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CEO Blog - Our Core Values, Part 2

Posted on November 9th 2015 by Teen Challenge Canada
CEO Blog

Our Core Values, Part 2

Dan MurrayAs recorded in Luke 4, Jesus opened His ministry with a public reading of the following passage:

The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free,
to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor.

I can't think of a more apropos description of the ministry of Teen Challenge Canada. As staff, we are called to be the hands and feet of Jesus to help men and women find freedom from life destroying drug and alcohol addictions.

I have been discussing our Mission and Core Values. My hope is that we can work together to actually live these out, rather than simply post them on our website.

So far we have discussed our Mission and our first Core Value, which are:

Our Mission
To help people overcome drug and alcohol addictions and empower them to reach their full potential in society

TCC Core Value #1:
We are Christian
We believe that God is the catalyst for change for people with life-controlling drug and alcohol problems

Holding these in mind, let's move on to the second Core Value at Teen Challenge Canada, which is expressed as follows:

TCC Core Value #2:
We are committed to the addict
We believe that a balance of love, accountability and training are required to prepare the individual for successful re-entry into society.

This Core Value speaks to the Teen Challenge Canada program. We are committed to helping the addict break free from addiction so that he or she is no longer defined by the term addict. Everything we do, the reason Teen Challenge exists, is about loving and serving addicts so they can find freedom. It is about working hard and learning as much as we can about the realities of addiction and the best practices for recovery and aftercare so that we deliver the most effective program possible, providing that balance of love, accountability and training. We need to bring our best game to the field because we are committed to the addict - committed to their freedom.

This is largely about love and grace, as well as humility. Although manifested differently, brokenness is as much a reality for staff as it is with students - the ground is pretty flat at the foot of the cross. Teen Challenge Canada must be a place of grace where each student experiences - and sees modelled by staff - the love, grace and hope that is in Christ. Yes, there is a need for tough love, but the operative word is love. There is no room here for power-trips, pettiness, arrogance, lording-over, Pharisee-ism, or legalism. As a Teen Challenge staffer, you are called to a high standard of service that puts the recovery of the addict first.

Over the past two years we have reviewed all aspects of the Teen Challenge Canada program from Intake to Aftercare, and have sought to make some improvements. Some examples of progress include Program Standards, the Phase4 program, the Discipline Policy, Centralized Intake, and training and accreditation for our Counsellors, to name but a few. However, much work remains and in many ways this will be on on-going process of improvement. For example, some of our facilities require significant renovation to improve the living conditions for our students – which will improve retention. We also recognize the need for more staff training and development.

With God’s help and working together we can improve the effectiveness of the Teen Challenge Canada program so that we can increase the number of successful graduates - men and women who have found freedom from addiction. Thanks for everything you do in your role at Teen Challenge Canada. Whether it is on the front lines with the students, in fund-raising, or in a behind the scenes support role, it is vital and makes the ministry possible. Thank-you for your commitment to the addict.

Dan Murray, CEO



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