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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Problem Drinking Is Growing Fast Among Older Americans
Alcoholism More Than Doubles In a Decade
Epidemiologists at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism last month announced a jarring trend: Problem drinking is growing fast among older Americans.
According to a New York Times report, the study, published in JAMA Psychiatry, compared data from a national survey taken in 2001 and 2002 and again in 2012 and 2013, each time with roughly 40,000 adults. Drinking had increased in every age group, the researchers found.
However, the proportion of older adults involved in “high-risk drinking” jumped 65 percent, to 3.8 percent. Alcoholism more than doubled in a decade, afflicting over 3 percent of older people.
Why this spike in late-life drinking? Some researchers speculate that anxiety caused by the recession, which hit right between the two surveys, may have played a part.
Other experts point to demographic differences. People in their 60s and early 70s are less frail than in previous generations—so they continue their drinking patterns. Moreover, Baby Boomers have been more exposed to, and are less disapproving of, drug and alcohol use.
Alcohol abuse remains undertreated in all age groups, but especially in older demographics. Part of the mythology of late-life drinking is that old people can’t or won’t change their long-time behavior.
But with treatment, older adults have the same or better success rates as younger drinkers. According to the study, seniors were far more likely to adhere to treatment. Although 40 percent relapsed during the 12-week trial, nearly two-thirds of younger patients did.