ESPN streak for the cash lost money
The first time I lost that amount of money was during the devastating economic crash in the real estate market. My company was investing in real estate doing flips, rentals, and short/long-term investments. We also got into hard money lending. During the crash we had individuals and companies default on money we lent. That was the first time!

The second time was yesterday, but not as significant. I am playing a game on ESPN called Streak for the Ca$h. The game is simple and it is free, you simply pick a game winner for all different sports and whoever get's the longest winning streak for the month wins $50,000, and if you have over 27 winning streaks in a row, you can win $100,000. 

Don't worry there is a leadership lesson here, not just a sports talk... Keep reading!

My approach was more based off running simple statistics and probability to get the wins versus who I thought would win or what other people were voting for. I made sure to not...


 
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It is scary of the amount of jobs that are being lost in the past 4 months. American job loss has accelerated at an alarming rate, especially at the end of 2008, and 2009 is keeping the trend strong. Pastor friends of mine has experienced this. I spoke to one pastor luckily enough, who's church administration chose a 5% reduction in pay for all staff instead of having to let go of great leaders. His comment to me was, "We couldn't think of trying to decide who is 'it' to let go. Ministry is what we do and our life is designed to love others. We couldn't even think to have to let someone go."

However there are a couple other churches in Arizona, megachurches, who are on their second and third job cuts. This takes a huge toll on the emotional and spiritual climate of a church.

Having the largest job loss at a level higher than that of the last six decades for America as a whole is a tough reality. There is an implosion in the job market and Lawrence Mishel, president of the Economic Policy Institute says,"We're seeing a complete unraveling of the labor market and are on track for getting beyond 10% unemployment."

This WILL affect the church. In multiple ways:
  • Those needing help and the church being a help financially.[This definitely will be a larger topic in the near future for the church response to this issue]
  • The church not being able to 'afford' to keep staff or able to keep paying staff as they are currently being payed.
  • The churches ability to pour money into evangelistic efforts.
  • The ability for children, students, and even adults in participating in events that costs money. [Blog to come to discuss how do we do ministry less expensive but still good]
  • Families that have one or no parents that are working. They will need groceries and clothing for their families. How does the church respond?


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