My experiences with the ministry were quite powerful and beneficial to my life then and since. There were some shortcomings in leadership and structure at the time, and it certainly had it's trying times - especially in my second year - but there were many amazing people on staff and as fellow interns. I personally met Ron Luce and Dave Hasz; both were genuinely kind and carin
Screen cap from You Tube. I am impressed that Lee got Luce to talk about the Honor Academy. What emerges is a study in self-justification and blame shifting.
Life Transforming Events are a part of the overall curriculum used by the Honor Academy designed to help young people develop wisdom, vision and discipline. Life Transforming Events typically span two to five days in length. Designed to cultivate and develop the leadership potential among Christian teens, Honor Academy interns come from across North America to participate in classroom instruction, practical hands-on experience, and life-transforming events.
This recent wave of critique and skepticism of the organization was sparked by an alumni blogwhich is frequented by hundreds of former Teen Mania interns. After high school, I spent two years working for this organization. After watching the expose, I debated trying to fly under the radar and not in any way implicate myself as having been a part of Teen Mania. I decided that I needed to speak up about my experience, not just in support of other alumni who are hurting as a result of their experiences, but also to shed some light on portions of the expose that I felt misrepresented my own experience.
East Texas ministry Teen Mania, often the center of religious debate and controversy over the past two years, decided today to end its controversial "ESOAL" program as part of its Honor Academy. The decision, first reported by the Tyler Morning Telegraphcomes after Ron Luce 's ministry gave the program a change last year after extensive media attention. ESOAL, or PEARL, would take members of Teen Mania's Honor Academy -- recent high school graduates or young adults who paid to attend the academy as interns and work in different ministries -- through a testing period often multiple days of grueling physical exercise, military-style instruction and designed to "stretch" the interns.
It was one of the largest Christian youth organizations in the U. Its primary program included "Acquire the Fire" events, described by one writer as "a mix of pep rally, rock concert and church service,"  that were held in over 30 cities across the United States and Canada each year. The ministry focused much of its energy towards its domestic and overseas mission trips, operated under the title "Global Expeditions".
For background information on these events and the year-old organization behind them, see this article. As noted on this website during the first series of "BattleCry" events, an effective response that carries meaning, and avoids helping Teen Mania to grow and strengthen their "BattleCry" campaign, must speak knowledgeably about what this organization is actually selling, down to the details - and then responds based on that knowledge. A strategic counteraction - as opposed to a reaction - on terms other than those set in advance by Teen Mania would avoid handing "BattleCry" organizers further opportunities to use the presence of a counter-protest as a visual, a canvas upon which to project their own manufactured narrative in which they allege persecution.
It was later announced in July that the new internship would be suspended for the academic year, with second-year interns participating in a scaled-down road tour called Go Teams. Extreme Camps was an annual series of summer camps that was held at the campus in Garden Valley, Texas. Activities included paint ballletter coursesswimmingteen extreme sports with honor from Christian speakers and musicians. The School of Worship alumni a second-year honor for Honor Academy graduates focusing on technical skills and spiritual academy for musicians.
Pages Home. I was just thinking about it, and I have to say, my Teen Mania missions trip was one of the most disappointing and damaging events in my life. I have never worked so hard to get something, and then been so let down