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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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January 04, 2016

Join Us In Prayer


Greetings from Richmond, Virginia!   As the first snow of the season began to fall this morning, our leadership team departed Richmond on a twenty hour road trip to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.   The 2016 year and TeenPact Season is finally upon us. When we arrive tomorrow we will begin a week of training with our 2016 […]

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December 24, 2015

The True Meaning of it All


Have you watched A Charlie Brown Christmas? It’s a personal favorite to enjoy every holiday season. All throughout the episode, Charlie Brown and his friends consistently misunderstand Christmas. At one point, Charlie Brown looks over at his friend Linus and says, “I guess I really don’t know what Christmas is all about.” Then in desperation he shouts, “Isn’t there anyone who […]

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December 07, 2015

The Preseason Kickoff is Here!


As we approach the end of 2015, there is much to be grateful for. Last week, Quinton recounted many of these in his letter. We are thankful for the ways in which God continues to use this ministry for His glory and our good and we’re ready to look ahead and dive into another powerful season […]

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October 26, 2015

Get to Know the Office Staff


  From left to right: Johnny Leifheit, Serena Walker, Stephanie Shanks, Paul Martin, Pam Minyard, Peter Martin, Laurel Morton, Quinton Cools, Macaela Bennett, Lily Shanks, Aaron Watson     Two weeks ago, we had our annual Office Retreat in which all operational staff of TeenPact converged in Richmond to review the 2015 season and, more […]

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August 31, 2015

Join us for 2016!


How do you top a record-breaking season? By opening registration with even more classes across the country! That is what we plan to do at TeenPact Leadership Schools – open registration with 55 classes in 41 states, and we are hoping that you will join us this year.   September is the best time to […]

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July 27, 2015

Support TeenPact through AmazonSmile!


There are many ways to invest in TeenPact. From financial support to prayer to volunteering, every little bit helps support our vision of Changing Lives to Change the World. Today, we wanted to share one of the simplest ways to support this ministry–through AmazonSmile, a charitable branch of Amazon, Inc.       Many of us use […]

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July 06, 2015

A Letter from the Director of Development


It takes a lot of people to run a nation-wide ministry like TeenPact. One of the lesser-known divisions of our leadership structure is the Department of Development. This is the branch of TeenPact that is responsible for raising funds that allow us to operate and grow. We asked the department’s director, Pam Minyard, to share a few […]

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June 30, 2015

Hall of Fame – 2015 Inductees


Vivian Davis Vivian Davis was the first employee hired by TeenPact and served as office administrator for over 10 years. She wore many hats during her time with TeenPact including handling donations, state class and alumni event registration (by hand!), and other administrative work for ministry. Miss. D. served as surrogate mother, grandmother, or mentor […]

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June 15, 2015

TeenPact Promotional Videos are Here!


This past April, we gave you an inside look at communications within TeenPact–the workings, heart, and vision behind it all. Then, last month, we gave you a behind-the-scenes look at one of the exciting projects, the creation of TeenPact promotional videos. Today, the waiting is over! It is time to officially release the video (which premiered on May 21st at National […]

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May 15, 2015

Season Update


Greetings from Richmond, Virginia!   I am sure that you all will agree with me that this 2015 TeenPact Season has flown by quickly! Four months ago Aaron Watson, Serena Walker, and I were gathered with the Program Directors and Interns in Oklahoma for a week of training, followed by a week of staff training. […]

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May 08, 2015

Looking Ahead


This message marks our 26th post on the blog! It is difficult to believe how quickly this season has flown by. We have used this platform to share testimonies, look ahead to summer events, and delve deeper into the heart of why we do what we do.   Thank you for following us! Over the next two […]

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May 01, 2015

Capturing Our Vision


The vision of TeenPact is one worth sharing. We are seeking new ways to express the heart of this ministry and promote the work that we do. (To read about some of our other communications work, check out this post by Quinton Cools from a few weeks back.) One of the most exciting projects that we have been […]

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April 24, 2015

We Couldn’t Do It Without Them!


Many behind-the-scenes logistics contribute to the success of a TeenPact class. In addition to the countless volunteers we have working in states across the nation, volunteers here at the TeenPact National Office make those important logistics happen. We have been blessed by several office volunteers who have given their time to assist packing boxes containing the […]

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April 10, 2015

Behind the Scenes with Communications


“Give people a backstage pass and show them how your business works. Imagine that someone wanted to make a reality show about your business. What would they share? Now stop waiting for someone else and do it yourself.”– Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinemier Hansson   At National Convention last year, I sat across from Mrs. […]

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March 09, 2015

Midseason 2015 Update


Greetings from Richmond!   Here in Virginia, we have experienced one of the coldest and snowiest Februarys on record and ‘cabin fever’ has set in for many as schools, businesses, and churches have been closed multiple times in the last several weeks.  As TeenPact is a national organization with classes in states from coast to […]

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