The ELP is the K.E.Y to forging our future. The key to Teen Challenge’s future will be determined by the number of us who will be willing to follow the Lord and to be faithful to His call. If we would spend time with the Lord it’s amazing what we will see. Forge means “to move ahead steadily.” Towards what? Our future – “a time yet to come.” God is working on us for a time yet to come; a purpose yet to come.
Know God’s call
A Silversmith sticks metal into the fire, then they beat that piece of metal and forge it into whatever they want it to be. The process includes pain, it includes time and it includes heat. When we do our part, the Holy Spirit will do the hammering. We spend time in the Word and get to know God and He will tell us what’s the calling He has for us. It’s a process of heat, hammering, heat, hammering and all the while God is working on us until we emerge into who He wants us to be. If we are going to grow and if we are going to release, God has to knock some stuff off of us. Let healing come because God has a purpose for your life and it’s bigger than you can imagine and it’s more than you can imagine. If we trust Him and get to know Him and get that fear out of us we will do more than we can ever imagine. We must have vision – see beyond the present.
Embody the Vision and Values
The Big Hairy Audacious Goal (BHAG) for TCSE is to “become to life-transformation what Apple is to technology.” It’s expanding, being committed and having a spirit of excellence that delivers life-transformation across this region. The Global dream is “to put hope within reach of every addict.” Embody the vision and values of who we are, and these values will find their way into everything we do in the future. How do we know God’s will? The Lord usually doesn’t tell us the whole path and everything about it; generally it’s one or two steps – we see it, we see beyond where we are at now, God gives us a vision but we don’t see how we are going to do it all. We just say “yes, Lord” and allow Him to prepare us.
Yearning to Learn
We’ll never really get to where were want to be without studying. Proverbs 9:8 says “instruct a wise man, he’ll be wiser still, teach a righteous man and he will add to his learning.” Leaders are learners, leaders are listeners – we listen twice as much as we talk especially when we are developing relationships with others and winning people to Jesus. Listen with your eyes, listen with your ears, listen with your heart to what others are saying. Great leaders are always learning; seeking out new ways to benefit the organization, to better themselves and to move things down the path. We have a vision to put Hope Outreaches across this region and with God’s help we’ll do it. We want to go in and impart hope and reach out to addicts and to really make a difference. God can use us to be a servant right where we are at and when He is ready for the next step He’ll make it known. It’s generally already observed by others and they are the ones who will say “hey, I have the next step for you and here it is.”
There is always purpose in timing, there is always purpose in the pain and God is working in you and in the people around you. Learn to submit to the authority over you. The spirit of a servant says where can I serve, how can I be in your presence Lord and know You and let my life count? Know God’s call for your life, Embody the values that God has put in your heart as a TC leader and have that “Yearning to learn.”
Excerpts from the 2105 ELP Summit presented by Dr. Jerry Nance.
Before coming to Teen Challenge I had no hope for my future and was bonded to a drug addiction I had no control over. I was sentenced to two years in prison and I finally realized how much I needed Jesus. Every night I would get on my knees and just cry out to God and He was listening. He delivered me from prison and opened the Teen Challenge doors. Being here God has shown me the love, peace and hope that could only come from Him.
I feel God has called me to participate in the Emerging Leaders Program to learn how to be obedient to the Holy Spirit and lead myself and others to Jesus. I’m not sure where exactly He is directing my life, but I am sure His presence will be with me giving me the strength I need on my journey!
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!
Hometown: Ruston, Louisiana
TC Center: Shreveport, LA TC ( 5 yrs)
I graduated in October of 2008 from Mt Grace Teen Challenge.
I started using drugs at the age of 12, and it was a long, hard road. After 12 years of addiction and two felonies, I knew something had to change. I tried to do it on my own and was never successful. Later, my family told me about Teen Challenge. I came into the program in 2007 lost and hopeless. After a year in Teen Challenge I now not only have hope, but have new life as well.
After completing Teen Challenge, God put it on my heart to stay on as staff. Because of the grace of God, I am now Dean of Students and Teacher at Shreveport Teen Challenge. I am also one of the youth pastors at my church.
I believe God has called to full time ministry. And for me to stay with Teen Challenge and to also continue to be youth pastor at my home church and be involved in other areas there.
The ELP has helped me in a lot of ways with my Leadership. It has helped me to be a better leader. Not only is it pushing me to be a better leader but also pushes me in my relationship with God. It has helped me to be a better teacher, to be an assistant director to Shreveport Teen Challenge. It has also helped me become a youth pastor by training me in areas of leadership and Ministry.