When I married, I married a man that always wanted to learn and knew there was more to what we do. He began taking ELP while attending TCIMI in Oregon and continued into Level 2 and is now in Level 3. He always shared with me what he was learning and something in me began stirring – drawing me towards ELP. It was remembering all that had been spoken over me during my spiritual journey and not knowing how it was all going to happen. If I didn’t know how it was going to work, I needed to be open to learning new things.  I knew I was called to Teen Challenge and I also knew my way wasn’t the only way. What worked for me wasn’t necessarily going to work for others.

I was doing what the Lord called me to do and to do that I have to remain teachable and willing. ELP is an opportunity for me to do just that, but what I learn helps me to be better at what I do.

Now I am in Level 3 which will take 2 years to finish. Everything I do is training ground for what God has planned for me. ELP is a part of that plan..I can’t stop learning and have to keep persevering towards what He has planned for me.

Emerging Leader Highlight

Name:  Felicia Franklin600104_100371393464195_567062038_n copy

Age: 27

Hometown: Mastic Beach, New York.

Testimony: As a kid I was forced to go to church but as I got older I chose the things of this world instead of doing what I knew was right. After losing my dad in a tragic hunting accident what I once did for fun became a way to escape reality.  I was a full blown crack and opiate addict by age 25. I had a college degree but my life was such a mess I couldn’t keep a job.   I knew there was more to life and God was the only one that could help me.

Teen Challenge Center: Fort Myers Women

The Purpose and Calling God has Given Me: I was called into Missions where my purpose is to reach out and help the lost and hopeless.

ELP’s Impact on my Leadership: I learned to be a servant leader. I have also learned that being a leader at times means doing the jobs no one else wants to do and doing them with a smile on my face and joy in my heart. Everything I do, I do for the Glory of God and with Integrity.

Level II Link – May

Welcome

This month we want to welcome Carl Johnson (Emerging Leaders College), Marsha Rice (West Florida Boy’s) and Eleonda Stewart (Women at the Well) to the Level II! Welcome leaders! We look forward to see how God will grow your leadership through the ELP.

Congratulations!

Congratulations to Pastor Bernie Foschini (Western KY), Stacy McLaine and Anna Spencer (Columbus Women) and Nikki Osborne (Women at the Well) for moving on to your elective track!

Core Courses

Let’s jump back in after our one week break from posting. I am enjoying your insights from From Dream to Reality.

Our next course starting May 15th is a 3-month course Values in Leadership and we will be studying “People First” by Jack Lannom. This course will heighten your appreciation for every aspect of leadership and will stretch you as a leader. Your notebooks and CD’s (for the auditory learners) will be sent from this office. Your first post will be up on the forum on Monday, May 19th. Looking forward to our journey in learning the values in leadership.

Level II Link

Congratulations!!!

This month we congratulate Kyle Brown (Prayer Mountain Boy’s), David Hunter (Oklahoma Men’s), Mike White (Jacksonville Men’s), Jonathon Cooper (Central Florida Men’s) and Carla Bottrell and Denise Freeman (Pensacola Women’s) who will be graduating the Level II at this year’s Summit! Leaders, you have fought a good fight and have won the race! Looking forward to see you at graduation.

All Level II Participants please register at the link to attend: the Summit.

Core Courses

I am enjoying our discussions on Integrity and hearing the different ways God has challenged our integrity these last two weeks. Great work leaders, you have done well!

Our next core course is Ministry Development and our text is From Dream to Reality by Dr. Jerry Nance. The journey that Dr. Nance, his family and staff have taken is captured in this story of God’s divine favor upon a team of leaders who were willing to risk all to do God’s will. In the text you will find the story unfold in 21 chapters, each one covering a different principle.  This book will inspire you to dream big, apply the principles found within the pages and motivate you to make an invaluable contribution to the Kingdom of God. For those of you who do not have a copy of this book, please send me an email and I will send you a copy. Your first post will be up on the forum on Monday, April 15th.

 

RESPONSIBILITY – Invest in others

Let’s recap, so far our acronym “Responsibility6225794911_36db2f373f_z
Recruit
Equip and Train
Spirit-filled
Praying
Optimistic
Next Generation Leaders
who lead Self well
Influence others
Buy into our vision
Invest time and resources

Invest is a peculiar concept because oftentimes we say we believe in something or someone but if we are not invested in that thing or person, it’s difficult to really measure the extent of our belief or the value we place on them. An investment is sowing – planting that which was not there before. J. Thorp says “leaders attract followers who are committed to achieving desired outcomes of an organization and therefore willing to invest themselves into the purpose” hall@wpc.net. In the same way when we invest in our emerging leaders, we plant seeds of our organization’s mission, values, vision, strategies through our time, counsel, coaching, training and finances to motivate them to achieve the desired outcomes of both the organization and the emerging leader.  John Maxwell on a Minute with Maxwell shared “when you sow, you don’t reap immediately and you don’t dig up the seed that you plant to look to see if it’s growing, you have to be patient.” Firstly you sow a seed then water it, nurture it, expose it to the natural environs and let it grow organically.

As the ELP Rep, I challenge you to invest (devout) your time, talents and resources in the emerging leaders to accomplish their calling and the organization’s purpose. In so doing we can create a culture which seeks to stimulate the growth and development of others, our organization, and ourselves. The greatest measure of our success is the seeds we sow through quality time and resources which we spend in building relationships rather than the harvest we will reap. As the father of servant leadership (Robert Greenleaf) asked “Do those served grow as persons? Do they, while being served, become healthier, wiser, freer, more autonomous, more likely themselves to become servants?”

“We don’t accomplish anything in this world alone…and whatever happens is the result of the whole tapestry of one’s life and all the weavings of individual threads from one to another that creates something.”

~ Sandra Day O’Connor

Blessings, Andree

ELP Training coach

ELP Summit 2013!

Emerging Leaders Program 2013 Summit

It’s that time of year again for our  ELP Summit! Our theme for the summit this year is “The DNA of Leadership.” We will be focusing on preserving the amazing heritage that our ministry has as well as ensuring that our future continues to carry the organization forward with the original DNA that we began with. We are trusting God to do some amazing things at the summit this year!

Dates: April 25-27

 

Check out our ELP Summit page for more information about the event!

ELP Highlight

Name: Stephanie Cabrerastephanie

Age:  26 yrs.

Hometown:  Clearwater, FL

Which Center/What Year did you Graduate:   Davie, FL / 2011

My Testimony in Brief:   Due to circumstances of rape and rejection, I started my teenage years searching for love in all the wrong places. I found a sense of belonging in living the fast life. Before I knew it, needles became the only thing I could trust to take the pain away. My life turned into a series of jail and rehab stays. Finally, after facing possible prison time, I was introduced to Teen Challenge. God cracked the walls around my heart and grabbed a hold of me with his unfailing love. I haven’t been the same way since.

The ELP’s Impact on My Leadership:   ELP has helped me to structure my leadership skills to be effective working in the office and with people.

The Purpose and Calling God has Given Me:   God has called me to be a beacon of light to those who call our center, and to be an asset to the administrative side of the ministry.