Early-bird convention rates end in just two weeks; new district names and boundaries set; three districts elect new officers and board representatives; organization releases new standards for medical respite care; one in seven Americans will face substance addiction
2017 convention early bird registration begins today; annual Snapshot Survey results available to participating missions; Ashmen named to NAE and Circle of Protection; mobile apps aid in addiction recovery; exploring why east sides of cities are poorer than west sides
AGRM holds first district conference exclusively for Canadian missions; 2017 convention early bird registration begins November 15; AGRM elections to be held November 9; which country’s people are most empathetic; more than half of mentally ill people go without treatment
AGRM’s Board of Directors begins meeting today; fall means travel time for association staff; Baylor/AGRM study nearing completion; New York’s homeless children have difficulty getting to school; new findings on Christian theological views in America
District conferences in full swing: five held this week; AGRM work at Pine Ridge grows as first Safe House opens; important deadlines and reminders about AGRM events and activities; Internet addiction may signal other mental health problems; food insecurity in America declines, but many still hungry
Annual Snapshot Survey provides some of AGRM’s most-requested info; fall District Conferences begin next week; AGRM president speaks at European Association of Urban Missions; new board game raises awareness about homelessness; middle class incomes experience fastest growth rate on record
CEO Summit focuses on the future of rescue ministry; AGRM’s annual Snapshot Survey to be held September 29; ikmprovements made to individual and mission profiles; Seattle’s mayor names cabinet-level director of homelessness; study finds most adults with depression go untreated
We can still get you into AGRM's CEO Summit; fall District Conferences offer strong regional connections; attend a pre-release screening of I’m Not Ashamed; Olympic athletes' leftovers become meals for homeless people; volunteering later in life may benefit mental health
Paramount okays SKODAM screening at CEO Summit; fall District Conferences offer strong regional connections; London City Mission to host Worldwide Forum next year; three cities to house 100 homeless youth in 100 days; Canada’s child and family homelessness mirrors U.S.
CEO Summit will connect mission CEOs with major ministry leaders; convention resource page provides ways to share the event back home; AGRM monitors U.S. House tax reform plan; police release man suspected of homeless killings in San Diego; women more likely to face poverty after retirement than men
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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...
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.
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.
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.
One in 6 Americans Take Antidepressants, Other Psychiatric Drugs
More than 16 percent of Americans take some kind of psychiatric drugs—mostly antidepressants, researchers reported Monday, according to an NBC News report.
The study also showed that twice as many white people take those drugs as do African-Americans or other minorities, and fewer than 5 percent of Asian-Americans do. In addition, most people who take them are taking them long-term. The researchers used the 2013 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey covering 37,000 people for their study.
Thomas Moore of the Institute for Safe Medication Practices in Alexandria, Virginia, the study’s lead researcher, noted: “Overall, 16.7 percent of 242 million U.S. adults reported filling one or more prescriptions for psychiatric drugs in 2013.”
The study revealed that 12 percent took antidepressants; 8.3 percent took anxiety drugs, sedatives or sleeping pills, and 1.6 percent took antipsychotic medication. The study just looked at the numbers and didn't look at why people are taking the drugs. But Moore expressed concern that so many people were taking habit-forming drugs, such as Valium or Xanax, long-term.
"Most psychiatric drug use reported by adults was long term, with 84.3 percent having filled three or more prescriptions in 2013 or indicating that they had started taking the drug during 2011 or earlier."
Earlier this year, researchers reported the death rate from overdoses of such anxiety drugs had quadrupled in the U.S. Researchers have said there might be problems with primary care physicians prescribing these drugs, because they might not fully understand the risks.
Most of America’s 73.7 million children under age 18 live in families with two parents. This is compared to other types of living arrangements, such as living with grandparents or having a single parent.