ELP Rep’s Link – Sep 2014

Put it on your calendar to watch the next Revolutionized Leadership Webinar on Friday, Sept 19th at 10:30 am (EDT). I’ll send you an invite closer to the date.

Level I Adult 

This month we are starting one of my favorite courses Knowing and Understanding God’sExperiencingGod Will and our text is Experiencing God by Blackaby, Blackaby and King. God is inviting you to experience Him in an intimate love relationship through which He reveals to you His will, His ways, and His work. Through the biblical principles in this course, God can teach you how to:

  1. Know when He is speaking to you;
  2. Recognize His activity around you;
  3. Adjust your life to Him and His ways;
  4. Identify what He wants to do through you;
  5. Respond to His activity in your life.

Level I Adolescent

Our course for the Adolescent track is Discover Your God-given Purpose and our text: Chazown by Craig Groeschel. Chazown comes from the Hebrew word meaning a dream, revelation, or Vision. You were born with your own Chazown; do you know what it is?

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.

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.

 

 

 

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 – 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

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

Buy Into Our Vision

Buy into” according to dictionary.com means “to be in unison, assent with another” (http://thesaurus.com/browse/buy+into).   In our 19 Days of Prayer e-memos we have been looking at the strands of the TC DNA and what these mean. The ELP is intentionally drilling down to the type of leader (sons/daughters) we want to raise up.  Yes, they should be servant leaders, they must have the Teen Challenge DNA (Earnest Prayer, Dependence on the Holy Spirit, Discipleship and the Jesus Factor, Exemplary Leadership, Personal Responsibility and Faith) and also, buy into our vision and strategy, the EFIVE.

sky-diving teamwork teen challenge elp

The challenge of every leader, new pastor and new business owner is to build a team of staff who buy into the vision you have for the future of your organization” (Dr. J Nance – From Dream to Reality).  Dr. J describes how he got the first staff to buy into his vision for TC FL:

The needs of the staff were overwhelming, and I knew we could not take the ministry beyond the development of the staff.  The biggest challenge was earning their trust and getting them to believe in me and in the goals I had for Teen Challenge. Through those intentional staff days we trained, taught them the vision and I was able to win their respect through spending time with them and caring for their positions within Teen Challenge.  These people could be transformed into a winning, faith-filled team with vision.

He created buy-in through his exemplary leadership, teaching and coaching. How will we get our Emerging Leaders to buy into our vision? Dr. J’s response “we build leaders through relationship building.”

“People don’t first follow worthy causes; they follow worthy leaderswho promote causes they can believe in”

 – John Maxwell

Blessings, Andree

Emerging Leaders Program 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.

Responsibility- To Self

Let’s recap, so far our acronym “Responsibility“:

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Recruit
Equip and Train
Spirit-filled
Praying
Optimistic
Next Generation Leaders
who lead Self well

As you know, the Level I curriculum focuses heavily on self-leadership because we believe we lead ourselves first before we seek to lead others.  In this edition, I will draw heavily onHabitudes 1 “The Art of Self-Leadership” by Dr. Tim Elmore. Elmore says “leaders realize they are drivers – and are responsible for their attitudes and destination in life.” Being a driver is about taking responsibility for yourself and those under your care – taking ownership. “Individuals who don’t want to take responsibility have a victim mind-set; they are passengers in life.” However, when things go wrong, leaders are determined to remain drivers by taking responsibility for their attitudes, how they respond to problems and the direction of their lives.

Driving Pic

The role of the Rep is to coach the emerging leader to lead themselves well. Our student leaders are prone to fall short because they are not coached on how to manage themselves well. They have not developed the character to do what’s right even if they don’t feel like it, they are not secured in their identity in Christ and, in the busyness of life and work, our Core Values are not assessed against decisions.  As Reps, let us look for those coaching openings/opportunities to help our emerging leaders grow.  Identify those gaps in character, help them set SMART goals and execute plans which will move them from making excuses and default patterns to taking responsibility for their lives.

Blessings, Andree