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.
At our recent ELP Summit Dustin and Janel Nance shared how we, as the bridge generation, pass on a culture of presence and relationship. “We have to look at the past to remember that we are a part of a legacy.” David Wilkerson built a good foundation for TC by going to those boys, partnering with churches, fundraising, recruiting and training specialists and providing a home of hope for those boys. Teen Challenge has to be about Lamb Chop evangelism; real meat and substance; teaching our
I was working hard and wearing the ELP DNA shirt and gave Timmy a hug! Thought you’d want to see me passing on DNA to our future leaders! ~ Dustin Nance
students to nurture a real love for Christ and a love for others. At ELC, Dustin and Janel creates a culture of relationship and living life with students. The decision to live in community meant they would live a transparent life before the students knowing the students would grow and they themselves would grow. “At the core of raising up sons and daughters is love. We love our students and we like them. They are our spiritual sons and daughters and they know that we love them even when it gets messy. We allow people to see the imperfect person we are, who love and who say “yes” to Jesus, and we teach them to hear the voice of God for themselves and to say “yes.” We want to raise up sons and daughters who are dependent on the Lord not dependent on us. Raising sons and daughters is not setting up policies for every infraction, it’s living life with people. The devil is not scared of dry bones (people following rules); he’s scared when there is life in them (people led by the spirit).
Characteristics of our Pioneer
Some of the characteristics of our pioneers are:
They recognized that they were not owners but stewards of the vision. Prayer was all they had. Frank Reynolds said one of his greatest fears was that “we would think we know how to do it.” Because we don’t know how to do it, we are totally dependent on the Holy Spirit. He is the only one who can draw people to Christ.
They did not put in human mechanisms to fix a spiritual problem. Jesus is the Program. What makes Teen Challenge different from other programs? It is the Jesus Factor. Jesus is the only one who can fill the deep void that our students feel. “We use God’s mighty weapons to capture rebels and bring them back to God and change them into men whose hearts’ desire is obedience to Christ” 2 Cor 10:5 (TLB).
Stop screaming from the bleachers and get in the game. David Wilkerson
Claude Mooneyhan (GTC) and Dustin Nance working with emerging leaders to build a section of the bridge at our Summit.
started the first Teen Challenge in New York, Mike and Kay Zello did evangelism on the streets, Frank Reynolds started The Farm in Rehrersburg, Dave Batty developed the first curriculum. They all had skin in the game and they went to work. They were exemplary leaders who modeled servant leadership and raised up sons and daughters.
Don’t lose the vision of reaching others. David never lost the vision to go and save those boys. Keep in mind the vision ahead “to put hope within reach of every addict” and work hard at it. Ministry is a heavy load and we as the bridge generation have a responsibility to be strong, to be a people of integrity and to believe God for the miracles.
Excerpts from ELP Summit 2015 “The Bridge, Passing on the Culture: Presence & Relationship” byDustin & Janel Nance.
We welcome Tiffany Benninger from Hosanna House as the ELP Adolescent Representative! Tiffany has a heart to raise up daughters and has already been coaching and mentoring the girls at Hosanna House using some of the ELP Level I Adult books and her experience as a mentor.
Level I Adult
This month our core course is Discover Your Gifts and our text is Discover Your God- given Gifts by Don & Katie Fortune. Knowing the motivational gifts (Romans 12:6-8) the Lord has given to the emerging leaders will help you to serve them better and not put them in boxes or do things the way we do.
Level I Adolescent
Our course for the Adolescent track is Building Relationships and our text: Habitudes 2 – The Art of Connecting with Othersby Tim Elmore. This book is part of a series of 3 books. It will enable you to leverage personal power instead of mere positional power. The leadership journey begins with self-leadership – we must lead ourselves before we lead anyone else and then we learn to lead and influence those around 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 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 Kerry Pevey (ELP Admin Asst) an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Blessings!