Character & Leadership
Developing important life and leadership skills
Character and leadership skills are developed as clients work their way through fourteen group studies (GSNC) and seven customized individual learning units (PACE). During this time clients participate in about 3-4 hours of classroom study every day.
Group Studies for New Christians (GSNC)
Group Studies for New Christians is composed of 14 learning units. Each unit takes about 3 weeks to complete.
- Growing Through Failure
- Christian Practices
- Anger and Personal Rights
- Love and Accepting Myself
- Personal Relationships with Others
Personal Accelerated Christian Education (PACE)
Clients must also complete a customized individual program called 'PACE'. Guided by his teacher/counsellor, the client decides which units would best benefit him and signs an accountability contract promising to complete the units.
- Self-image and Identity
- Spiritual growth
- Future plans and next steps
Teen Challenge has entered into a partnership with Emmanuel Bible College, to benefit the TC clients who have a calling and commitment to Christian service, through the provision of ministry training and higher education. This partnership provides graduates of the Teen Challenge Program, who have successfully participated in its intensive rehabilitation and discipleship program, with the opportunity of a reduction in the costs of certain programs and courses at Emmanuel Bible College.
The Northern Ontario Men's Centre will assist those in the program who struggle academically by gearing the material to their academic level. For example, some courses are available as audio files for clients who have difficulty reading and clients often help each other with note taking or by tutoring the materials.
Character and leadership skills are also developed in very hands-on ways such as by volunteering to serve people in need. Sometimes clients help move furniture and office equipment, or gather and distribute toys and food to less fortunate families at Christmas, or rake leaves and cut grass for the elderly.
At various times throughout the year, those in the program participate in Men's Bible retreats such as the Spring Bay Men's retreat on Manitoulin Island and the All Tribes Christian Camp located on St. Joseph's Island. These retreats are an opportunity for the men to grow and be encouraged by other established Christian men in the community.