Leaders develop leaders

It takes a leader to develop a leader – leaders learn best from other leaders. Emerging leaders want to be around leaders who have battle scars; who have actually been in the game and have a few blood stains on their uniforms. For emerging leaders to be seasoned, wise, and effective leaders, they need proximity to, and interaction with veteran leaders.

How do we do this?

  1. In Jesus’ day, it was common for leaders-in-training to simply follow the veteran leader around. They would walk together, talk together, eat their meals together, sleep in neighboring tents – they spent months and years living life with Jesus. The Scene_from_passion_of_the_christdisciples internalize the vision and values of the veteran leader in ways that served them the rest of their lives.  Although this sounds simple and time-sensitive, it was effective then, and can be effective now – there is no substitute for personal investment. Those of us who are more seasoned in leadership should order our lives in such a way that we can carve out time to invest in Gen-next.
  2. Mentor and coach small groups of young leaders. Mentoring and coaching curriculum like Start Right Mentoring are available to help in any situation. It is the responsibility of veterans to provide the necessary opportunities so the next generation of leaders will be trained and ready to meet the challenges of the future.

What is the best catalyst for a leader’s growth?

Make him or her lead something. After Jesus identified and invested in his disciples, the moment came when He said “Pack your bags, it’s show time!” It’s make-it or break-it time! It’s swim or sink time. He didn’t minimize the challenge; He sent them out like sheep among wolves. This is the real deal. The stakes are high, the possibility of failure is real and I’m not going to protect you from all risks. You’ve got to step out and go lead! We must hand emerging leaders an important kingdom baton, not a little make-believe job or a low-stakes challenge. Something that will make them feel believed in, valued, and held in high esteem. Something that will make them fall on their knees and cry out for God’s help; something that will demand the best they have to offer. Leaders live for high-stakes challenges; kingdom goals that make them gasp and gulp.

What am I advocating for?

High stakes leadership and Kingdom challenges. Provide opportunities, stand by our emerging leaders, cheer them on, help them solve problems, pray for them and coach them to higher effectiveness. Help them find their niche and reach their full potential. Whatever challenges Teen Challenge face in the years ahead, I hope we can face them with confidence knowing that we were wise enough to invest in Gen-next.

Article by: Andree Aiken, ELP Leader/Coach

Excerpts from the book Courageous Leadership by Bill Hybels

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

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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.

ELP Highlight October 2013

emerging leaders program My name is Jessica Jacobsen. I’m 36 years old, and I’m from Haughton Louisiana. I work at Mount Grace for Women. I’ve been a staff member here since September 2012. I graduated from Mount Grace on September 15th 2012. I came to Mount Grace addicted, hopeless, broken, and searching for more. Within a month of being here, I had a supernatural encounter with Jesus Christ that radically transformed me from the inside out. God has called me to teach, and I am currently the Dean of Students here. He has recently given me a desire to counsel as well, and I’m currently pursuing that. Without the ELP program, I wouldn’t have had a model to go by. This program, along with the example my leaders set, is teaching me how to be an effective leader.

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.

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.

Rep’s Link June 2013

This month my goal is to call a few of you and just pray for you and your needs. Remember the one thing that we don’t want our emerging leaders to forget is the word “responsibility.” We will do this by focusing on “training and coaching emerging leaders to lead Self well.” We believe we must lead ourselves well before we lead anyone else. Our next webinar will be held Fri, June 21st at 10:30am eastern. Please note the change in the start time (we hope this doesn’t mess with your schedule too much) but we want to honor Andrew’s weekend off.

ELP Level I Adult

This month our core course is Discover Your Gifts and our text: Discover Your God-given Gifts by Don & Katie Fortune. We will learn to recognize our gifts as well as discover why we relate to people the way we do, what aspect of ministry best suits us, the character traits associated with our gifts and typical problem areas for each gift“ (Don & Katie Fortune).  

ELP Level I Adolescent

The course for the Adolescent track is Building Relationships and we will study Habitudes 2 – the Art  of Connecting with Others. This book is part of a series; in this series we learn how to lead up – in relationships with those over us” (Tim Elmore). “Sociologists tell us the most introverted people will influence 10,000 others in an average lifetime, so how do we influence others? Do we make a difference in the world we live in? How do we add value?” (Tim Elmore).

Monthly Orders

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 to me (Google Drive saves it and I can access the info from my Drive). Wow! What a beauty technology is! Have a great month leaders!

Responsibility – Inspire Others To Action

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We are on the last three descriptions of our acronym RESPONSIBILITY:

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
Love the Lost

Inspire others to action

“Inspiration is the essence of valuing the people that you lead” (johnmaxwellteam.net). When you think about inspire you think about those who lift you up, motivate you, enlarge you – make you feel bigger and better than you are. What they are actually doing is not boosting your ego; they are helping you to see vision for your life. I had several persons in the early years of my life who did that for me: Dr. Mark Minott (my youth pastor), Rev. Clinton Hoffenden (Senior Pastor COFB), John Steigerwald (founder-Teen Challenge Jamaica) and later, Greg Hammond (COO – TC Southeast) and Karissa McCarter (DCT – TC Southeast). These leaders saw the abilities in me and, at various stages of my life created opportunities for me to grow my gifts and leadership.

I am sure many of you have similar stories of men and women who spoke into your life and created such a big picture that you were inspired to go and take action towards your future. Inspiring others to take action is not only for the work our emerging leaders do at Teen Challenge but also for developing their lives. Speak vision to our emerging leaders, help them see the big picture –  how they fit into the larger picture of the organization. What is the one thing that if your emerging leaders were doing it today would make a significant impact at your center and on their lives? Take the time to slow down and inspire someone today; it will be worth it.