Leadership from Nehemiah

by Rev. Jim Fryer
(Cincinnati, OH)

My subject Today is Leadership. There are many interactive words that mean close to the same thing: influence, being out front, taking the oversight, superintend, rule (Hebrews 13), etc. Perhaps the most used book in the Bible is that of Nehemiah. It isn’t an exhaustive study but close to it. Here are some insights from it.

1. You have to have a willingness to lead even when no one else is willing

2. You have to have courage to lead where others don’t want to go

3. You have to be confident in the task/vision

4. You have to delegate duties to other leaders – organize

5. You have to expect battles that hinder the progress

6. You have to allow the end vision determine you commitment

7. You have to know when to fight back and when to ignore others

As I said there are many others found on this subject. Oddly enough, they still function in our church life today. This is a good read for anyone who wants to lead others rather than to “take them where they want to go.”

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