“Sustaining Leadership Practices for Church Growth in Cambodia” / Part 12 /

1.1              3.4. Controlling 

One might say that controlling is part of the management function that aims to achieve the goals. Then it seems that controlling and planning have the same managerial functions. According to the popular concept, “Rule of an undertaking consists to see that all thing are being carried out in accordance with the plan which has been adopted, the orders that have had given, and the policy that have been laid it down. Its objective was point out the wrong.” Returning back to the Nehemiah’s plan , we found out that Nehemiah did not use any controlling scheme. Kenneth, however, argued that “it is a good way to set the process of monitoring, comparing, and correcting work performance. Effective controls ensure the tasks are finished in the direction of attaining the goals.”[2] But according to my personal understanding, somehow, too many actives in controlling, and comparing is also no good for leadership and management fields, particularly when we apply this in the church. Normally, controversy and conflict just happen because of leaders take too many actions by controlling and check the mistake of their worker’s task. 

2.                 4. Leadership and management technique

Nehemiah was one of the potential and great leaders in the bible history. What made him become a great leader? According to, Thomas, the Old Testament scholar emphasizes that Nehemiah was a leader that full of prayers, consideration, single-minded of purpose, outstanding, commitment to his jobs and trusted on God. Nehemiah deserves to be labelled as the servant of God.[3] Besides these, by looking at his leadership and management technique, we can say that he was a flexible skillful leader that full of the ability to lead people, talk to people, deep relationship with colleagues, admired people’s works and used them accordingly to their skills and talents. Nehemiah was a leader that full of techniques in leadership. Somehow, his management practices, style, and technique are studied and applied by many church leaders and pastors. Moreover, the worldly leaders and business scholars also use his leadership techniques in order to assist and develop their companies and organizations. Garry Rollins and Melvin Holder say that “For those  unbelievers  institutions, he can also be used as historical or literary confirmation of early management implementation of modern management theory.”[4]

3.                  5. Summary

As mentioned above, we found out that the study of Nehemiah’s in leadership and management is the account that is more than a collection of minor facts; it is the principle which church leader and pastor could apply to this present time projects: instead of building the wall, they can begin to build a new church; instead of building the gates, they can build new facilities; instead of touring around the Jerusalem wall, they can launch a mission outreach and so forth. Some other crucial parts that leaders cannot miss in their leadership fields are the four dimensions of management: namely planning, organizing, leading, and controlling. In additional, motivation, empowerment, mission-driven, communication skills and passion for leading are the enrichment for practical leadership techniques.

 Recurring ideas, pivotal phrases, summary statements and spiritual characteristics all offer a theme for us to learn. For instance, we might learn from Nehemiah’s model how a leader can motivate people; he apparently did this by enlisting most workers to build near their own homes[5]. On the other hand, from Nehemiah’s careful record of personal names, we see a leader who noticed individuals; he knew their names and noted their achievements.[6] Last but not least, we can say that being a church leader, one is not only a great leader from his or her techniques and skills in leadership but he or she must be a grateful spiritual leader. On the spiritual level we know that now, as then, physical situations can affect spiritual well-being.[7] Limited resources or direct opposition can challenge the plans of believers now just as surely as opponents challenged the Jews back then.[8] The details of the Jew'’ encounter offer examples for us, showing us how to meet and overcome such obstacles.

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