CULTURE – Fight For It!

We have been experiencing change as an organization. As a leadership team we have been looking down the road and planning for the future, but before any of that could happen we knew that we had to adjust our culture as a region. It is time to align!

We have identified that we will have these values as an organization:

-Courageous Leadership

-Contagious Attitude

-Continuous Improvement

In the book, You Win in the Locker Room First, author Mike Smith makes it clear that culture is important and worth fighting for. He writes about coming into the Falcons Organization, ready to focus in on the culture from top to bottom. He spent time with every group of employee’s from the players, owner and senior staff all the way to the food service people and custodians. He said, “I’ve always believed that culture is defined and created from the top down, but it comes to life from the bottom up.”

I have always been a big believer that we all own the responsibility for the culture around us. I have charged many students and staff through the years to be “culture changers” or “to bring a good culture with them” wherever they go. Basically, we all own the responsibility of our culture at every level of leadership.

In a recent meeting, Brice Maddock, explained that our culture is defined by what we create, but also what we allow. I believe this is a charge to fight for our organizational culture. He went on to say, “We must commit ourselves to build a great culture – we must build it, live it, value it, reinforce it, and fight for it.

We get to be a part of an amazing move of God that is literally saving lives and restoring them. What we do on a daily basis has an eternal value. Own the culture around you, do your part to live out the 3 C’s and we will see God do amazing things through us all!

Article Written by: Dustin Nance

Source – You Win in the Locker Room First, by Jon Gordon and Mike Smith – Chapter 1

ELP Reps Link

WELCOME! 

This month we welcome Kyle Brown as the new Rep for Prayer Mountain Boys, Chris McKinney as the Rep for Fort Myers Men’s Center, Haley Lonadier from Louisiana Teen Challenge, Andre Hochlenert as the Rep from Western Kentucky Men’s Center. Kyle, Chris, Haley and Andre, thank you for answering the call to raise up Gen-Next!

Level I Adult

We will continue this month’s core course with, Boundaries and our text: Boundaries by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend. This course is designed to help our emerging student leaders learn how to have proper boundaries in their lives. Having clear boundaries is essential to a healthy, balanced lifestyle. A boundary is a personal property line that marks those things for which we are responsible. Emerging leaders will discover firsthand how sound boundaries give them freedom to walk as the loving, giving, fulfilled individual God created them to be.

If you have students who are working on their elective track, please update the “ELP Monthly Order Form and and Tracking Sheet”, accordingly.

Level I Adolescent

Our course for the Adolescent track is Building Relationships and our text: Habitudes #Habitudes 22 “The Art of Connecting with Others” by Dr. Tim Elmore. Habitudes are images that form leadership habits and attitudes. This book is part of a series of three. It will enable you to leverage personal power instead of mere positional power. We believe leadership is a 360-degree proposition. The leadership journey begins with self-leadership. We must lead ourselves before we lead anyone else. Next, we learn to lead up-in relationships with those over us.

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 andree.aiken@teenchallenge.cc.

All new applications must be in by the 10th of the month for students starting the 15th.

ELP Summit_Staff Day

We are exactly one month out from our ELP Summit_Staff Day scheduled for August 15-18 at Lakeside Retreat and Event Center. If you have not already registered yourself and your emerging leaders for this event, registration will close on July 15th, so go ahead and register here.  Look out for our final e-memo in a few weeks which will give you final details on what to bring.

 

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ELP Highlight

Name: Barry PendergrassBarrry Pendergrass

Age:   45 years old

Hometown: Montclair, NJ and Atlanta, GA

Teen Challenge Center:   I graduated the Jacksonville Men’s Center on March 27, 2016 which was Easter Sunday and I am currently serving as an intern.  

My Testimony in Brief: After struggling with addiction to painkillers, crack & heroin for 25 years, I found myself hitting rock bottom. I lost everything & everyone that ever meant anything to me, my wife, two beautiful children, home and career, not to mention my sanity. Today I have hope because the ministry of Teen Challenge has offered me a fresh start at life.

The Purpose and Calling God has Given Me:  I have a purpose and through the Emerging Leaders Program, God has revealed his calling to me. I believe that God has placed a special anointing on my life to help break the cycle of addiction in the lives of others by seeing the radical life transformation that I have experienced. I also want to thank you for all you do and keeping the ELP vision alive and strong.

ELP Highlight – Sept 2015

Before coming to Teen Challenge I had no hope for my future and was bonded to a drug Bill Roberts nowaddiction 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!

 

ELP Highlight – Aug 2015

Name: Joyce A. DavisJoyce TC AZ

Role: Kitchen Coordinator

Center: Tucson Teen Challenge, Men’s Induction Center

I was approached by my dear friend and co-worker Patrice Bloom to participate in the ELP Program for the Tucson Teen Challenge Men’s Induction Center.  Without telling Patrice, I thought, “No way will I participate in a program that requires hours and hours of study.  I am too busy and way too old to take on anything else.”

After speaking at length with Patrice, she explained why it would be beneficial for me to complete this course of study.  Well, needless to say, when I realized that completing the program would allow me to have a better understanding of our students and another way for me to serve in a “Servant Leadership” position.  That was the pivotal point for me.  I love our students as God instructs – without rhyme or reason – I love them and want to assist students and/or staff in any way possible.

I want to be the best “representative” for our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, as well as for Teen Challenge.  Completing the ELP Program gave me additional tools, information and Biblical knowledge to be a better Leader for Teen Challenge.  The program also put me in a better position to “step up to the plate” for Jesus Christ.  I now think about how I can help in any situation.  I have always been a “team player, leader & doer”.  But after completing the ELP Program I have taken the job of “team player, leader & doer” to a whole new level.

I am very thankful that Patrice thought enough of me to allow me this opportunity.

 

 

 

ELP Rep’s Link – June 2015

Welcome

Over the last few months we’ve had a few changes in Rep’s within our region; we want to welcome new Rep’s  Danielle McKinney (Pen W), Todd Adams (Pen M), Frank Carbonell (Tallahassee), Sandra Marotta (Southwest FL W) and Rachel Olmeda (Lakeland). Welcome leaders! Thank you for answering the call to raise up sons and daughters on your campuses who know their identity in Christ, their purpose in life and are ready to serve the ministry and the Kingdom of God. Huge responsibility, but with the Holy Spirit’s guidance we can do it!

Level I Adult

This month is the beginning of  the core course cycle with Knowing and Understanding ExperiencingGodGod’s Will and our text: Experiencing God by Henry and Richard Blackaby and Claude King (ISBN # 978-1415858387). God is inviting us to experience Him in an intimate love relationship through which He reveals to us His will, His ways and His work. When you realize where God is working, you can join Him in what He is doing. You will have great discussions in your weekly ELP meetings in this 2-month course!

Level I Adolescent

Our course for the Adolescent track is Leading Others and our text: Habitudes #3 – TheHabitudes 3-FB  Art of Leading 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 – and finally, we lead those in our care.

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 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 Kerry Pevey (ELP Admin Asst) an email at kerry.pevey@teenchallenge.cc. All new applications must be in by the 10th of the month for students starting the 15th. Come on Reps, get your stuff in on time, I know you can do it!

Level II

ELP Summit

Registration is open for the ELP Summit Apr 23-25. If you have not already done so, go ahead and register. This year is the 10th Anniversary of the ELP and we are excited to celebrate with you, our Emerging Leaders for aspiring to greater levels of responsibility within Teen Challenge.

Welcome

This month we welcome Dawn Gallagher (Pen W), Billy Crocker (Southwest FL M), Becca Price (Women at the Well, PA) and Justin Hartmann (Jax) to the Level II. I’m looking forward to work with you and see how God matures you and your leadership over the next few months.

Electives

Congratulations to Lisa Collier, Stephanie McGreevy, Kristy Sewell (Women at the Well), Hannah Larson (Columbus Girls) and Thomas Payne (Jax) for moving on to your electives!

Core Courses

Our next Core Course is Leadership Principles and our book: 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John Maxwell. Maxwell talks about how leadership requires you to do 21 Laws PICmore than one thing well. To do leadership well, we must do 21 things well. Whether you are a follower who is just beginning to discover the impact of leadership or a natural leader who already has followers, you can become a better leader. No matter where you are in the leadership process, the greater the number of laws you learn, the better leader you will become.

We will send you the DVD set from the office. When the course is finished please return the DVD’s, if not your center will be charged the cost ($299) of the DVD’s. Your first post will be up on the forum Monday, March 16th

ELP Highlights

Hi, my name is Courtney Hooper, I’m from Houston, Texas and I’m currently attending Courtneythe Columbus Girls Academy in Seale, AL. Since coming here, God has brought me out of my life of darkness and emptiness. He’s given me such an overflow of His unending, perfect love and grace and I only desire to give Him my everything in return. God has definitely called me to ministry in Teen Challenge after I graduate, and although I’m not sure what that life will look like, I’m trusting Him to lead and guide me as He already has been. ELP has grown and challenged me in ways that have completely transformed my ideas on leadership. It’s shown me what an authentic leader looks like, and has given me the ability to walk more steadily in following Christ’s example, who proclaimed that a true leader is one that gives away their life for others.

 

ELP Testimonies

Name:  Laurie Lusink   laurie

Age:   56

Hometown: Orlando, FL

Teen Challenge Center: Davie, FL

Which Center/What Year did you Graduate: Davie Women’s Home 2013

My Testimony in Brief:  After 25 years of marriage, my husband was killed in an automobile accident and I turned to alcohol to cope. Eventually the drinking took over my life and even eating wasn’t important to me. Gradually my health became so poor, that my children feared for my life and reached out to Teen Challenge, where I was accepted into the program.  A miracle was prayed for me, God heard, and restored my soul, health and family.   

The Purpose and Calling God has Given Me:  The calling God has given me is to stay at Teen Challenge, of South Florida as an ELP Vocational Intern in the role of Cook for this amazing ministry.

The ELP’s Impact on My Leadership: I have learned to lead like Jesus, be a successful team player, use the motivational gift God gave me to be a servant leader, and many, many other facets that have inspired me.