1. Session 4 Devotional: Inspiration

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    I went to Jerusalem, and after staying there three days I set out during the night with a few others. I had not told anyone what my God had put in my heart to do for Jerusalem. There were no mounts with me except the one I was riding on. . . . The officials did not know where I had gone or what I was doing, because as yet I had said nothing to the Jews or the priests or nobles or officials or any others who would be doing the work. Then I said to them, ‘You see the trouble we are in: Jerusalem lies in ruins, and its gates have been burned with fire. Come, let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem, and we will no longer be in disgrace.’ I also told them about the gracious hand of my God on me and what the king had said to me. They replied, ‘Let us start rebuilding.’ So they began this good work.” (Nehemiah 11-12, 16-18 New International Version)

    Nehemiah evaluated the situation in Jerusalem. He found all of the gates and had been destroyed. After he assessed the damage, he called the people to rebuild. The people he was speaking to were in the city. They could see the same broken down gates and walls; they were standing on rubble as he called them to change, but they hadn’t done anything about it before Nehemiah called them to rebuild. There is a sentence between his evaluation and the people’s response that is easily overlooked due to its brevity (see italics) that explains how the people were inspired and motivated to change.

    Is there something in your organization that everyone can see is broken, but no one is fixing? What could you do to influence change?


    Choose one of the following questions for an initial post. In your response post, choose to respond to at least one person who answered the other question.

    Question 1: View the John Maxwell Video The Five Levels of Leadership https://youtu.be/aPwXeg8ThWI (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
    Compare Maxwell’s levels to the to the types of individual power in Table 6.1. In which type(s) of power do you feel you operate when leading others? How does this align with Jesus’ model of leadership?

    Question 2: Considering a change needed in your organization, do you feel your change style fits the type of intervention that would be required and your organization’s culture? Citing the book or academic sources, what are the top three competencies would you need to develop in order to be the change agent who could enact this intervention? Like Nehemiah in Session 4 Devotional: Inspiration, think about the change that is needed and how you could inspire action.

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