A Day in the Life of a Teen Challenge Student
Our Discipleship Program – A Holistic Approach
We believe Jesus Christ is the answer to man’s need for redemption and wholeness: body, soul and spirit. (1 Thessalonians 5:23)
Christ must be the foundation of our life. As we grow spiritually closer in our relationship with Jesus Christ, He transforms us from the inside out. He must be the Foundation Stone.
With our strong emphasis on biblical studies, we help our students’ minds to become clear in disciplining them to think and learn again. Students are given help with their G.E.D. if needed. Career guidance and vocational training are available.
Students find out who they are in Christ and learn that their confidence is in Him. Through biblical counseling and prayer they receive healing from their old hurts.
Living in close quarters with others has a way of revealing shortcomings. They will learn a sensitivity to the feelings of others and how to face and resolve conflicts when they arise.
With a set schedule of work in the afternoon, they learn to have a good work ethic. There is also time for exercise and group sports. Any minor dental or medical issues they might have will be addressed while they are in the program through community resources.
Probationary Phase (4-6 weeks)
The focus of this phase is to see the students acknowledge the Lordship of Jesus in their life. This will be evidenced by their confession of Jesus Christ as their Savior, a willingness to obey those in authority, and a teachable spirit.
Induction Phase (3 months)
This is the beginning of the intense Christian life training that the student receives. Having submitted their lives to the Lord and His servants who watch over them they can now begin to be trained in their faith in Christ.
Training Phase (9 months)
The focus of this phase is like the Induction Phase only with increasing responsibilities and privileges. There are increasing opportunities to share their faith with others and, in more controlled settings, to practice their faith in Christ. There are three levels to the Training Phase.
Re-Entry Phase (3 months)
The Re-Entry Phase is the final phase of the residential portion of the program. They have met and cleared with staff their exit plan of school, work, home church, etc. and should be looking for full time work, establishing a financial budget and saving to have enough money to move out when the time comes and whatever else their plan calls for.
Follow-Up Phase (6-12 months)
No longer living at the center, the student has made the transition back to their community. The minimal requirements in this phase are relational and supportive in nature. Graduation occurs after this phase and the staff has verified that they have maintained their relationship with the Lord.