Participant Highlight – October 2017

Name:  Tyler Graeff

Age: 26

Hometown: Lancaster, PA

Teen Challenge Center: Orlando Men’s Center

Brief Testimony: When I was living in the world I was consumed with a lifestyle of sin. I was lost and broken and a door opened for me to come to Teen Challenge. While enrolled in TC, I rededicated my life to Christ. God began speaking to me, as He broke off the chains of depression and heroin addiction. I now live a life with more freedom, peace, and joy than I could ever have imagined.

What is the vision and calling that God has given you? – God has called me specifically to Teen Challenge to serve Him in full-time ministry. My vision is to serve in this ministry and help broken men overcome their addictions and pain through the power of Christ in me.

 How has the ELP Program impacted you? – ELP is giving me the leadership skills that I need to help me become the leader God has called me to be. I’ve also grown spiritually, as I am learning more and more about God’s perspective on leadership. ELP is helping me answer the call that God has placed on my life.

Prayer, Evangelism & The Holy Spirit

This month was a time of thankfulness for our country and for those that helped establish it; we will always be grateful for our Founding Fathers and for the role that they played in making our country great.

Another great founder that we are all so thankful for is David Wilkerson. According to Merriam Webster, a founder is an originator of an institution or movement. I am grateful that God chose a man like Wilkerson to be the originator of Teen Challenge. It was God’s idea but He placed it in Wilkerson’s head and, thankfully, he was obedient to the call- the crazy, impractical, startling and even bewildering call. This was a call that could have very well led to death but God went before Wilkerson and gave him great favor…you know the rest of the story.

I am challenged today to heed to the foundational ideas that Wilkerson had when the ministry of Teen Challenge began. Wilkerson was walking in purity before God; he listened to God and obeyed and he depended on three things:

Evangelism. This is where Wilkerson started- sharing the Good News of the Gospel. He believed it was the only message that could make a difference in the lives of the gang members he was ministering to.

Prayer. It was the thing that Wilkerson depended on to hear God’s voice and to receive Praying Wilkersonthe strength he needed for obedience. It was also the only way that addicts and gang members were going to receive deliverance. There was no other way.

The Holy Spirit. Without the help and guidance of the Holy Spirit, the ministry that God called Wilkerson to would have been fruitless. Wilkerson needed the Holy Spirit to go before him, to work in the lives of the hurting and to permanently change the hearts of those he was ministering to.

After almost 60 years, nothing has changed. In order to have any degree of success in what we do, we need to continue to give the powerful Gospel message, we need to be people of prayer for strength, guidance and power and we need to depend on the Holy Spirit to change the hearts of men and women.

David Wilkerson was a great man but he would have been the first to admit that he was imperfect. He would point us directly to the One who is perfect- the one who gives us all that we need to do all that He calls us to do. As we share the Good News, bathe all that we do in prayer and depend on the Holy Spirit, God will continue to make this ministry fruitful for His glory!

The Best is Yet to Come, in Christ,

Brice Maddock, COO, Teen Challenge Southeast

Level II – April 2016

Congratulations! 

Congratulations Sean Lee for completing the Level 2! 

Core Courses

Our next core course is Ministry Development and our text: From Dream to Reality. dream to reality book coverWe’ll read a little of the history of TC Southeast as Dr. Jerry Nance shares the early years of developing the ministry. This book reveals the principles that evolved during the building years of the organization. You’ll learn principles such as:

  • The leader must hear from God
  • Pray Hard, Work Hard, Then Pray God Blesses Your Work
  • Cherish and Celebrate Victories along the Way
  • You Can Fund Your Vision
  • Learn to Laugh and much more…

You can see your dream become a reality as you apply these principles and as you stay faithful to the dream in your heart. Don’t quit short of what God has put in your heart to accomplish. God has a master plan for your life and He has endowed you with the gifts and talents to accomplish what He has called you to do.

Your first post will be up on the forum Monday, April 18th. You’ll make an initial post and respond to someone’s post.

Level II – Feb 2016

Welcome

This month we welcome Rhome Smith and Sean Soltero (Central FL Men’s) to the Level II!. Both leaders are graduates of Teen Challenge and TCIMI. Welcome guys! The Lord will grow your leadership and ask you to come up higher. Looking forward to walk this journey with you.

Core Courses

We are studying the course Practical Christianity and our text: Ordering Your Private World by Gordon MacDonald.

The values of our Western culture inclines us to believe that the busy, publicly-active person in ministry is also the most spiritual.  This course will guide you through practical spiritual disciplines which will assist in facing the daily challenges of being a disciple of Christ.  Topics include: prayer, journaling, and being a good steward of time and resources.  This course will help you draw attention to the difference between “knowing truth” and “living truth.” Print and fill-in your study guide as you go through the chapters. This will be graded at the end of the course.

Your first post will be up on the forum Monday, February 15th. You’ll make an initial post and respond to someone’s post.

Level II – July 2015

Core Courses

Our next Core Course is Ministry Development and our text: From Dream to Reality by Dr. Jerry Nance. Dr. J outlines 21 principles for us to move our dreams from just a dream – to reality. The leader must hear from God, Pray hard, work hard and then pray God blesses your work, cherish and celebrate victories along the way, learning to laugh and much more.  Some of you should have a copy of this book but if you don’t email me at andree.aiken@teenchallenge.cc and I’ll mail one to you.

Your first post for this course will be up on the forum Monday, July 20th. You’ll make an initial post and then respond to someone’s post.

 

ELP Highlight

My name is Monica Brown. I am an intern at The Bridge Teen Challenge and have been in ELP for several months. Since being in ELP, I have learned many things. It has helped meMonica Brown see where I am spiritually and how to grow in my relationship with God. I have learned many tools and ways to be a good leader and server of God. ELP has shown me the kind of person I want to be in my ministry and what areas I would best be able to serve as well. It has also given me motivation in my walk to know who I am as a leader in Christ and in Teen Challenge. I have learned how to have compassion and love for others in need and women who come into Teen Challenge. My love relationship I have been able to build with God has helped me love others. I have learned that God is number one no matter what. Being a leader in Teen Challenge you can’t be selfish, prideful, or have no fear. You must be willing to work together with others at being a team and having a vision to accomplish anything. ELP has helped me grow so much as a student, an intern, a woman of God, a mother, and in my life. My life now will be to lead like Jesus.

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 Highlights – June 2014

My name is Cailee Dean and I am currently a student at Women at the Well in Athens, TN. God delivered  me from a 9 Cailee Dean WATWyear battle with self-mutilation. I was in and out of psychiatric facilities for 8 years. Doctors told me I was crazy and I would end up killing myself, but God had a different plan. He delivered me from death’s grip and has set me free. I believe God is leading me to youth ministry of some kind.  I desire to minister hope to teens and young adults who are struggling with self-mutilation and depression.

ELP has taught me how to be a godly leader and has given me the tools to walk in and carry out God’s calling on my life.

ELP Highlights

Name: Jennifer Seipel Poe

Age:   340

Hometown: Olin, North Carolina

Teen Challenge Center: Oklahoma

Which Center/What Year did you Graduate: Ft. Myers Women/ 2012

My Testimony in Brief: When I came to Teen Challenge I was desperate for true love.  I had sought love in drugs, food and men for many years.  In Teen Challenge I found the true love that I had been looking for in Jesus.  

The Purpose and Calling God has Given Me:  I feel called to work with adolescent girls and am excited about the door that God has opened for me through ELP .  I hope that by sharing the love of Jesus with others I can help them experience the true freedom that I have found in Him.

The ELP’s Impact on My Leadership: ELP has been a vehicle for placing me in my calling. Thanks to my level 1 ELP classes and the guidance and support of my ELP rep, I am transitioning into an awesome opportunity in Teen Challenge Ministry where I will be working with adolescent girls.