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View DC Forum schedule...and then register; Snapshot Survey results due February 8; update on Pine Ridge and Whiteclay; nonprofits in Detroit will start working night shift; effects of tax reform on charitable deductions
AGRM considers association health plan; Snapshot Survey to be held January 25; House Majority leader scheduled to attend DC Forum; hospitals fight brutal flu season; judge claims “all to blame” for opioid epidemic
2018 convention early-bird rate ends; Justin Boles will start 2018 with a new title; two new part-time positions will soon be open at AGRM; University of Michigan doctors prescribe fewer opioids; parents struggle with high cost of child care
Register now to get convention best-price deadline; it’s not too early to register for AGRM’s 2018 DC Forum; three districts elect new officers and board representatives; tobacco companies admit making cigarettes more addictive; most people overestimate holiday weight gain
Register now for best 2018 Annual Convention rates; tax reform issues coming down to the wire; openings available for Ripple Effect’s two area cohorts; insurance companies commit to addressing the opioid crisis; tobacco smoking rates stay steady
AGRM elections begin next week; a little secret about AGRM’s 2018 Annual Convention; association receives Platinum Seal of Transparency from Guidestar; Millennials take a unique view nonprofit giving; rising rents are breaking tenants
Nebraska Supreme Court upholds closure of Whiteclay beer stores; Same Kind of Different as Me release just around the corner; homelessness continues to affect college students; FDA warns about mixing opioid addiction treatments with other meds; increased number of older Americans plunge into poverty
Member missions in Florida could use your help; district Conferences begin next week; AGRM signs amicus brief in religious freedom case; assessment helps predict who is at risk of developing PTSD; college students are hungry for more than knowledge
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
Archived issues of Rescue provided by Instant Flipbook.
Cover Story: A Climate of Security and Peace (by Dick Druary)
Cover Story: Homeless Youth: An Overlooked Population (by Alice Colegrove)
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.
Up to Date
In a new push to keep homeless teens from ending up pregnant, Waikiki Health is handing out cell phones to young women who agree to take a sex education course.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has once again weighed in on kratom, an herbal supplement some have said can help relieve pain and withdrawal symptoms from opioid use. And the verdict of the FDA continues to be negative.
Worldwide, each person 15 years and older consumes 13.5 grams of pure alcohol per day, according to the World Health Organization. Considering that nearly half of the world doesn't drink at all, that leaves the other half drinking up their share.
Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg has announced he wants to build about 1,000 tiny homes.
Almost 60,000; 57,800 to be more precise. That's how many people are homeless in Los Angeles County on any given night. Imagine a city of just these homeless individuals. What would such a city look like? What about its residents, its health, its future?