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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.
Check out our newest ELP store item! We have Black and Orange ELP pens now available for purchase. These are great items to get all of your Emerging Leaders at your local Teen Challenge program. Click on the image above to go to the ELP Online store and place your order today!
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).
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!
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!
“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.
“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”
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!
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.
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.