Top 10 Reasons to Join
1. You become part of a huge network of colleagues.
When you join, you instantly get connected to a whole host of friends who are passionate about the same things that move you and who deal with what you do every day. They become an invaluable source of advice and inspiration. Through our Professional Networks, your staff and volunteers can easily connect with their peers across the continent.
2. You gain access to mission-specific training and resources.
AGRM is the most complete source for rescue mission-related educational seminars and materials. Our new core curriculum covers all the bases in programming and operations, and today’s technology allows for great learning opportunities in both physical and virtual classrooms.
3. You are never out of the loop on the latest news and trends.
The news never stops, and AGRM keeps you up to date with what you need to know to make the right decisions. Our publications and website give you AGRM news and tell you what’s happening in the halls of government as well as on the streets of North America, related to what you do.
4. You have a national voice on important issues.
When AGRM speaks to the media, the government, or a church, you are represented. You can have your voice heard as a part of the whole, or you can participate in association programs that will put your mission at the podium in front of the microphone.
5. You have a safe “place” to go for advice and support.
When you need a sympathetic ear but aren’t comfortable going to mission staff or volunteers, and it’s not appropriate to talk to those in your community, you can turn to AGRM. You’ll find someone who understands what you’re going through, will listen to you in confidence, and will pray with you.
6. You increase your exposure to the public.
People near or far can easily find exactly where you are located and learn precisely what you do because your name and website will be listed on AGRM’s high-visibility website. This is especially helpful when people need to place friends and family in the care of someone they can trust far from home. It also can help potential donors and volunteers find you.
7. You save time and money on things you need to buy.
It’s true that there is strength in numbers, and that is why AGRM can leverage deals in the business community to bring you significant savings (even if a lot of what you use is donated). And when the association finds deals, the details are listed and circulated in a number of members-only sources so you won’t miss them.
8. You keep your whole team moving forward together.
Because AGRM automatically brings some of your key staff members into membership when your mission joins, the benefits are multiplied throughout your organization. They’ll have access to all of the valuable resources, and it won’t totally fall on your shoulders to look for training opportunities or keep them up to speed on what’s happening in the world of rescue mission ministry.
9. You can share your expertise with more people.
Because AGRM is a member-influenced organization, it relies heavily on the experience and skill of members for content and delivery. There are plenty of places for you to share what you know through the written or spoken word, and you can help influence policy by involvement in committees and special task forces.
10. You will receive ongoing spiritual encouragement.
In AGRM, you will find many denominations and affiliations represented. Our focus, however, is not on our differences but on the passion and person of Jesus. So while an association is very different from a rescue mission, those of us involved in AGRM are just as committed to the gospel as you are. Therefore, one of the big benefits you receive is a subtle but constant reminder of why we do what we do, and whom we are serving.
BONUS REASON: You can help hundreds of future leaders.
Even if you are in a mission that is relatively self-sufficient, AGRM provides the channels for you to give back and help perpetuate the positive things that have gone on for decades in rescue mission ministry. Teddy Roosevelt said it this way: “Every man owes part of his time and money to the industry to which he is engaged. No man has a moral right to withhold his support from an organization that is striving to improve conditions within his sphere.”