The Blog

November 12, 2017

Meet Our Founder

Vision is the art of seeing the invisible.   – Jonathan Swift   It all started a bright spring day in 1993 when TeenPact founder, Tim Echols, was at the Georgia State Capitol participating in an early morning prayer meeting. As the group said “Amen” that day, Tim shared the vision God had been laying […]

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November 08, 2017

Share Hope This Christmas Season

Imagine it is Christmas morning and you are gathered in the living room with your family all around. The smell of the homemade breakfast fills the air, the stockings, filled with treats, are hung on the mantle, the Christmas tree is surrounded by presents, and you are all sitting down with your favorite hot drink […]

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August 02, 2017

Welcome, Aryn Young!

TeenPact is a special place. Timid first time students can transform into charismatic leaders who inspire the next generation. As God continues to use the gospel’s transforming power to change students’ lives, we love to hear the stories.   Aryn Young has such a story. We are excited to announce that Aryn has been recently […]

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June 07, 2017

Reflecting Christ in All We Do

Summer greetings from Richmond and the TeenPact Office,   Several years ago, the TeenPact Board of Directors took on the task of reviewing the TeenPact Leadership Schools Vision and Mission Statement and documenting the Core Values that identify the purpose of the ministry. All that information was presented on the TeenPact website when we updated […]

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May 12, 2017

The End of the Season

James 4:6 shares a familiar passage from Proverbs 3 – “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”    Do you feel that God is teaching you a lesson every time you open your mouth? I have had that feeling often this past week.   As you know, we have just completed a […]

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March 20, 2017

Changing Families to Change the World

Many of you know that being the CEO of TeenPact is my second career and you also know that I spent over 28 years working for group health insurance companies over that time – in Los Angeles, Minneapolis, and Hartford, Connecticut. You may not know that I was a Group Insurance Underwriter, or even know […]

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January 30, 2017

First Day of the Season

Can you believe that the 2017 Season begins today?   At last year’s National Convention we began interviewing hundreds of students who applied to staff our 2017 State Classes. A number of last year’s staffers were accepted to serve as Traveling Interns. Four of last year’s Intern Guys have stepped up to be Program Directors.   Ever since […]

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January 09, 2017

Changing Lives to Change the World

“Why not? Why not believe that one day the most critically acclaimed director in Hollywood could be an active Christian layman in his church? Why not hope that the Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting could go to a Christian journalist? Is it really too much of a stretch to think that a major exhibit at the Museum […]

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January 02, 2017

TeenPact in 2017

Greetings from Richmond, Virginia!   One year has just drawn to a close and we are now embarking on the new year, and a new season for TeenPact Leadership Schools.  Every year we spend a lot of time preparing for the upcoming year and transitioning from one year to the next.  Documents need to be […]

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December 12, 2016

That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.

    Have you watched A Charlie Brown Christmas? It’s a personal favorite to watch every holiday season. I thought I might use this 1965 classic to remind us of what Christmas is really all about.   All throughout the episode, Charlie Brown and his friends consistently misunderstand Christmas. At one point, Charlie Brown looks over at […]

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October 31, 2016

Meet the TeenPact Office!

Hey friends!   This has been a big year for TeenPact. Our classes and events have grown in size, and we’ve heard hundreds of stories of God working in the lives of students from all around the country.   Our team has experienced several changes this summer and fall. In July, Aaron Watson stepped down from his position […]

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October 17, 2016

Our 100th Post!

On February 1, 2015 we revamped the TeenPact Leadership Schools website and introduced one exciting new feature, the TeenPact blog.  Since that time we have had 100 blog posts, hearing from National Office employees, Class Directors, TeenPact Presidents and other elected officials, and most importantly, TeenPact students!  I have enjoyed hearing stories of how God […]

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June 30, 2016

Hall of Fame – 2016 Inductees

Mr. and Mrs. Cocks have served on the TeenPact Leadership Schools Board of Directors since inception. They have participated and served in various capacities over the years – State Coordinator, Class Director, Treasurer/Accountant, Endeavor Event Director, TeenPact parents, Intern Selection Committee, and much more. Ever present and ever graceful, they have represented TeenPact in many […]

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May 16, 2016

Looking Back on the 2016 Season

Greetings from the TeenPact National Office,   The 2016 State Class season is now behind us and it was an exceptional year with programs in 41 states and students from over 44 states, as several families traveled from distant states to participate in our program. We had 2,760 students attend the Four Day classes and […]

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March 21, 2016

Looking Back…

Greetings from the TeenPact National Office,   Having just completed the first half of our season, we gathered with the 2016 Intern Team in Richmond to debrief with them regarding the 25 state classes that have occurred to date, and to have a time of refreshment as we prepare for the 30 remaining classes.  We […]

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February 29, 2016

What Is Leadership? – Part II

TeenPact Founder Tim Echols wrote in his book, Real Citizenship, “We live in a culture that expects very little from young people. In fact, our culture presumes that teens will be disrespectful, disinterested, and irresponsible. Thus it follows that our culture generally ‘under-challenges’ youth.” TeenPact is counter-cultural in this way; we believe in the capacity of young […]

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