Volume 12 Number 10 | May 15, 2018 | www.agrm.org  



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Secretary Carson to Attend Milwaukee Convention
Last week, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) officially let us know that Secretary Ben Carson will indeed be a guest speaker at AGRM’s Annual Convention in Milwaukee. AGRM invited Dr. Carson last year, and even though we received a favorable response, protocol has not permitted us to announce his involvement until now. The Secretary will be speaking on Thursday, June 14. 

Dr. Carson first came to political prominence with his address at the 2013 National Prayer Breakfast. Now as a Secretary of HUD, he is turning heads with his EnVision Centers approach to empowering people to leave HUD-assisted housing through self-sufficiency. You can read Dr. Carson’s full bio here.

A few security measures will be in place for the session when Secretary Carson speaks. For those attending, more information will be available at the convention. 


Registration Rates Increase After This Friday
It’s not too late to register for the convention. But things are filling up. And consider this: The registration fee goes up $30 per person after May 18—which is this Friday. If you haven’t registered yet, this is the week to do it. Just click here to go right to the registration page.



Full Program and Seminar Listings Available Online
You can now check out exactly what will be happening at AGRM’s big event by visiting the updated program page and the seminar page on the association website. Also be sure to click the hotel link for the latest information on accommodations at the event.

Spots Remain to Attend Early Intensive Seminars
If your travel schedule allows, consider adding one of our early intensive seminar options to your convention experience. These four-hour workshops cover subjects pertinent to every mission and life-transformation ministry operating today. They will be held June 12, 9:00 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. The cost is $104, including lunch.

The four workshops being offered are:

  • The Perpetual Prayer Journey of a Godly Leader
  • Biblical Diversity for Those Tired of Hearing About It
  • Start-Up Fundraising for Small Missions and Ministries
  • Changing a City through Purposeful Collaboration

Click here for additional details on these seminars. If you’ve already registered, contact convention registrar Marcy Sandoval at (719) 266-8300 ext. 100 or via email at msandoval@agrm.org to add these to your registration by Thursday May 17. Or if you arrive at the convention before these begin, you can check at the Registration/Information Center to see if there is still space in the intensive workshops. (Note: If you haven’t registered yet and do now, you can include these options in your online registration.)

Another Way to Save on Registration Fees
Seminar moderators are key people at AGRM conventions, and just four moderator opportunities remain (three tracks and one Walk in Wisdom Workshop). Those who agree to moderate all five seminars in a single track can register for the convention at the special moderator rate of $349. Or if you choose to moderate the remaining Walk in Wisdom Workshop, you can attend that workshop for free.

Moderators serve as hosts of sessions or tracks of sessions, helping attendees get the most out of each seminar. To learn more and find out which opportunities are available, download the moderator packet, complete the agreement form, and return the signed form to Justin Boles at jboles@agrm.org. If you've already registered, no worries; we can refund the difference between your registration fee and the moderator rate. Please be sure to get approval to be a moderator from your supervisor or CEO before submitting your form.



President’s Report to Cover Annual Meeting Requirements  
Whereas the AGRM Annual Meeting is for the transaction of business as determined by the board of directors, and as the board has determined there is no normal business to be brought before the voting members for transaction this year, there will not be a separate Annual Meeting following the convention in Milwaukee (Bylaws, Sec. 3.4). The report of the president at the Thursday evening general session, along with printed documents that will be available to all members, will provide all of the information that is generally covered in the Annual Meeting.

AGRM’s Rebranding Information Is Getting a Lot of Attention
Members have been expressing their great appreciation for our informative animated videos sent out over the past five weeks, explaining who we are, what we did, what we’re doing, and where we’re going. In early June, AGRM will be revealing the final elements of the refocusing and rebranding initiative that has been unfolding for almost a year. If you have been on leave or too busy to click through, catch up by viewing the five brief videos.

Episode 1: “How We Got Here” 
Episode 2: “What We Did Once We Arrived” 
Episode 3: “What We Are Doing More of These Days”
Episode 4: “What’s Changing and What’s Staying the Same”
Episode 5: “What’s Transpired in the Rebranding Process”


Missions Asked to Help Get Medicare Cards to Homeless Individuals
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is asking AGRM-member missions to help get new Medicare cards into the hands of homeless individuals on Medicare and has provided the following info to AGRM. 

Starting last month and ending a year later, new Medicare Cards are being mailed to senior adults and others who are eligible. CMS is removing Social Security numbers from Medicare cards and mailing each person a new card with a new number. This will help keep personal information more secure and help protect the consumer’s identity. Consumers will receive a new Medicare Number that’s unique, and it will only be used for their Medicare coverage. The new card won’t change coverage or benefits. Consumers will get more information from Medicare when the new card is mailed. Here’s how Medicare beneficiaries can get ready:

  • Make sure mailing addresses are up to date. If a guest’s address needs to be corrected, contact Social Security at ssa.gov/myaccount or (800) 772-1213. TTY users can call (800) 325-0778.
  • Beware of anyone who contacts guests about their new Medicare cards. CMS will never ask for personal or private information to get a new Medicare Number and card. 
  • Understand that mailing everyone a new card will take some time. Some cards might arrive at a different time than a friend’s or neighbor’s. Visit Medicare.gov/newcard to see when cards are being mailed to your state. 

To learn more, visit go.medicare.gov/newcard for the CMS fact sheet, “10 Things to Know About Your New Medicare Card.”

Looking Down the Street…

  • Please welcome our newest AGRM business member Payroll Control Systems (Minneapolis, Minnesota). Joseph Reilly is the company’s founding partner.

  • Congratulations to Executive Director Gere Brenneman, who is retiring at the end of this year following 30 years of service at Evangel Home (Fresno, California).

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Supreme Court Makes Decision on Sports Gambling
The Supreme Court has ruled in favor of New Jersey in the case that was formerly known as Chris Christie vs. NCAA, striking down a 25-year-old federal law known as the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act that largely outlawed sports betting outside of Nevada.

According to an article in The Washington Post, the court’s 6–3 decision overruled the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, saying PASPA violates the state’s 10th Amendment rights, thereby creating a path for New Jersey and other states to offer sports betting.

“Congress can regulate sports gambling directly, but if it elects not to do so, each state is free to act on its own,” wrote Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr., for the majority. “Our job is to interpret the law Congress has enacted and decide whether it is consistent with the Constitution. PASPA is not.”

FDA Warns Against Abuse of Popular Diarrhea Medicine
The opioid crisis has taken what the FDA calls "many new and troubling turns," and this is one of them. Opioid addicts are buying a popular diarrhea medicine, loperamide, sold under the brand name Imodium, to get high or as a way to taper off opioids.

According to a report by ABC News, the FDA is taking steps to change the packaging of loperamide to help deter abuse of this drug. It's safe at approved doses, but when taken at 100 times the recommended amount, as some addicts do, it can be deadly, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in a recent article for the agency.

The FDA has been aware since June 2016 of some people taking far higher amounts of loperamide than is recommended on the packaging. But at these high doses, the drug has been associated with severely abnormal heart rhythms and even death. To combat this, the FDA began proposing methods to encourage safe use of the drug, including ensuring that negative side effects are clearly written on packaging and that the medicine is not sold in huge amounts. The agency is working with large retailers like Walmart, Amazon, and eBay about changing their packaging.

Americans Are Lonelier Than Ever
The result of some 20,000 people participating in a new nationwide survey published by Cigna shows that Americans are lonelier than ever, with almost 50 percent of those surveyed feeling left out or lonely.

According to an NBC News report, using the UCLA Loneliness Scale to compile scores, those who scored above a 43 on a scale of 20 to 80 were classified as lonely. An astonishing 43 percent Americans sometimes or always feel that their relationships are not meaningful and that they are isolated from others. And 27 percent of Americans rarely or never feel as though there are people who really understand them.

Most alarming: Loneliness scores rose among the generations, with the youngest generation—Gen Z or the iGen, born between the mid-1990s and the early 2000s—scoring a 48.3 overall, as opposed to Millennials, who scored a 45.3. Gen X  scored an also-dismal 45.1, and Baby Boomers scored 42.4. Those of grandparenting or great-grandparenting age, the Greatest Generation, were the least lonely, with a score of 38.6.

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Increased Diagnosis of Depression Can Be a Good Sign
Depression is on the rise in the United States. A quick glance at the data, which shows rising diagnosis rates, could give the impression that a series of terrible events plunged millions of people into depression. A more nuanced evaluation, however, suggests this isn’t a tale of increasing numbers of depressed Americans. Instead, it shows that people in the U.S. are just as depressed as they ever were—but are increasingly seeking the treatment they need.

According to an article from Quartz, the health insurance company Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) released a report on May 10 showing that, according to analysis of the 41 million people it insures, depression diagnoses increased 33 percent from 2013 to 2016. Though women overall are more than twice as likely as men to be diagnosed with depression, both men and women saw the same 33 percent increase over the three-year period.

Alcohol and Tobacco Are Worst Drugs for Human Health
Alcohol and tobacco are by far the biggest threat to human health around the world, while the harms of illegal drugs “don’t even come close,” a major report on addictive substances has found.

The Global Statistics on Alcohol, Tobacco, and Illicit Drug Use: 2017 Status Report found a quarter of a billion hours of healthy human life are lost each year because of smoking and drinking, 10 times more than is lost to illicit drug use.

According to an article in the Independent, the study measures the impact in “disability adjusted life years,” which factors in the years lived with cancers, respiratory disease, or cardiovascular disease alongside the lives cut short by things like overdoses.

Study Shows Donor Giving Preferences Are Shifting
A new study released by Community Brands looks at donor experience and expectations, with an aim to help nonprofits assess what their own donors experience and pinpoint where there’s room for improvement.

According to an article in Associations Now, the study showed that 71 percent of those surveyed have donated on a mobile device during the past year. Younger generations are making most—if not all—of their donations through a mobile device. Because of this, researchers urged organization to no longer put off optimizing their websites and donation forms for mobile donors. 

In addition to surveying donors on their preferences for making online and offline gifts, the study also looked at their behavior, how much follow-up and personalization affects their giving, and the impact that events have on their giving. To the latter point, researchers said, “There’s a special kind of magic that happens at fundraising events,” and the study’s results prove it. In the study, 78 percent of respondents reported feeling “very or somewhat engaged” after attending an event, and 63 percent of respondents reported that they were more likely to financially support a nonprofit after a positive event experience.


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The following job positions are currently open at AGRM member missions. Please visit www.agrm.org/careers to view full descriptions and to apply. Click here for instructions on using AGRM's Recruiting Center to post open positions for your mission.


Program Manager - Homes for Life: Miracle Hill Ministries, Inc., Greenville, SC

Biblical Pastoral Counselor: Union Gospel Mission (Spokane), Spokane, WA

Bookkeeper: Open Door Mission, Glens Falls, NY

Care Support Specialist: Light of Life Ministries, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA

Chief Development Officer: Seattle's Union Gospel Mission, Seattle, WA

Chief Operating Officer: Helping Up Mission, Inc., Baltimore, MD

Development Associate: The Path of Citrus County, Beverly Hills, CA

Development Director: Home of Grace, Vancleave, MS

Development Officer : The Rescue Mission Tacoma, Tacoma, WA

Development Support/Outreach Coordinator: Kalamazoo Gospel Mission, Kalamazoo, MI

Director of Development: Rockford Rescue Mission Ministries, Inc., Rockford, IL

Director of Men’s Ministry: The Scott Mission, Toronto, ON

Director of Operations: Wyoming Rescue Mission, Casper, WY

Donor Development Professional: Madera Rescue Mission, Madera, CA

Events Coordinator: Open Door Mission, Glens Falls, NY

Executive Director: Jericho Road Ministries, Inc., Brooksville, FL

Executive Director: Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission, Philadelphia, PA

Food and Beverage Driver: San Francisco City Impact, San Francisco, CA

Food Manager: Beacon Light Mission, Wilmington, CA

Food Services Manager: Turlock Gospel Mission, Turlock, CA

Grant Writer: Open Door Mission, Glens Falls, NY

Health and Wellness Center Manager: San Francisco City Impact, San Francisco, CA

Leader of Women's Addiction Recovery Centre: Union Gospel Mission, Winnipeg, MB

Major Gift Officer: Los Angeles Mission, Los Angeles, CA

Major Gifts Officer: Buffalo City Mission, Buffalo, NY

Marketing & Digital Communications Associate: Open Door Mission, Glens Falls, NY

Men's Transitional Living Director: Lexington Rescue Mission, Lexington, KY

Overnight Supervisor: Hope Gospel Mission, Eau Claire, WI

Public Relations Manager: Seattle's Union Gospel Mission, Seattle, WA

Resident Advisors: Hope Gospel Mission, Eau Claire, WI

Residential Coordinator_Cornerstone Manor Facility: Buffalo City Mission, Buffalo, NY

Salesforce Data Analyst: Atlanta Mission, Atlanta, GA

Senior Director of Development: St. Matthew's House, Naples, FL

Shelter Manager : Turlock Gospel Mission, Turlock, CA

Shelter Supervisor: Open Door Mission, Glens Falls, NY

Shepherd's Door Program Manager: Portland Rescue Mission, Portland, OR

Support Services Coordinator: Open Door Mission, Glens Falls, NY

volunteer Coordinator: Open Door Mission, Glens Falls, NY

Women's Recovery Counselor: Union Gospel Mission (Spokane), Spokane, WA

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Where Is Jesus Now?

When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. But he laid his right hand on me, saying, “Fear not, I am the first and the last, and the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades” (Revelation 1:17–18, ESV). 

Close your eyes and picture Jesus. Don’t keep reading, just close your eyes and form a picture of him… What does he look like? Where is Jesus in your mind’s eye?

Now, you probably saw either a painting of Jesus with pretty hair and a docile expression, or Jesus hanging on a cross, head dipped in despair.

These are the two most popular depictions of King Jesus. The marginalized peasant and the suffering servant. And Jesus did live his life on earth for the good of others and to the detriment of himself (Mark 10:45).

Do you know where Jesus is right now?

“Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking to me, and on turning I saw seven golden lampstands, and in the midst of the lampstands one like a son of man, clothed with a long robe and with a golden sash around his chest. The hairs of his head were white, like white wool, like snow. His eyes were like a flame of fire, his feet were like burnished bronze, refined in a furnace, and his voice was like the roar of many waters. In his right hand he held seven stars, from his mouth came a sharp two-edged sword, and his face was like the sun shining in full strength” (Revelation 1:12–16).

Jesus took on flesh for a time, but he is no longer suffering on a Roman cross. He is alive. He is ruling and reigning, sovereign over all the universe.

He is King in heaven, King over hell, and King upon the earth. There is no glory like His to be seen by the eyes of men.

What was John’s reaction to seeing King Jesus? “When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead.”

This, too, should be our response to Jesus. If you do not feel awe toward Jesus, maybe you don’t know who He is.

We serve neither the Jesus of pop-culture nor the one depicted by oil paintings and dead relics.

We serve the risen Jesus, the living God. We serve a most capable King.


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