Validating Our Outcomes

For the last 30 years or more, I have heard leaders in Teen Challenge struggle to define the valid outcomes of our program. We are often asked, “What is your success rate?” Donors, foundations, business leaders, and government officials are more concerned with the outcomes of a treatment program today than ever before. People are…

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Staying the Course

As we celebrate the 60th anniversary of Teen Challenge this year, we can’t help but look back at those who have gone before us and paved the way. We are so thankful for the hundreds of directors and staff who have held true to the values on which this ministry was built. These faithful leaders invested…

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Organizational Clarity

Jesus, the greatest communicator who ever lived, amazed listeners with His clarity. His words—timely and truthful—came from a heart of compassion modeled in His life. In Matthew 7:28, 29 we read, “When Jesus finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching because he taught as one who had the authority and not…

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Reaching an Ever-Changing Society with HOPE

I continue to feel the deep conviction to put hope within reach of every addict and cannot make it through a day without sharing this vision with others. I pray, dream, and strive towards our goal and mission to reach every addict – in every nation! With the challenge of norms and values changing every day,…

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Recovery for Life!

For years, I have heard professionals say that relapse is a part of recovery. I have read countless articles from the addiction field that confirm that recidivism is a norm in recovery. When I read my Bible, 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV) says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come. The old…

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What Makes the Difference?

This is a question I am often asked when I talk about the life-transforming program of Teen Challenge. Our program works! Lives are changed, hope is renewed, and new creations walk out the doors of our program and have done so for 60 years. That is an amazing history!   So, what makes the difference?…

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This Year We Celebrate 60 Years of Transforming Lives!

This year marks the 60thanniversary of Teen Challenge. Wow. Six decades of men and women following the calling in their hearts to launch life-changing, Christ-centered programs around the world!   There’s a lot to reflect on:   Hundreds-of-thousands of men, women, boys, and girls have graduated from our programs with transformed lives Countless families have…

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What is Teen Challenge’s Theory of Change?

Our Theory of Change? I’m asked about this often from both our supporters and from family members interested in placing their loved ones in our care. My first response to this question is that we always depend on the power of Christ to change an addict’s life. His redemptive love is not only responsible for…

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Moving Forward with Intention

Everything that happens in our world starts with intention – the plan or determination to act in some way. As leaders, it’s our responsibility to set intentions for ourselves and understand the intentions of those who work around us. That’s not always an easy task. If you have been in ministry for any period of…

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A New Year–Our New Opportunity

A New Year–Our New Opportunity As we come into a new year, we are often drawn to reflection and thoughts of the previous year and the challenges facing us in the new year. We typically become introspective and focus on changing activities, disciplines, or behaviors that we believe will improve our quality of life. It…

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