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Register Now! CEO Summit Takes Place This Month
It’s August 1, and that means AGRM’s CEO Summit is now just a few weeks away. This event will be held August 29–31 in downtown Buffalo, New York. Rescue mission CEOs need opportunities to gather with peers, align priorities, and draw on each other and the Lord for wisdom and strength—particularly before the busiest time of year hits your mission. And AGRM’s CEO Summit has been the perfect vehicle to do that for the past seven years.
Those attending will also have plenty of time for discussion, interaction, and idea-sharing—along with an opportunity to tour nearby AGRM member Buffalo City Mission. If you are a mission CEO, don’t miss this event—head to the online registration page now.
Note: The discounted hotel rate at the Buffalo Embassy Suites (Downtown) ends August 6. Please make hotel reservations by clicking here.
District Conferences Offer Great Regional Connections
All nine of AGRM’s districts will hold local fellowship and training events in September and October. These gatherings offer fellowship, training, and networking opportunities on a geographic basis. While top leaders of member missions are often able to attend AGRM’s association-wide meetings (Annual Convention, CEO Summit, DC Forum), district conferences offer an opportunity for downline staff to connect with their peers and receive training.
An AGRM representative (noted below) will also attend each meeting and bring an update on the association.
Hendersonville, North Carolina (Tom Zobel)
Northern Lights District
Toronto, Ontario (Jere Schertzer and Selena Hayle)
Commerce, California (Ken Peterson)
Deep South District
Live Oak, Florida (Tom Zobel)
Great Lakes District
St. Charles, Illinois (Jere Schertzer and John Ashmen)
Canadensis, Pennsylvania (Jere Schertzer)
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho (Ken Peterson)
Mesquite, Texas (Tom Zobel)
Omaha, Nebraska (Ken Peterson and Justin Boles)
To register for your district event, go to www.agrm.org>Events.
Deadline for Red-Carpet Events Just Two Weeks Away
The deadline for rescue missions to host Same Kind of Different as Me red-carpet events is approaching fast! Don’t miss the August 15 cut off. Dozens of AGRM missions have already signed up.
As the release date of October 20 approaches for the film, keep in mind that Same Kind of Different as Me tells the story of what happens daily in rescue missions in an authentic and inspiring way. This summer, audiences have rated the movie 9.5 on a scale of 1–10. Your mission can use the movie to raise money, recruit volunteers, and increase awareness in your community.
To sign up for a red-carpet event or to get more info, visit http://pureflixevents.com. If you have questions, contact Mark P. Fisher at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call him at (443) 907-2828.
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The following job positions are currently open at AGRM member missions. Please visit www.agrm.org/careers to view full descriptions and to apply. Click here for instructions on using AGRM's Recruiting Center to post open positions for your mission.
Advanced Relations Officer (Major Donor Rep): City Gospel Mission, Cincinnati, OH
Care Support Specialist: Light of Life Ministries, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA
CEO/Executive Director: Mission Solano, Fairfield, CA
Chief Executive Officer: Union Gospel Mission of Salem, Salem, OR
Cook: Light of Life Ministries, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA
Development Associate: The Path of Citrus County, Beverly Hills, FL
Development Director: Home of Grace, Vancleave, MS
Development Director: Open Door Mission, Glens Falls, NY
Development Officer: Good News Rescue Mission, Redding, CA
Director of Development: Rockford Rescue Mission Ministries, Inc., Rockford, IL
Director of Development & Community Relations: Good News Rescue Mission, Redding, CA
Donor Relations Coordinator: Jimmie Hale Mission, Birmingham, AL
Driver, Food Pantry & Distribution Center: Bay Area Rescue Mission, Richmond, CA
Executive Director: Career Cross Training for Open Door Mission, Rochester, NY
Facilities Maintenance Associate: The Bowery Mission, New York, NY
Facilities Manager: The Bowery Mission, New York, NY
Faith Community Nurse - Guest Services: Good News Rescue Mission, Redding, CA
Guest Services Assistant - Women's Shelter: Good News Rescue Mission, Redding, CA
Health and Wellness Center Manager: San Francisco City Impact, San Francisco, CA
Hearten House Director: Hearten House Gospel Rescue Mission, Auburn, IN
Overnight Supervisor: Hope Gospel Mission, Eau Claire, WI
Program Director/Associate Director: King's Gospel Mission, Hanford, CA
Program Manager: Central Coast Rescue Mission, Santa Maria, CA
Recovery Program Coordinator: Westminster Rescue Mission, Westminster, MD
Rescue Mission Director: San Francisco City Impact, San Francisco, CA
Resident Advisors: Hope Gospel Mission, Eau Claire, WI
Resident Assistant, Center for Women & Children: Bay Area Rescue Mission, Richmond, CA
Residential Coordinator_Cornerstone Manor Facility: Buffalo City Mission, Buffalo, NY
Shelter Desk Manager: Jericho Road Ministries, Inc., Brooksville, FL
Vice President of Finance & Administration: Milwaukee Rescue Mission, Milwaukee, WI
VP of Advancement :Water Street Ministries, Lancaster, PA
VP of Women and Family Programs: Los Angeles Mission, Los Angeles, CA
Women's New Life Recovery Program Case Manager: Good News Rescue Mission, Redding, CA
Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times” (Matthew 18:21–22).
Jesus followed this interaction with Peter by sharing what we now know as the parable of the unforgiving servant (Matthew 18:21–35). The situation was this: A king forgave his servant for what would equate to, in our day, a million dollar debt. This was more than any average person, let alone a servant, could produce for repayment. The king, out of compassion, kindness, and beautiful mercy forgave the entire debt, and not on the grounds of repayment either. The king knew this servant would never be able to repay the money owed, yet he forgave him anyway. At this point, the narrative is gracious and wonderful. What a good king!
But here’s the servant’s response: Almost immediately, this forgiven man found a co-worker of his who owed him just a fraction of what he had been pardoned from repaying the king. He grabbed him by the throat and demanded he be repaid the money owed him. When that man begged patience, just as the forgiven servant had received, “he refused and…and had the man thrown into prison”!
The point here is this: As God’s forgiven, redeemed, and reconciled, we cannot take the forgiveness of a bottomless debt from God’s hand, and then with our own hands demand repayment from those who owe us or have wronged us. While this doesn’t mean that we become a doormat for those who would walk all over us, it does mean that we do not live like the unregenerate servant who did not understand and appreciate the debt that had been forgiven of him.
Used with permission from Daily Devotionals, www.shortdailydevotions.com.
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