The Time of Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther
Leadership Principles from Nehemiah
Scripture presents numerous role models for leadership. Few, however, are as fully developed as the example of Nehemiah. Under authority from King Artaxerxes I, he returned to Jerusalem to rebuild the city, beginning with its broken-down wall. Numerous principles of effective leadership stand out in the account, including the following:Leaders Have a Sense of Mission (Neh. 1:5)
• Leaders Leverage Their Power (2:5)
• Leaders Conduct Research (2:12)
• Leaders Build Community (2:17–18)
• Leaders Adapt to Adversity (4:8–9)
• Leaders Resist Underhanded Politics (6:5–9)
• Leaders Serve People (7:1)
• Leaders Celebrate Often (8:1)
For further discussion, see Neh. 1:5; 2:12; 4:8–9; 6:5–9; 8:1.
Word in life study Bible . 1997, c1996 (electronic ed.) (Neh 1.4). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.
Nehemiah the Servant
How Nehemiah used prayer
Two great journeys of Israel
A. REBUILDING THE WALL (1:1-7:3)
Nehemiah returns to Jerusalem
Nehemiah leads the people
B. REFORMING THE PEOPLE (7:73-13:31)
Ezra renews the covenant
Nehemiah establishes policies
Nehemiah's life is an example of leadership and organization. Giving up a comfortable and wealthy position in Persia, he returned to the fractured homeland of his ancestors and rallied the people to rebuilt Jerusalem's wall. in the face of opposition, he used wise defense measures to care for the people and to keep the project moving. To accomplish more for the sake of God's Kingdom, we must pray, persevere, and sacrifice, as did Nehemiah.
After the wall was rebuilt, Ezra read the law to the people, bringing about national repentance. Nehemiah and Ezra were very different people, yet God used them both to lead the nation. Remember, there is a place for you in God's work even if you're different from most people. God uses each person in a unique way to accomplish his purposes.