Our purpose is to provide hope to the hopeless. It is our goal to direct our residents to the Lord Jesus Christ to find love and a purpose for their lives.
The discipleship training program is divided into four phases, each lasting two to four months. As the person proves that he/she can handle the increasing responsibilities of each phase, their privileges will increase. It is a highly structured program with a rigid daily schedule. Everyone is expected to obey the house rules and follow the schedule.
Infractions of these rules or schedule are corrected with writing assignments, loss of privileges, or extra work chores.
The first phase of the training is a two month induction period with very few privileges or responsibilities. The person is simply expected to follow rules and the schedule and to begin to understand how to seek the Lord.
The next two phases add some general household responsibilities which will add normal life pressures and cause the person to seek the Lord for help.
Privileges in these two phases include: phone calls from home and visits from immediate family (and pastoral or legal counsel) only. No friends are allowed to visit or call anyone in the discipleship program.
In the final phase, the person is in "counselor training". They will counsel one resident each day and make a report to the senior staff. They are expected to set a good example in the house and to learn to help others as they were helped.
Since 1969 over 20,000 people have come into the various Mission Teens centers. In our annual review, we hear from about 57% of our graduates and of those, approximately 90% are doing well. Also, roughly 40% of the non-graduates we hear from are doing well. Many have gone into Christian ministries, and some have stayed on to work in our centers.
Funding & Expenses
Mission Teens, Inc. is a not-for-profit 501 (C) 3 faith ministry. We do not charge for our services, and we do not receive any funding from the government. All of our support comes from concerned individuals and a few churches who are sensitive to the type of work we do. We do not receive any denominational funding (we are non-denominational).
Each of our centers is expected to raise its support from local sources.
We do not charge anyone for the services we provide. Our goal is to help people who have life-controlling problems such as drug or alcohol addictions by ministering the Gospel of Jesus Christ to them. We believe that the Gospel should be free to all.