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Free eBook Deal: The Top Ten Mistakes Leaders Make by Hans Finzel


The Top Ten Mistakes Leaders MakeAlthough leadership is the hot topic on conference agendas and book tours, most people who find themselves in positions of leadership have little or no training for the role. They simply continue to make the same old mistakes.

With additional and newly updated material, this leadership classic reveals the most common errors that leaders consistently make-regardless of training or age-and the way to stop these bad habits from undermining their positive talents and accomplishments.

Whether you are leading a company, a ministry, a Girl Scout troop, or your family, The Top Ten Mistakes Leaders Make is a must-read for anyone who wants to lead others effectively.


“If you’re like me, you’ve grown weary of the published cookie-cutter approaches on how to lead effectively. And so has Hans Finzel. He drills to the core of the current issues on effective leadership.”?
Charles R. Swindoll, author and president of Dallas Theological Seminary

“This is one of the most practical books on leadership I have in my own library. If you are serious about becoming a better leader, you will want to read this book.”?
John C. Maxwell, author, speaker, and founder of the INJOY Group


Hans Finzel

Dr. Hans Finzel is a successful author (Empowered Leaders, Change is Like a Slinky), consultant, and expert in the field of leadership. He is also president and CEO of WorldVenture (Littleton, CO), an international leadership development organization with associates in sixty-five countries worldwide. Finzel is a real-life leadership practitioner with over twenty-five years of experience in many settings, including ten years training leaders in Vienna and throughout Eastern Europe before the fall of communism. He and his wife, Donna, have four children and make their home in Highlands Ranch, Colorado.

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The Key of Bonding: Dine Together


“And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts,…” Acts 2:46 ESV.

“So then, my brothers and sisters, when you gather to eat, you should all eat together.” 1 Corinthians 11:33 NIV

This “eating together” is not unusual for some, especially with friends and coworkers. On the other hand, it is a very big thing for some. In the hustle and bustle of our everyday life, we find it hard to have a meal together with family. People take two or three jobs to provide for their families. In some families, spouses take jobs in two different shifts. Husband taking a job on the night shift while wife working on second shift allows them to watch kids at home. When was the last time some of you had dinner together with your family? It was most likely the weekends or holidays for some! Dining together is a very special ritual for my family. My parents always expected all four of their children to come to eat with them every day. That was something special I still cherish; our conversation, sharing bits and pieces from our everyday life, planning for things, etc., was a big part of our family. The Bible also highlights the significance of eating together. In the ancient Jewish culture, coming to the table and eating together as a matter of spirituality. It required them to keep the Old Testament dietary laws and also maintain table etiquette by staying ceremonially clean. Without going into the details of the dietary laws of the Bible, let me explain why we should dine together as a family or church small group.

1) Getting to Know Each other Food or hard liquor, are somehow more appealing to people and thus brings people closer. We can see how quickly food or drink can turn perfect strangers to connect and relate to each other as if they had known each other for ages. When we invite someone or go with a group to eat together, we talk. Don’t we? As we talk, we also start opening up. That helps us to know about each other. Knowing each other is important to bond in a relationship, thus it fosters warmth and a sense of belonging. It also helps a new member of the group connect to the core group members. I see the invitation to the table as a genuine effort to know them personally. Knot

2) Strengthen Communication Communication is vital in every relationship. As we come to eat together, we may talk about a wide variety of topics that interests people at the table once we get to know each other. Everyone in the group can be asked about their input on certain things or simply carry on casual conversation. Next, getting to know each other also helps us to open up more and communicate about one’s well-being. When we listen to each other or show interest in someone’s story, it demonstrates that the person is valued and his or her ideas or opinions do matter in the group or family. Honest communication can be very meaningful to strengthen the relationship in a family or church small-groups. When we are open to talking, we can express ourselves and accordingly plan things for the best interest of the group. Eating together now means we are not merely communicating ideas at the table but also learning from each other at the same time. This can be a unifying experience for all involved members of the small group.


| Eating together can be a head start to begin to know someone and garner a relationship that is built on trust and carried on by honest communication which promotes sharing.|


3) Strengthen Relationship Eating together can set a tone for carrying out meaningful conversations. Opening up and communicating graciously and honestly builds up each other and overcomes division and rifts that ever existed. It brings healing to broken hearts and renews and strengthens relationships. Eating together just gives you a sense of intimacy. To have this sense of gratitude and belonging in the group is to have confidence in members of the small group. In this sense, we hold each other accountable.

4) Promote Sharing Ministry is teamwork. Any group that maintains a healthy relationship with group members, and communicates effectively and in clarity will most likely succeed in the mission or ministry. Sharing requires the trust of each other in the group. Without having known each other and bonded with group members, people cannot merely share their lives, issues, struggles, or anything personal. The level of trust in the group determines how much one is ready and open to sharing. Therefore, the idea of sharing your personal life and struggles with someone certainly requires that you can trust and count on the person or group you are with. Eating together can be a head start to beginning to know someone and garner a relationship that is built on trust and carried on by honest communication which promotes sharing. So, be sure to include others, since the Gospel narratives make known Christ too many times around the table with bread and wine.

Seminary Scholarship


Just as the SeminaryScholarship says that “Going to Seminary is expensive,” indeed, it is very expensive. If you enroll for M.Div, it’s going to be even more costly due to its credit hours that is between 92-96. For a normal full-time student would take 4 years to complete the degree. There are certain things like room and board are going to become a straw that breaks a camel’s back when you come out as a graduate from the seminary. You and I are most likely to owe $40,000.00 when we can call ourselves the graduates of Master’s in Divinity from this or that seminary!

Finding a scholarship can be really tiring. Sometimes, we just don’t know where to go and look for scholarships. Search on any online search engine brings swaths of search results that have a word “scholarship”. Some of them might not even be relevant to what we are looking for. But when I found this website in Faithlife‘s blog today, I applied for the scholarship. All I had to do was watch a short video and answer few questions about your personal information and previous school and what you hope to do after finishing your school. This took me only 5 minutes to do it.

Seminary Scholarship is giving away a $1,000.00 scholarship and a digital theological library to the winners. The best part of this scholarship program is that if you put my name as the person who referred you when you apply, and if you win the scholarship, both of us could get a $1,000.00 scholarship and digital theological library. So, do us both a favor and go apply for the Seminary Scholarship today.

Biblical Nuggets: Deacon


Deacon: Derived from the New Testament Greek word for servant or minister, the office of deacon has always been one of service to the congregation and its leaders, presbyters, priests and bishops. Following a rite described in Acts 6 in which “seven men of good standing” were appointed, deacons have traditionally been ordained. In the Pastoral Epistles of the New Testament, deacons function in ministerial work, often in service to the poor. In the *Post-Nicene church, deacons assisted in worship but would not preside in the eucharistic service. Deacons serve in Protestant denominations in a wide variety of roles. Among Baptists, for example, the board of deacons functions much as the board of elders in other fellowships.


Nathan P. Feldmeth. Pocket Dictionary of Church History (Kindle Locations 564-568). Kindle Edition.