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AGRM 2017 Annual Convention
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Tuesday, May 30

10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Northern Lights District Rendezvous
Calling all Canadians: Come and get a head start on the convention! We’ll catch up on each other’s lives and then talk about what’s affecting rescue missions and social justice ministries throughout Canada. Our time together will be somewhat informal but definitely invaluable. District President Michelle Porter and Vice President Peter Duraisami will host the Rendezvous. All meals are “on your own.”

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Registration/Information Center Open

Wednesday, May 31

8:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
AGRM Leadership Summit    
This will be a special joint meeting of the AGRM Board, district presidents and vice presidents, regional coordinators, best practices board, and senior consultants. With so many new things happening at AGRM, we will connect everyone to the association’s strategic initiatives and handle important related business.

8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Registration/Information Center Open

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
New CEOs Immersion Course    
If you have just started (or started back) into rescue mission ministry, these four hours of intense education may make all the difference in the world. We have a team of veteran ministry leaders who will help you with the essentials for ministry management, plus provide special insights from years of personal experience. If you run a start-up mission, this course is a must!

11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Tour Group 1: Dallas Trail Missions    
Saddle up to ride over to Union Gospel Mission (UGM) of Dallas and Dallas LIFE, two thriving member ministries in the Big D. UGM has the Center of Hope serving women with children, plus a separate property for single women without children. They recently opened a facility that provides healthcare for homeless veterans. Dallas LIFE operates the largest homeless shelter in North Texas, serving men, women, children, seniors, disabled individuals, and veterans, and has a 10-month Homeless No More recovery program. Lunch will be provided.


Getting Settled

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
CEOs-Only Exhibit Hall Hard Hat Tour
Even though exhibitors won’t be fully finished setting up, we’re urging the ultimate decision makers to get a first look at all of the exhibits and meet our business partners. (You might even be able to lend them a hand in their final prep.) Last year we had the highest number of exhibits in AGRM history, and we expect this year to at least match it. Getting an early run through the Exhibit Hall will enable you to make a list of must-visit exhibits for the rest of your staff.

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Strong Tower Prayer Room Open
Prayer is a big part of AGRM conventions, with prayer intercessors serving around the clock. This year we have added a self-guided, interactive prayer room that will draw on all your senses as it draws you to the Father. Stop in to visit the various stations, converse with God, and journal your thoughts. Check the schedule for the limited hours the Strong Tower Prayer Room is open. NOTE: Please enter prayerfully and quietly.

1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
First-Timers Orientation
If you have just started (or started If this is your first AGRM Annual Convention, head to this session to find out what’s when, who’s where, and why it’s important. It’s a fast-paced time with a lot of laughter, a number of giveaways, and a little bit of competition. Come meet other first-timers and leave feeling like you’re in charge.

3:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Wednesday Afternoon General Session
Our all-group gatherings are famous for from-the-floor networking, videos, rejuvenating music, and inspirational speakers. With Bill Butterworth and the group Two or More on the platform, this general session will be all that and then some.

5:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Chisholm Trail Dinner in the Exhibit Hall   
We’re eating dinner cowboy style tonight in the Exhibit Hall. The bean pot is over the open fire, and the cook has plenty of hot biscuits. Eat, mingle, and meet people—other members and exhibitors—who can make a difference in your life and ministry.

7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Challenge of the Districts   
The night’s still young! Dessert is still to be served—along with a hilarious helping of fun. We’ll first gather by districts and get to know who’s attending from your part of the continent. Then we’ll get back together for some hilarious game-show and talent-show competitions. Put on your district team T-shirt (provided on-site) and join the festivities. Folks will be talking about this night for the entire convention.

Thursday, June 1

7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Strong Tower Exhortation
Get the day started off right with words from the Lord, delivered by a leader in our midst.

 

8:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Registration/Information Center Open

8:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Strong Tower Prayer Room Open

8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Track Seminars, Group 1

10:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Thursday Morning General Session
Multiple messages will be coming your way this day as you hear from a chaplain at one of our missions, via video, and then take in two live TED-Talk style presentations. Of course, we’ll have the usual from-the-floor networking and music to start the session.

12:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Exhibit Hall Open   
The Exhibit Hall is always the best place for networking, and with so many exhibits, you're likely to find a lot of new products and services you don’t yet know you need. Check in with reps from companies that are already serving you. See what’s new. A lot of folks use Exhibit Hall time to debrief on things they’ve heard earlier in the day. Come join the crowd and grab some lunch, too.

2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Profession-Focused Networking   
Over dessert, meet the people who do what you do, only at different missions. Some of the longest-lasting relationships in rescue mission ministry are made during these special times. Ask questions to your heart’s content and share your insights as well.

3:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Track Seminars, Group 2

6:00 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.
Thursday Evening General Session   
This time will focus on praise and worship in several styles. It will also be used to recognize the accomplishments of certain individuals and missions, plus draw attention to the opportunities the association has going forward. In that regard, you will hear a State-of-the-Association address and a spiritual challenge. Expect a very different but totally inspiring evening.

8:15 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Exhibit Hall   
Don’t forget dessert! It’s down in the Exhibit Hall, where there is so much to talk about and investigate.

Friday, June 2

7:00 a.m. – 7:45 a.m.
Exhibitors Breakfast    
The AGRM president and board will host exhibitor representatives for a continental breakfast and some great, future-thinking conversations.

7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Women in Leadership Breakfast    
If you are a woman working in rescue mission ministry on any level of leadership—there is no specific requirement—you’re welcome to join us for breakfast and some heartfelt dialogue. You’ll find a separate sign-up for this on the registration form. The event will be hosted by several of our local leaders.

7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
The Heart of Man
We invite all men attending the convention to see a powerful, well-done teaching movie from our TrueFaced friends. This film will have an impact on every guy in attendance—and can have an impact on every man at your mission. Stop at the hotel’s coffee shop on the way in for some breakfast goodies and coffee if you’re not an early riser who has already eaten.

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Exhibit Hall Round-Up
This is your last chance to make the rounds in the Exhibit Hall. Go back and finalize a deal or meet someone you just learned about and somehow missed in your previous passes.

Fast Shoes

8:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Strong Tower Prayer Room Open
The prayer room will not be open on Saturday, so this is your last day to experience the unique whispers of the Holy Spirit in this special place.

8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Registration/Information Center Open

9:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Track Seminars, Group 3

11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Track Seminars, Group 4

1:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Friday Afternoon General Session   
Join us for a late lunch and around-the-table fellowship. We’ll stick with yesterday morning’s format and give you two more TED-Talk style speakers who are both powerful and pertinent. We’ll also meet, via video, another rescue mission chaplain and get a glimpse of his heart for the Lord.

3:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Track Seminars, Group 5

5:30 p.m. – Whenever
Independent Networking and Special Events
We’ve left Friday evening open to give you a chance to spend concentrated time with old (or new) friends you haven’t been able to get enough of up to this point. Additionally, many of our business partners use this time to meet and eat with their clients and prospects. You’re on your own to enjoy Dallas. Recommendations for what to see or where to dine will be printed in the final program. (The AGRM staff is partial to the West End Historic District, just a few blocks from the Hyatt.)

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Donor Dinner at Dealey    
Those who regularly support AGRM at the Pearl (personal) and Limestone (organizational) levels or higher are invited to have dinner with the AGRM president and his wife at the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza. Complete details will be sent separately.

Saturday, June 3

7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Strong Tower Exhortation
AGRM welcomes another rescue mission rising star who will give a stirring morning devotional. So rise early yourself, and come hear what she has to say.

8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Registration/Information Center Open

8:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Saturday Morning General Session   
Our final, all-group gathering will include breakfast, more networking, videos, great music, and a final exhortation from one of the most venerated pastors anywhere. This will be an excellent send-off for the return to your day-to-day.

Getting your Money's Worth

11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Annual Business Meeting
This last official meeting—required by the association’s bylaws—will open up AGRM’s books and reports to members. Led by the board chair, we will discuss in detail the specifics of what happened in various areas over the past year, and where exactly AGRM will be spending its time and resources in the coming year. Come and ask questions. Members have a say.

11:15 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Tour Group 2: Fort Worth Trail Missions    
Put on the saddle one more time for a ride over to Cowtown and a tour of two unique member missions. Union Gospel Mission of Tarrant County has an amazing campus in an area that—thanks to the mission—recently won Most Improved Texas Neighborhood. It is also the place where the story in Same Kind of Different as Me unfolded. The mission campus features three separate buildings serving men, women, and families with children, plus an excellent medical clinic and donation warehouse. The second stop will be Beautiful Feet Ministries. Their creativity is off the charts. The campus—which has a historic church at its center—is a gathering place for youth groups across the continent. Their buses and vans are always on the go, reaching deep into the city. Lunch will be provided.

AGRM 2017 Annual Convention