AGRM announces convention scholarship grant; 90 Days of Prayer shines spiritual spotlight on convention; last chance to register for AGRM’s DC Forum; does marijuana legalization increase homelessness; U.S. life expectancy lags behind other high-income countries
Webinar to explain results of Baylor-AGRM study; register now for DC Forum and 2017 Annual Convention; mandatory evacuation lifted in Oroville, California; nonprofits urged to do fundraising on Facebook; number of homeless college students on the rise
Baylor University study presented at National Press Club; registration open for AGRM’s 2017 DC Forum; grants available for women’s domestic violence shelters; nation’s first “safe-injection” sites approved in Seattle; could homelessness be classified as a medical condition?
Registration continues as convention program grows; Baylor-AGRM research study to be released February 1; second Ripple Effect cohort begins this week; restaurants in Spain help homeless residents dine with dignity; new study shows how insomnia affects homeless individuals
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
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.
Neighborhoods Where 40 Percent or More of the Population Lives Below Federal Poverty Levels Increasing for First Time Since the 1990s
Concentrated poverty is on the rise in the U.S. again, with the number of neighborhoods where 40 percent or more of the population lives below the federal poverty levels of all races increasing for the first time since the 1990s, reports ZME Science.
While general poverty levels only look at how many people live on less than a standard income in a particular place, the concept of poverty concentration takes into account how poverty is spread out throughout an area. Concentrated poverty is a cascading effect of ever-less money available in the community, meaning health services, educational services, and other civic institutions work with reduced efficiency or grind down altogether.
And it’s on the rise in the U.S. for the first time in two decades, according to the Population Research Institute. Researchers point to growing residential separation and isolation of the poor from the rest of American society in metropolitan areas, as well as an overall increase in poverty since the early 2000s as the biggest factors driving this rise.
Not only is the U.S. experiencing a rise in concentrated poverty levels, but it’s also undergoing a shift in who and where is getting the worst of it. The researchers note that the demographics as well as the location of high-poverty neighborhoods has changed since the 1990s. “It used to be thought of as black, inner-city poverty, but now more Hispanics and a higher proportion of whites are living in high-poverty neighborhoods,” researchers not. “They are less likely to be just in the inner core of cities, but oftentimes in inner suburbs.”
The research also found that poverty concentration followed the trends set by overall poverty. The country’s recent economic hardships, such as the 2006–2008 recession, has pushed up individual poverty, neighborhood-wide (social) poverty, and the overall percentage of people and that of poor people living in high-poverty neighborhoods.
Concentrated poverty is on the rise in the U.S. again, with the number of neighborhoods where 40 percent or more of the population lives below the federal poverty levels of all races increasing for the first time since the 1990s.
A new report examined the effects of homelessness on teenagers—and found that homeless high school students are more likely than their housed peers to attempt suicide, experience intimate partner violence, and suffer from preventable but serious health issues.