AGRM Publications

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Street Smart

Street Smart: September 1, 2017

Buffalo hosts AGRM’s CEO Summit; AGRM continues to provide updates in Harvey’s aftermath; AGRM’s Snapshot Survey moves to January; connection exists between mental health and financial health; opioid deaths reach an all-time high

Street Smart: August 15, 2017

Reminder to register for CEO Summit and district conferences; continue praying for Whiteclay, Nebraska; last day to sign up for Same Kind of Different as Me red-carpet events; lack of ID keeps homeless people from seeking help; religion is a predictor of how Americans see poverty

Street Smart; August 1, 2017

Register now—CEO Summit takes place this month; district conferences offer great regional connections; police department comment about homeless people causes debate; alcohol consumption frequency affects diabetes risk; home nursing visits help moms and kids long-term

Street Smart: July 17, 2017

AGRM president to address attendees at NAEH; reminder to register for CEO Summit and District Conferences; missions represented at Capitol Hill panel on charitable giving; ECFA warns GuideStar regarding “hate” labels; life purpose leads to better sleep

Street Smart: July 3, 2017

AGRM invited to meet with HHS Secretary Tom Price; association board meets to discuss values, mission, vision, and branding; executive leaders invited to CEO Summit in Buffalo; homeless college students more common than most believe; majority uninformed and unprepared for long-term care

Street Smart: June 1, 2017

Howdy y’all: Greetings from Dallas; attendees share what they love about AGRM’s convention; homeless men become heroes after Manchester bombing; Agriculture Department changes school lunch guidelines; just seeing someone use cocaine can cause cravings

Street Smart: May 1, 2017

AGRM introduces digital memberships; convention registration rates increase May 10; convention hotel at 114 percent of contracted room block; app helps businesses curb food waste and fight hunger; Millennials feel good about ministry donations

Street Smart: April 17, 2017

AGRM’s website and magazine receive awards; convention hotel at 105 percent of contracted room block; AGRM provides training in Pine Ridge; April is Senior Hunger Awareness Month; Christians remain world’s largest religious group

Street Smart: April 3, 2017

2017 Annual Convention includes unique features; big membership announcement coming May 1; dates and locations set for all fall district conferences; new painkiller won’t get users high; Americans worry more about hunger and homelessness

Rescue Magazine

Rescue Magazine: January/February 2015

Cover Story: A Climate of Security and Peace (by Dick Druary)

Rescue Magazine: January/February 2014

Cover Story: Homeless Youth: An Overlooked Population (by Alice Colegrove)

Rescue Magazine- 2011 May/June

Rescue Magazine- 2011 May/June

Executive Session: On Behalf of the Conquered

I just drove away from Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and an all-day meeting of 15 influential leaders of the Oglala Lakota Nation. While sitting beside and across from Native Americans including Wilbur Between Lodges, Paul Iron Cloud, Rebecca Chief Eagle, Doyle Pipe On Head, and Duane Shot With Arrow, the ideas flowed and the excitement rose.

Executive Session: The Mission District: Map View

I recently sketched out a conjectural map. It’s how I envision every city’s Mission District. By "Mission District," I mean that conceptual community throughout the city—in reality, it doesn’t have to be contiguous—where intensive programs and services outlined in Matthew 25:34–36 are offered, or from where they emanate.

Executive Session: Coming to Terms with Housing First

Very few issues have dogged traditional rescue missions in recent years more than Housing First. Looking only at the schematics, one might assume a sole reason why: Housing First steps around the conventional continuum of care, taking homeless individuals straight from the street and putting them into government-run or government-subsidized apartments.

Executive Session: The Next Big Thing (Part 2)

Earlier this month, in Part 1, I pointed out that homelessness has worked its way into the everyday vocabulary of rescue mission leaders. It’s front and center on the stage we’re viewing. But as history has shown us, at some point, we are going to rotate past homelessness to the next big thing. So what might we be moving toward?

Executive Session: The Next Big Thing (Part 1)

The primary assignment of an association is to be prophetic. Unquestionably, producing relevant resources and advocating on members’ behalf are essential tasks. And setting a spiritual tone for everyone connected is a fundamental charge. But prophecy is job one.

Executive Session: Coming to a Church Near You

It’s a typical suburban church building in a typical suburban neighborhood. It sits on a sometimes-busy street lined with ranch-style houses. But what’s going on these days at Redemption Church in Olathe, Kansas, is far from typical.

Executive Session: Dust in the Wind

My brother traveled to Schopfloch, Germany, to explore the hamlet of our ancestors. His tour of the medieval town brought him to the Lutheran church cemetery. When he couldn’t find any headstones for Eshelman—our family name before colonial relatives Americanized it—he asked the vicar where they might be. Gesturing like a song leader with fidgety fingers, he said, “Sie sind pulver in der brise.” Translation: They are powder in the breeze.

Executive Session: A Christmas Gift for Your Board

For this last Executive Session of the year, I decided to give you a present you can re-gift and stick under your board chair’s Christmas tree. It’s something I hope is not needed anytime soon (especially for your sake). And unfortunately, it’s something he or she might not want to accept from you at the time it is needed. My present is six “don’ts” wrapped in advice gleaned from 30 years of experience in association management.

Executive Session: Righteous or Obnoxious?

The midday sun was intense and the midtown sidewalks were crowded. Smartly dressed office workers wove their way through the onslaught of oncoming humanity in search of a quick sandwich and a brief respite from daily duties. Atop a milk crate near a crosswalk, head and shoulders above all the passersby, stood a wild-haired man in a dark wool blazer, dress shirt, and clashing tie. Sweat poured down his face as he waved a closed Bible.

Executive Session: A Sprinkling of Notes

Earlier this month, Willow Creek Association held its annual Global Leadership Summit. An estimated 160,000 church and ministry leaders attended via satellite linkup in various cities. Several antidotes and one-liners from keynote speakers hit their mark with me.

Executive Session: A Burning Passion to Serve

This issue of "Executive Session" is coming to you from a Starbucks located on Alpine Shadows View in Colorado Springs. The landscape outside the window is as black as the Grande Americano I’m sipping. Just a few blocks away, the recent Waldo Canyon fire did some of its heaviest neighborhood damage.

Executive Session: Meanwhile, in Another Part of the World

The month of March has been a blur of distant airline terminals, littered city streets, and a whole lot of unfamiliar faces. I’ve been gone more than I’ve been home. That’s never fun, but it comes with the job. But the lessons I learn on the road are particularly powerful. For this issue of Executive Session, I thought I would take a different course and share two special experiences from my March travels abroad—and the thoughts God impressed upon me.

Executive Session: They Found Dave Dead

Every night on my homeward commute, I notice more and more houses adorned with colorful blinking bulbs. With Thanksgiving now a memory but Christmas looming large, there seems to be a scramble in the neighborhoods to illuminate lawns and brighten spirits. Despite the lights and the abundance of public festivities, psychologists tell us that the end-of-year holidays yield the most depressing days of the year for far too many people.

Executive Session: Praising from the Proper Position

Nebuchadnezzar II excelled at grandiose expressions of anger, beauty, and pride. He was the unassailable king of the Neo-Babylonian Empire who destroyed Israel’s first majestic temple, built the wondrous Hanging Gardens of Babylon, and set up a nine-story image of gold on the Plain of Dura, commanding everyone to worship it.

Have You Met Your New Director?

No one can deny that we live in changing (and contentious) times. In this issue of Executive Session, I discuss the need for leaders to change with the times, or face the possibility of being replaced. Incidentally, this topic is something that will be on the table during the AGRM CEO Summit, held next month in Colorado Springs. Also in this issue of the newsletter is a list of the CEOs who have already signed up for this important event

Executive Session: Looking Global

North America is not the rest of the world, and when we compare our missions to those in other countries, it is obvious that there are many differences. But this doesn't mean we can't learn from other nations---especially from places that have already experienced cultural shifts that are most certainly coming our way...

Executive Session - One’s the Limit

With millions of people across North America falling victim to abuse, getting caught in the grip of addiction, and finding themselves on the streets, the problems of those in need can be overwhelming. Fortunately, God—knowing our energy and our empathy have limits—called us to a specific community to reach out to certain individuals.

Executive Session: Words That Wound

The Scriptures speak of the untamable tongue, which some use to praise God and others to spread corruption. This is a truth we experience every day in a continent saturated by strong and loudly voiced opinions.

Executive Session - A Gift of Words

Meaningful giving at Christmastime sometimes gets lost in frantic shopping trips, stressful schedules, and commercial holiday hype.With so great a need and so many people demanding of your time and energy, it may be extra challenging to experience this aspect of holiday joy.

Up to Date

National Grocery Chain Plans to Fight Hunger

Company Strives to End Hunger by 2025

One of the nation’s largest grocers last week announced a plan to address what its CEO called the “paradox” of hunger and food waste that is concurrently plaguing American communities.

According to Supermarket News, the Kroger Company’s Zero Hunger | Zero Waste program will strive to end hunger in communities where the company does business, while also eliminating food waste across the company by 2025. The effort includes establishing a $10 million innovation fund through the Kroger Company Foundation.

Throughout the U.S., some 42 million Americans struggle with hunger. At the same time, an estimated 72 billion pounds of food ends up in a landfill. Around 40 percent  of the food produced in the U.S. goes unconsumed.

Part of Kroger's plan is to meet or exceed the EPA’s “zero waste” threshold of 90 percent diversion from landfills in its manufacturing and store facilities by 2020. Kroger CEO Rodney McMullen said Kroger remains committed to that goal, having improved to a 78 percent diversion rate in 2016, up from 70 percent in 2015.

The 2025 plan seeks to eliminate food waste through prevention, donation, and diversion efforts and also develop transparent reporting on food loss and waste, the company said.

The initiative also calls for Kroger to provide not only more food but also more balanced meals, McMullen added, empowering associates to identify meat, dairy, produce, and bakery items for donation that remain fresh, safe, and nutritious,  which accounted for 46 million fresh meals to food banks in 2016 . 


Photo: virginiaretail Food Lion - Hampton, VA via photopin(license)

National Grocery Chain Plans to Fight Hunger

One of the nation’s largest grocers last week announced a plan to address what its CEO called the “paradox” of hunger and food waste that is concurrently plaguing American communities.

Problem Drinking Is Growing Fast Among Older Americans

Epidemiologists at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism last month announced a jarring trend: Problem drinking is growing fast among older Americans.

Fentanyl Drives Rise in Opioid-Linked Deaths

Fentanyl, a synthetic narcotic, is a key player in America's continuing epidemic of opioid-related overdose deaths. Drug is more powerful than heroin or morphine.

One in Seven New York City Elementary Students Will Be Homeless

Some 100,000 students who attend New York City public schools were homeless during the 2015–2016 school year. That’s a number equal to the total population of Albany, New York.

Loneliness Epidemic Growing into Biggest Threat to Public Health

Loneliness and social isolation could be a greater public health hazard than obesity, and their impact will continue to grow.