DC Forum: On Policy and Advocacy
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Event Date
  • 3/18/2012 7:00 PM -
    3/20/2012 7:00 PM
    Please arrive early for registration
  • Washington DC
  • 800 Florida Ave NE
    Washington, District of Columbia 20002-3600

We have two choices!

We can “hide in the weeds” and pray that the government doesn’t interfere with what we are doing at and through our missions, or we can engage with government and have a part in shaping public policy as it relates to ministering to the poor. The Association of Gospel Rescue Missions (AGRM) is a strong proponent of the latter. That is why we have a public policy agenda and a government liaison on our staff.

Now is the time!
With this being an election year, it’s more important than ever to be present in Washington, D.C., interacting with agencies, lawmakers, caucuses, and committees. Our DC Forum will educate you about the latest government issues--and there are many--affecting faith-based organizations that work with homeless and addicted people. It will also give you a unique opportunity to build relationships with the leaders of advocacy groups that share your goals. You can tell your story, voice your concerns, and discuss ways to work together in the future.

If you already know your federal elected officials, this is a great opportunity to keep the relationship strong by visiting them in their D.C. settings. If you don’t know them, here is a chance to introduce yourself and
your ministry, and invite them to your mission when they are back home. 

A comfortable and convenient place to stay!
Washington, D.C., is a very expensive city, and hotels “close to the action” can be pricey. Good news: AGRM has reserved a very reasonable room rate at the well-appointed Kellogg Conference Hotel at Gallaudet University, just north of Capitol Hill. The actual address is 800 Florida Avenue NE in Washington. Our published rates include all of the meetings, two overnights at Kellogg, and six meals. (You can choose single or double occupancy. If you desire double but are attending by yourself, AGRM will assist you in finding a roommate.) AGRM will handle all of the arrangements with Kellogg.

Emerging Leaders Welcome!
Did you know that the average age of a congressional aide is 31? AGRM needs to show its own “fresh faces” on Capitol Hill. Who is under age 35 on your staff that needs to attend? AGRM can make a huge statement about the depth in our ranks, plus we can get our upcoming leaders oriented to the workings of government at an early stage in their careers.

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Sunday, March 18, 2012
7:00 p.m.             Welcome and Dinner at Kellogg
7:45 p.m.             Forum Overview and D.C. Orientation  

Monday, March 19, 2012
7:30 a.m.            Breakfast at Kellogg
8:00 a.m.            Depart for Capitol Hill
9:00 a.m.            Devotional and Prayer for the Nation
9:30 a.m.            Forum: Charitable Deductions and Tax Reform
10:15 a.m.          Break
10:30 a.m.          Forum: Nonprofit Postage and Email
11:15 a.m.          Forum: Health Care and HHS Requirements
12:00 p.m.          Working Lunch on Capitol Hill
1:15 p.m.            Forum: Hosanna-Tabor vs. EEOC
1:45 p.m.            Forum: Fair Housing and Shelters
2:30 p.m.            Break           
2:45 p.m.            Forum: Vehicle Donations
3:15 p.m.            Talking Points and Meeting Strategies
4:15 p.m.            Optional Tour of Library of Congress
6:00 p.m.            Dinner at Cafe Berlin
7:30 p.m.            Optional Embassy Row Walking Tour 

Tuesday, March 20, 2012
7:30 a.m.            Breakfast at Kellogg
9:00 a.m.            Individual Appointments on Capitol Hill Begin
12:00 p.m.          Lunch on Your Own
5:00 p.m.            Appointments Conclude           
6:00 p.m.            Dinner and Debriefing at Gospel Rescue Ministries

SPECIAL GUESTS: Invitations have been sent to a number of cabinet members, lawmakers, and other key influencers, asking them to join us throughout our time. Unfortunately, most Washington appointments are never confirmed until a week out, but you can certainly expect several special guests.

THIRD NIGHT: For those desiring to stay a third night at Kellogg and attend the Alliance for Charitable Reform Summit for Leaders on Wednesday (no charge), contact Lisa Miller for more information.


Reagan National Airport (DCA) | Dulles International Airport (IAD) | Baltimore/Washington International Airport (BWI) 

Attendees are responsible for arranging and paying for their own transportation from and to the airport. We recommend a cab or SuperShuttle. Gospel Rescue Mission Ministries, one of our members, will provide transportation between Kellogg and meeting locations over the course of the event.

If you have any questions, please contact Meetings and Events Manager Lisa Miller or by phone at (719) 266-8300 x107. We look forward to seeing you in Washington, D.C.! Those who register by February 15 will receive a copy of The New Evangelicals by Marcia Pally.

Registration Options

To register, please contact Lisa Miller at lmiller@agrm.org or by phone at (719) 266-8300 x107.

Online registration is not available at this time.