Men's Teen Challenge Mission is to provide men with an effective and comprehensive Christian, faith-based solution to life-controlling drug and alcohol problems in order to become productive members of society. By applying Biblical principles, Teen Challenge endeavors to help people become mentally sound, emotionally balanced, socially adjusted, physically well, and spiritually alive.
The program consists of Group studies, Personal studies, Bible study, counseling, chapel and work. New life skills and coping skills are taught to give men “new tools” in their tool box to handle the stress and problems of life. At Men's Teen Challenge of the Smokies we believe that the success of a changed life is due to the “Jesus Factor”. 2 Cor. 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
Residents follow strict rules and disciplines, but in an environment of Christian loving-kindness. Although you don’t have to be a Christian to enter our program, we do however challenge our residents to embrace the Christian faith and when they do, that is when their lives are transformed and they find true meaning and purpose. When a resident enters our program they are assigned to a coach (counselor). This coach is there to help them along as they battle the difficult challenges they face. Our programs have been developed to encourage our residents to cope with everyday life issues. Residents typically rise early and have little free time, due to a busy schedule starting at 7:00am for wakeup, tidying room, breakfast, devotions and then classes. The afternoons include work detail and recreation. The students have study hall each evening.
Why is the Program so Long? Overcoming life-controlling sins isn’t an overnight job; it requires repeated exposure to spiritual truths and surroundings. In fact, 12 months is just a start – God continues to work on us all our lives!
Program Requirements: Please see pages 1 -3 of Application to see if you qualify to enter our program.
Teen Challenge was launched in 1958 from a small office in Staten Island, New York. Pastor David Wilkerson conducted street rallies on "gang turf," meetings through which many gang leaders and members were converted. Through this program, many street-hardened young men and women came to Christ, allowing God's Spirit to transform their lives. In 1958, many people thought David Wilkerson was crazy to try taking the gospel to drug-addicted teens in New York City. Today, few of those critics are willing to question the success of the Teen Challenge ministry. Teen Challenge has grown to include over 200 programs and numerous evangelism outreach centers in the United States and 1400 centers in 122 other countries. All Teen Challenge centers operate autonomously.