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What We Do
Transcript of What We Do
Adult & Teen Challenge is a Christ-centered evangelistic and discipleship ministry.
Evangelism and Discipleship:
These two terms define the core of our purpose and mission.
A restored relationship with God, through Jesus Christ transforms those who are broken into vibrant, free, and sober people.
This sets in motion the spiritual process that engages the heart, the mind, the will, indeed the whole person, in a lifelong commitment of spiritual growth as a follower of Christ.
This information is repeated here to stress the importance of these basic points to ensure that you capture them in your heart and mind.
There is hope for a person with life-controlling problems.
Sin, not drugs, alcohol, etc., is the major root problem.
The only cure for sin and its symptoms (drugs, alcohol, etc.) is Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ, living within a person, takes the desire for sin out of that person's life.
In discussing who we are, it is important that we understand who we are NOT and what we DON'T do.
Adult & Teen Challenge is not a medical or psychological model drug rehab center. A few Adult & Teen Challenge centers in the U.S. operate a separate program that is recognized and licensed by their state as a drug rehab. But this is the exception and not standard procedure for most all centers.
Adult & Teen Challenge is NOT drug rehabilitation.
Adult & Teen Challenge is NOT a drug treatment program.
Adult & Teen Challenge is a faith based ministry offering recovery services. "Faith Based Recovery Services" is acceptable terminology to explain our ministry to a secular audience.
This is going out into the community, connecting with those who have life-controlling problems. These outreaches provide an opportunity for salvation. Through testimonies and information about Adult & Teen Challenge services, people are given hope and an avenue for change.
Outreach ministries also provide an important outlet for Adult & Teen Challenge students to share their new found faith and hope.
Outreach and evangelism is how Adult & Teen Challenge began and it remains the essence of who Adult & Teen Challenge is.
Jesus befriended sinners - prostitutes, alcoholics, criminals, etc.
"The Son of Man, on the other hand, feasts and drinks, and you say, 'He's a glutton and a drunkard, and a friend of tax collectors and other sinners!' But wisdom is shown to be right by its results."
~ Matthew 11:19 NLT
Teen Challenge reaches out to "the least of these" (Matthew 25:31-46) as we go into the "highways and hedges and compel them to come in." (Luke 14:23)
The types of outreach provided through Adult & Teen Challenge around the country vary greatly according to resources, need, and local leadership vision.
Crisis and Referral -
There are currently 19 Crisis and Referral centers in the U.S. These locations assist individuals in a variety of ways. They often provide various outreach ministries as previously mentioned. They provide individual counseling, help with placement into the appropriate ATC center, small group support, jail ministry and in other ways.
Residential Program -
Includes four commonly identified phases. Your center may have more specific program phases or they may vary a bit from these but these are the common phases for the residential program. Their implementation varies from ministry to ministry but it is helpful to see the broader spectrum of the ministry.
The interview and application process often takes time. This process allows the applicant to:
Gain understanding regarding the length and intensity of the program.
Gain understanding regarding the Christian discipleship nature of the program.
Be evaluated for commitment to change.
Assist in raising sponsorship (in some cases).
Have a physical evaluation that includes testing for communicable diseases.
Make any necessary legal arrangements, especially if they are on probation.
Make any necessary arrangements to accommodate their extended residence in the program.
This is the beginning of the residential program. Typically averaging about 4 months in length. Students are under staff supervision and agree to abide by program rules and policies. Typically all 14 GSNC
(Group Studies for New Christians)
studies are completed at this phase. PSNC
(Personal Studies for New Christians)
curriculum is a required component of this phase.
This phase follows the induction phase and is typically 6-8 months in length. Some student boundaries may begin to broaden but students remain under staff supervision. The curriculum and policies vary from program to program. Training offered includes life-skills, personal money management, relationships, job skills, and GED classes. Many programs continue to utilize the PSNC studies through this phase of the program.
This refers to the full-time student's transition from the residential program to being in society again - thus "re-entering" society.
Re-entry is offered in some programs and can be before or after graduation. A few centers require re-entry prior to graduation.
In re-entry, students remain in Adult & Teen Challenge and are provided housing while finding a job. Under staff supervision students learn to manage their time and money.
Graduation or Completion
Usually after about 1 year a student will graduate or complete the program. A few programs have additional requirements that must be met post-residential program for an additional 6-12 months, prior to granting a student full completion.
This involves assisting graduates who have completed the program but have experienced relapse and require a safe place to recover and regroup. The length of stay and requirements vary according to the program and needs of the student.
This is a non-residential small group ministry offering a faith-based alternative to individuals who do not need a year long program and in some cases is approved as an alternative court-ordered recovery group. Lifeline utilizes the Living Free curriculum.
Stay Sharp is an Adult & Teen Challenge substance abuse prevention program designed to provide drug awareness for school students and offers a glimpse into the consequences that bad choices can bring. Along with a multimedia presentation that addresses substance abuse, Adult & Teen Challenge students relate their own experiences with drugs and their destructive consequences on them and their families.
Stay Sharp is a tool that is available for any Adult & Teen Challenge ministry.
The structure of the daily schedule varies greatly between individual Adult & Teen Challenge ministries. However, key components are present in every healthy Adult & Teen Challenge ministry.
is a work of God. We rely on His presence and power to bring about true life change. Since it is a work of God and not work of man, it requires at it's foundation - prayer. Modeling, providing the students with regularly scheduled prayer times and training on prayer is essential.
"We are not fighting against humans. We are fighting against forces and authorities and against rulers of darkness and spiritual powers in the heavens above."
~ Ephesians 6:12
In the light of this fact, Paul goes on to tell us to put on the whole armor of God and "Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere."
~ Ephesians 6:18
Chapel Service -
Includes two key elements:
Worship is a form of prayer that provides the students the opportunity of expressing honor and adoration to God and to surrender to Him as the Lord of their lives.
Group Studies for New Christians
(GSNC) is a series of 14 one to two week-long classes. These classes are typically conducted for 1 hour a day, 5 days a week. The students are given study hall time to do associated homework assignments. The GSNC classes are a required part of the Adult &Teen Challenge ministry. These classes teach basic Biblical principles and cultivate a knowledge base that will help students develop a foundational relationship with Jesus Christ as they overcome their life-controlling problems.
The 14 Group Studies are:
How Can I Know I'm A Christian
A Quick Look at the Bible
Successful Christian Living
Growing Through Failure
Obedience to God
Obedience to Man
Anger & Personal Rights
Love & Accepting Myself
Personal Relationships with Others
Spiritual Power & the Supernatural
Personal Studies for New Christians
(PSNC) is an individual study program and is a required part of a Teen Challenge residential ministry.
PSNC studies are developed around a specifically identified need in the student's life. These studies are organized in the form of a learning contract designed to be completed in 4-6 weeks. Class time should average about 1- 1 & 1/2 hours per week, 5 days per week.
PSNC learning contracts include these components:
Book reading and assignments
Scripture reading and assignments
Scripture memorization and application
Character Quality memorization and application
Lesson's - workbook type studies
What about the curriculum and classes beyond what GSNC and PSNC has to offer? We use the term -
Advanced Studies for New Christians
(ASNC) - as a broad category for all curriculum that is added beyond what is offered through the GSNC and PSNC curriculum.
Adult & Teen Challenge centers have all investigated and implemented curriculum to address the needs in their students lives. It is important for the students to know the facts, to gain knowledge of the information and truth, but the focus should always be practical relevance to the needs of the student along with personal application to daily living.
We have built an online ASNC library as a resource for what centers have found to be effective with their students. This library will continue to grow and evolve as we move forward. It is a resource for your ministry.
Please visit the site at:
Work Experience -
All students are involved in work experience while they are enrolled in the program. This may include chores at the center, job assignments at or away from the center and many involve micro-industry or other fundraising components.
Micro-industries and other means of fundraising are instituted not only for the purpose of discipleship but also as a means to raise the needed funds to operate the ministry.
The types and extent of fundraising activities varies greatly from ministry to ministry. Students will be involved in some way with many of these activities. Examples include but are not limited to: thrift stores, phone-a-thons, runs, golf tournaments, banquets, jewelry making, lawn work, car washes, woodworking and many more.
Work Experience is a critical component of discipleship since work and productivity are vital to our existence. Learning to be a productive member of society who contributes to the welfare of society is a critical piece of discipleship and recovery.
Character development and a biblical view of work are important components of work experience training.
Recreation is a part of the Adult & Teen Challenge program. Recreation can include a variety of activities depending on your ministry's resources.
Recreation is an opportunity:
for character development
to develop healthy social skills
to develop relationships between students and between staff and students
to unwind and have fun
One of the goals of Adult & Teen Challenge is to help students become "physically well". Recreation helps to accomplish this goal. But what about the other four goals of Teen Challenge to help students become: "mentally sound, emotionally balanced, socially adjusted, and spiritually alive?" A good recreation program will help to accomplish these goals as well. Recreation is an important part of discipleship in Adult & Teen Challenge.
Free Time -
Unscheduled or "free time" is part of every Adult & Teen Challenge students schedule. Learning how to manage this down time effectively is vital for student success. Free time, with no assigned tasks and potential boredom are potential gateways to relapse for addicts, especially when preceded by stress. Unstructured free time is often when some students are tempted to leave.
ATC students must learn how to manage this time in a positive way. They must take control of free time rather than it taking control of them. This is an important part of discipleship.
Free time can help students learn the importance of living a balanced life that includes a time of sabbath rest. It should be taught and modeled for them.
This is the core characteristic that ties it all together.
Peer-to-peer mentoring that provides Bible based counsel and advice. A peer is an individual who shares the direct experience of addiction and recovery or, in our case, a spiritual mentor who is leading the student to a relationship with Christ and a healthy Biblical based lifestyle.
For ATC to be an effective discipleship ministry EVERY staff member must see themselves as an important part of the discipleship process. It is NOT just the GSNC and the PSNC teacher or the person who preaches chapel. Each staff member is a teacher, a mentor, a discipler, from the staff member who does wake-up, to the work supervisor and the recreation supervisor. If we see work and recreation and free time as just "time fillers" we are missing some of the most important discipleship opportunities.
Every staff member is a role model to those around them. We can all be as bold and confident in our walk as Paul,
"And you should imitate me, just as I imitate Christ."
1 Corinthians 11:1
"Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity."
1 Timothy 4:12
By this all men will know you are my disciples?
The answer - see John 13:34-35
Here are a few ways that students benefit from the Adult & Teen Challenge residential program.
Students are able to separate themselves from the environment and relationships that have contributed to their life-controlling problems.
Students are in a structured environment which helps them to avoid the substances and behaviors that have contributed to their self-destruction.
Students enter into a loving and supportive Christian community.
Students are mentored by others who have walked the same path to freedom and understand the process they are going through as they grow.
Students are positioned to confront the destructive thoughts, beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors that led to their life-controlling problems.
Chapel services, Christian growth classes, church attendance, and Christian mentoring facilitate their spiritual journey to discover God's truth for themselves.
Students are given the opportunity to cultivate the life practice of personal prayer and daily devotions.
Students participate in work programs designed to teach a positive work ethic, responsibility, and taking pride in a job-well-done, regardless of the tasks they are assigned to complete.
Because some work experience projects generate funding for the Adult & Teen Challenge program, students are given the opportunity to contribute to the financial costs associated with their recovery through, providing a sense of productivity and dignity.
Students are given the opportunity to know Christ, to experience Him, and develop a growing relationship with Him.
Prayer Time -
Why do we have recreation?
It all hinges on YOU and ME! Sure we are absolutely dependent on the Holy Spirit, but He works through us, the body of Christ - you and me! We are the ones who model, teach, correct, care and love. We can be a poor example or a good model. We are dependent on God to help us be the latter of the two. As we make a conscious decision to give our lives for Him, we are channels of the fruit and gifts of the Spirit, modeling godly faith and character. As we yield our lives to God and allow the Holy Spirit to work through us we can accomplish much more than we ever could on our own.
5 Key's to
What We Do
that will be covered in this lesson.
1. Key Truth - We Proclaim
2. Key Principles - We Believe
3. Key Ministries - We Serve
4. Key Residential Program Components - We Disciple
5. Key Benefits - We Cultivate
Outreach and Evangelism -
There are 5 key Adult & Teen Challenge ministry areas. Most of what we do can be put in one of these categories. We will cover these in the next few slides.
Outreach and Evangelism
Crisis and Referral
Preaching of the Word of God
There must be a simple proclamation of the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Jesus is The Truth. There is no redemption or freedom without Him.
"And you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free."
~ John 8:32 (NLT)
"How then can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, 'How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!' So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God."
~ Romans 10:14, 15, 17 (ESV)
More and more of our Adult & Teen Challenge centers are offering this ministry in their communities. Each Lifeline ministry is unique, and adjusts to the uniqueness of their community and regional needs.
"Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God."
~ 1 Corinthians 6:9-11
"All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age."
~ Matthew 28:18-20