Follow Me As I Follow Christ
Throughout his letters, the apostle Paul often wrote this simple command, “Follow me, as I follow Christ.” He didn’t overcomplicate things. His number one goal was to live a transparent life of pursuing Jesus that compels others to do the same. Here at Teen Challenge of the Firelands, our number one goal is seeing people come into genuine and thriving relationship with Jesus Christ. We cultivate these through a variety of methods:
- A homey environment and a family atmosphere
- Weekly chapel services, daily devotional times and an emphasis on personal prayer
- One-on-one mentoring and life coaching with staff members
- Work-Experience and service opportunities to give back to the community
- Daily Group Classes that cover topics like Anger & Personal Rights, Growing Through Failure, Love & Accepting Myself, Temptation, Attitudes, etc.
- Personalized learning contracts that help students recognize the root issues in their addiction – and learn how to apply Biblical truth to develop a lifestyle of freedom
- A structured schedule and a very specific set of rules and expectations
This journey is not for the faint of heart. Like a seed, buried deep below the surface in darkness, all of these unique ingredients work together to bring about transformation. Most of the life-change happens gradually – and sometimes painstakingly. Proverbs 27:17 says, “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” Imagine this picture for a moment – usually iron against iron causes sparks to fly. People don’t change without feeling the need for change. Truly transformational moments come when two people learn to push through friction, disagreement and/or disappointment. Through a steady of diet of grace and truth, students and staff live in community, sharing laughter and tears, frustration and elation – and eventually, we can’t quite describe how, but we awaken one day to find a new person peeking up through the soil.
The miracle of what we do is found in living by Paul’s words, “Follow me as I follow Christ.” Basically, we’re not perfect, but we have learned that Jesus is the only One who can restore hope, reconcile relationships and reignite dreams for the future. So, this is the life we live… daily looking toward Jesus and reaching back to bring someone else along.