Rep’s Link – Jan 2014

Happy New Year everyone! We thank God for the opportunity we have to identify, equip and train sons and daughters to identify their God-given purpose and live out their destinies in God’s kingdom. This month we will not have our ELP Revolutionized Leadership webinar because we are changing to a new webinar hosting software – Google Hangouts. We will be testing the system and making some tweaks so look out for an email when we start-up again in February (Feb 21st at 10:30am eastern).

Level I Adult 

We will continue with our 2-month course Knowing and Understanding God’s Will and our text: Experiencing God by Blackaby, Blackaby & King. For those of you who have elective book orders, go ahead and enter them in the Google spreadsheet and I’ll get these ordered for you.

Level I Adolescent

Our next in the Habitudes series is Leading Others and our text: Habitudes III – “The Art of Leading Others by Dr. Tim Elmore. Dr. Elmore quotes “sociologists tell us the most introverted people will influence 10,000 others in an average lifetime;” so how do you influence others? This course teaches the emerging leaders how to influence those in their 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 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.

 

 

 

NEW!!! ELP Store Items

Remember to pick up your ELP wears, Put Hope Within Reach tees and TC DNA tees from the ELP store. All proceeds go directly towards funding the vision of raising up the next generation of leaders in TC. By purchasing our apparel, you are helping fund our mission; To put hope within reach of every addict! 

New ELP Store Items

NOT SO WITH YOU – SHORT SLEEVE

This is a lightweight and very fashionable t-shirt – One of the core values of the ELP is “Servant Leadership”. In Matthew 20, Jesus is explaining this new concept of leadership. When Jesus said, “Not so with you”, he was telling the disciples that they were going to have to encounter a shift in thinking if they were to be successful. Later on in the same conversation, Jesus resolves this obscure idea by saying, “…just as the Son of Man did not come to be serve, but to serve and to give His life as a ransom for many…”

 PUT HOPE WITHIN REACH

Want to be a part of “Putting Hope WIthin Reach of Every Addict”? All of the proceeds from the sales of this shirt help raise leaders to spread the Gospel to the masses. You can be a part of this audacious task today!

DNA SHIRTS

Support the Teen Challenge DNA by wearing this shirt! Each of the strands of our DNA are designed in this unique double helix design. Get one today!

 ZIPPER HOODIE – (UNISEX)

Identify. Equip. Train. This uniqe ELP design is printed on an American Apparel zippered hoodie, which is the highest quality garment avaialble. Support the Emerging Leader Program and purchase one today.

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.

Level II – Oct 2013

Welcome

Welcome Nick & Rachel Aylor (Southwest Florida) and Rob Helfer (Middle GA) to the Level II! We anticipate an even greater impact as God raises up the next generation of leaders in Teen Challenge.

Core Courses

Our core course this month is Conflict Management and our text: The Peacemaker by Ken Sande. This book has personally transformed my life. Years ago, our leadership team in Jamaica studied this book together and it totally transformed the way we communicate and solve conflict. I’ll be sending you copies of the pdf workbook via email. Your first post will be up on the forum Tue, Oct 15th.

Remember to return the 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership DVD’s by Monday, Oct 21st. 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?

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.

TC DNA

At our recent ELP Summit we looked at each of the “strands” of “TC DNA” -where you see the DNA in our heritage, and how TC Gen Next must be carriers of this DNA into our future. But actually we can’t claim this DNA as exclusively ours. Study any move of God throughout history and you’ll see evidence of this DNA. It probably started with prayer, the Gospel was proclaimed, the work of the Spirit was evident, etc. You might have noticed there is an intentional order to the “DNA sequencing”… So this means two things 1) it’s best that we not attempt any “genetic engineering” with our DNA, and 2) so that Teen Challenge might remain a move of God, He is zealous to make it impossible for us to forget our DNA.Emerging Leaders Program 2013 Summit

The book of Deuteronomy is a great example of God making it impossible to forget something. The book itself is a repeat of what you can read in the first 4 books of the Bible. As you read through it several phrases are repeated over and over again, up to 40 times! Phrases such as “don’t forget”, “remember”, “keep” and “be careful” or “take care”. For instance, “don’t forget that you were slaves in Egypt”, “remember what the Lord did for you in the wilderness”, “keep all the words of this law”, “be careful to obey”… You can imagine people in the crowd listening to Moses that day thinking that he had finally gone senile and couldn’t remember that he had already said something…37 times. But if you think of the context of that day, no one was taking notes on their iPad or getting the mp3 downloads after the message, so repetition was the key to remembering.

We don’t have those constraints today, but while the Israelites weren’t bombarded by multiple media sources competing for their attention, the problem for us is on the other end of the spectrum: we’re surrounded by a lot of noise. Not only that, the challenge for TC Gen Next is that the spirit of anti-Christ is an increasingly formidable force in the earth bringing deception and distraction with it. This is why the Emerging Leaders Program must be as intentional, and repetitive, as Moses in cultivating the TC DNA in our leadership culture. So let us know when you feel like the ELP has become senile, that means our communication is starting to come through! So ELP’ers, don’t forget how the Lord led David Wilkerson and our TC pioneers these last 55 years, and take care to keep the DNA alive in your leadership and in your center!

DNA Descriptors – Click here to see the 7 DNA Strands

Responsibility – Love the Lost

Let’s recap, so far our acronym “Responsibility

Recruit
hunter.praying Equip and Train
Spirit-filled
Praying
Optimistic
Next-Generation Leaders
who lead Self well
Influence others
Buy into our vision
Invest time and resources
Love the Lost

God ignited a fire in our hearts last week, let’s keep that fire burning. How about starting your own ELP “Take the City” project or a “TC-HOP” (IHOP) with Harp and Bowl Worship and prayer at your Center?

When David Wilkerson ministered to the gangs on the streets of New York in 1958, he met Nicky Cruz, assistant to the president of the Mau Mau gang, who told him after a time of preaching and ministry “Go to Hell, Preacher.” But David’s response was “you don’t think much of me Nicky, but I feel different about you; I love you Nicky.” Nicky said ” you come near me Preacher and I’ll kill you.” David was moved with great compassion, gentleness and patience  and these words rolled off his tongue “you could cut me in a thousand pieces and lay them out in the street and every piece would love you” (C&S, p. 72). This is the depth of love our students need. Our students come to us because nobody loves them. Most of them did not experience unconditional love from their mother or father while they were growing up therefore they searched for love in all the wrong places. It is the unconditional love that we received through Jesus Christ that will make the difference in our students’ lives. Prior to their encounter with God, all they knew was conditional love but we can show them the unconditional love of God when they walk through our doors.

Last Saturday while we did our Take the City outreach, I realized how much the enemy is using drugs and lies to blind the eyes of people from receiving God’s love. When we invited one lady to leave her lifestyle and come with us to our Women’s Center, she said “I can’t do that to my “family” (other addicts). I confronted her with the question; “on a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the highest, how much do you love your friends? 10. When asked the same question about God she responded “I can’t say that, I don’t even want to say that.” Although she professed to know God and pray to Him every day, she realized she loved her friends more than she loved God.

As staff we have to model unconditional love for our students. As Christ has loved us, so also we must love one another (John 13:34, NIV). David Wilkerson came to the realization years ago that “they’ve (drug addicts) got to start over again, and they’ve got to be surrounded by love” (C&S, p. 60). Pray that God gives you a burden for the 250 million drug addicts all over the world and ask Him how we can bring hope within reach of every addict.

Blessings, Andree
ELP Training coach

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.

 

March 2013 ELP Level III Graduates

Sharon Pierce and David HubbardSharon Pierce – Women at the Well, Pennsylvania
David HubbardSonrise Ranch, TC Oklahoma
Sharon served with Women at the Well, Tennessee for 8 years before God called her to launch out and establish another Women at the Well ministry in Pennsylvania. As a new Director, Sharon says that the ELP Level III training came at the perfect time! She testified at the Level III graduation that every module was helpful in her preparation as a leader and in shaping the new ministry, however, the most beneficial part was the peer learning and the fellowship with other TC leaders. Sharon and her advisory team currently lead outreach and jail ministry, and are in the process of obtaining their residential home for Women at the Well, PA.
David is a Teen Challenge graduate and was an interim Director when he started the Level III in October of 2010. As can often be the case in Teen Challenge, it was somewhat of a “thrown into the deep end” experience. For David as well, the timing of the Level III was perfect; the content of the program relevant; and the shared learning with other TC leaders very beneficial. He testified at the graduation that the Admissions training alone transformed the way they facilitate this aspect of the ministry and greatly improved their tuition revenue!