Last year 14 people completed our first 6.30 leadership course, based out of the book of 2 Timothy. This year we have shortened the course to seven sessions rather than ten. We’re going to base our course on Nehemiah to see what lessons we can learn from his leadership.
Challenges in leadership
I have written previously on what we can learn from Nehemiah’s leadership, and we’ll be relying heavily on John White’s book Excellence In Leadership: The Pattern Of Nehemiah. Nehemiah found himself in tough times and yet so often a leader emerged when things got tough. He was living in exile, his people (the Jews) were dispersed throughout Persia and his city (Jerusalem) was in tatters. God stirred his heart to come back and lead the rebuilding of the city walls. This is no mean feat and his leadership skills were tested in numerous ways, reflecting the challenges that are still relevant to every leader today. Here are some of the challenges that Nehemiah faced:
- There were practical and resource-based challenges, as he scoped out what was needed to get the job done.
- There were morale challenges, as his team lost heart.
- There were outsider attackers, as his enemies tried to stop the work.
- There were internal challenges, as he ran out of strength and had to rely fully on God.
- There were moral and integrity challenges that Nehemiah faced himself and had to deal with in his team.
Balance in leadership
Nehemiah is a book about both an ordinary leader (there was nothing special about him) and an extraordinary leader (he relied on God’s power in him). But one the things that is striking about Nehemiah’s leadership is it’s balance. As I said before:
Nehemiah is as prayerful as he is strategic, as hard-working as he is dependent on God, as organised as he is personable, as courageous as he is humble.
I pray that we’d find in Nehemiah both an example and an inspiration, as well as practical lessons and inner courage so that we become the leaders God wants us to be today, whether in the church, the workplace, or in our community. Nehemiah’s role was to rebuild and renew Jerusalem, so it could be a blessing to the other nations. The New Testament says that our role is to build and renew the church, so that we can be a blessing to the cities we live in.
Here is an outline of each session, based on the chapters from John White’s book:
- The Leader & Prayer – Nehemiah 1 (25th January)
- The Leader & Organisation – Nehemiah 2 (22nd February)
- The Leader & Hard Work – Nehemiah 3, 4:6, 4:10, 4:21-22 (22nd March) *hand in 1st essay
- The Leader & Opposition from outside – Nehemiah 4 & 6 (12th April)
- The Leader & Opposition from inside – Nehemiah 5 (24th May)
- The Leader & Renewal and Endurance – Nehemiah 8 & 13 (21st June) *hand in 2nd essay
- Leadership Lessons & Reflections – group discussion & testimony (5th July)
The course will take place from 6.30-7.30am on the fourth Wednesday of each month (except session seven) at 28 Bachelors Walk (10 seconds walk from O’Connell Bridge). Each session will be split into two parts:
- 6.30-7am: Upfront teaching from Nehemiah with application for leadership
- 7-7.30am: Discussion and reflection in small groups around tables
Here are the requirements for the course:
- Pay €20 – either in cash through the letter box on a Sunday or online, before the course starts. This covers all our costs to run the course.
- Submit two essays on time, no more than 1000 words (bullet points is fine).
- What lessons have you learnt (so far) from Nehemiah and how does this apply to you and your leadership?
- How have you grown personally (character) and developed as a leader (skills and outlook) this year? How does this align with what you have seen and learnt from Nehemiah?
- Attend seven out of seven sessions. Part of the course will be the table discussions and community that forms from learning together. Apart from unforeseen circumstances, please only commit to the course if you can do all seven sessions.
- Belong to a Life Group or a City Group where you can start to invest in others. This is the first part of being a leader.
- Turn up at 6.25am – we only have one hour, so please be on time. Get your cup of tea/coffee and a pastry and be ready for 6.30am.
Who is it for?
In summary, this course is for anyone who wants to grow in their character, biblical knowledge and gifting; and to grow in those three areas for the sake of serving others. Leadership in the bible is primarily summed up by the term servanthood. So if you want to grow in your ability to serve others and be an agent of change in their life, then 6.30 Leadership is for you.
Here are a few clarifying questions:
- Do I have to be in a position of leadership to be part of the course? No. All we ask is that you are committed to a Life Group or City Group (ideally both!), and are therefore looking to build relationships and invest in others.
- Do I have to have great ambitions for leadership to be part of the course? No. If you want to grow and serve God and others, then we’d love to have you on the course
- Do I have to be a part of Christ City Church to be part of the course? No. This open to all churches and we really welcome others to join and share questions and thoughts, though we ask that you respect any theological or philosophical differences we may have to your church. We understand that you won’t be in a CCC Life Group or City Group so ask that you find the equivalent in your church family.
- Do I have to be a Christian to be part of the course? No. We will be teaching the bible and praying each week and our overarching worldview from which we will be teaching on leadership is that ‘Jesus is Lord.’ If you’re happy with that we’d love for you to join us and to bring your questions and thoughts, though we ask that you respect what we believe.
- What if I feel timid or scared or under-qualified or inadequate or unworthy? Then you’ll be in good company alongside the likes of Moses, David and Timothy. God looks at the inside, not the outside and God loves to use the most unlikely people. If you feel you can commit to the requirements above, then please come along; we’ll be delighted to have you.
There’s a chance to ask any further questions when you sign up, but if there’s something you need to know before that please speak to Steve or email firstname.lastname@example.org.