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Here’s a story about the affects of the lottery from this week’s edition of Ministry Briefing:
George Loewenstein, a professor of economics and psychology at Carnegie Mellon University, and other researchers found in one study that people made to feel poor bought more lottery tickets. The findings, he said, “suggest that lottery tickets provide an escape from the feeling of poverty.” 
See full article from the L.A. Times here. Some of the findings from the article:
  • “What if?” – people play with small odds of what MIGHT happen
  • Odds of winning at about 1 in 292 million
  • Harmless entertainment? Sin? Taking advantage of the poor?
  • John Piper: it’s ‘spiritual suicide, a kind of embezzlement, and foolish’ []
  • Lower income spend more on lottery tickets
Why it matters:
  • Why they really buy? HOPE
  • What we offer: HOPE
  • What is YOUR view of the lottery?
  • What would YOU do if someone in your church won the lottery and gave the tithe?
  • What would the CHURCH (Big C) do with 1.5 BILLION dollars? Would it make a difference?
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Great leaders learn from great leaders.  Each week, our editors read hundreds of church leadership resources (the great, the not-so-great, and the ‘really’?) and pick only the best of the best to share in Ministry Briefing.  You’ll learn great concepts and ideas from really sharp minds… things that will stretch and mold you into a better leader for your local church.

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Current Events, Current Events, Start Here
A few years ago my friend Matt Steen and I did a weekly podcast where we kicked around ministry related issues. We recently got the band back together, and are launching This Week in Ministry, a weekly discussion about what’s happening in the ministry world. I’d love to hear what you think of this week’s show: Some links from this week’s show… Love to hear your thoughts on ANY of these stories… what do you think?  Leave a comment below! todd

Current Events, Current Events, Start Here
We have some great stories and resources in Ministry Briefing this week to help you learn and get up-to-speed, save time, and lead better. Inquiring minds want to know:
  • What generation is saving the most in America?
  • What size cities are families being most attracted to?
  • What would Jesus do about the Refugee crisis?
  • Do pretty girls really get better grades?
  • What will Wheaton College do with a professor embroiled in controversy?
  • What ministry is cutting 50 employees because of tough times?
  • What is one new program doing to try to rehabilitate sexual predators?
  • What will happen to the United Methodist pastor that ‘came out’ in her latest sermon?
  • Why was a major denomination suspended from their larger group of churches?
  • Why doesn’t Franklin Graham like ‘cool’ pastors?
  • What are the latest ways parents are monitoring their kid’s social media?
  • What are the top 5 reasons pastors are quitting ministry before retirement?
  • How fast can you build trust as a leader?
  • What are the 50 hardest places to be a Christian?
This week’s Ministry Briefing has 50 stories like these that we think will help you save time and lead better.  Try this week’s edition (and the next three issues) for just $1. I think you’ll find it helpful to your ministry and leadership this week! Have a great week! todd      

Staffing, Staffing, Start Here
This article’s title caught my attention: “Employees leave managers, not companies.” I wondered if the same was true with churches and pastors. Do church employees leave pastors, not churches? Think back… most of us have served local churches in positions other than the senior pastor position (even if you’re a senior pastor now). Have you ever left a church’s employment because of the pastor? Or was it because of the church in general? (Either way, I bet you told everyone that God was ‘calling you elsewhere’).  🙂 I’d love to hear your story.  Please leave a comment below. And here’s the link to the article…