“Sustaining Leadership Practices for Church Growth in Cambodia” / Part 10 /

1.1              3.2. Organizing 

Teamwork and motivation are going to present in this part, for they engage in leadership practices. As we have discussed above, the clear objective, ways analyses the situation of the mission and doing plan setting in order to make the project succeed; all must be tied up to the performance, action, implementation and evaluation of the plan. To this engagement, Nehemiah arranged and put people into different groups according to their skills and talents and motivated them to involve all the process of building.


Truly, it is needed many teams works in order to rebuild Jerusalem wall.  Without a team, it is unexpected to complete the construction on time. As recorded, there were over forty sections of wall and ten different pieces of the gate that needed to be constructed; therefore, the construction work must be involved with many different background and interest of people. To organize well, it is required lots of commitment and effort, and Nehemiah could do it well. As the same taken, Nehemiah even recognized his colleagues and teammates by names, professions and as well as their geographical location. People were grouped into the manageable teams with the similarity of background, skills and experiences. We cannot see any people worked by individually. People just worked by the team, because the empowerment of the teamwork was very potential. Therefore, Nehemiah just used the team structure theory in order to organize the stronger teamwork in this building project. Normally, teamwork always discussed deeply and come up with the best of ideas before they decide to work out any task. Moreover, teamwork will take much responsibility for their performance. Indeed, there are many advantages of using teamwork, for they can involve, sustain and empower over the barriers among functional areas. Somehow, according to the discussion among Stephen P Robbins & Mary Coulter, concluded that “the chain of command will be unclear and there are pressures on teams to perform.”[1] It is very true that some information will be misunderstood or controversy will have occurred, yet teamwork is the most powerful way to accomplish the bigger task.


Nehemiah was one of the outstanding and motivator leaders because he did care about knowing and recognizing people’s names. He also recorded to those who were lazy to work and those who were hard-working. This was truly one of most motivations, for a leader that paid so much attention to his or her workers’ identities. Particularly, under the tough situation where there was much opposition. Similarly, under the hardship time of economic circumstances, every leader needs to keep open or build a stronger relationship with employees; by establishing the simple objective and keep everyone stays focused are the importance of motivating. Robbins and Coulter emphasize that “Creating a caring atmosphere that let the employees feel the leaders or the organization care about them and also encouraging words are important.”[2] I do agree that having openly appreciation is believed to be one of the motivating approaches; especially in any local church or non-profit making organization in which money seldom be the motivating agents.

Last but not least, in the project of the building we just found out that some people were willing to do extra jobs after finishing their own tasks; they just worked more than their leader expected. For example, there were Mere-moth (3:4 & 21), the men of Tekoa (3:5 & 27) and Shallun (3:15) all were willing to do extra jobs, for they were got so much encouragement, inspirations, appreciations and motivations from their leader. According to the biblical recording, it was not mentioned whether the workers got paid from their jobs or not, but it is just believed that money is not the motivator of the wall reconstruction. If this is the case, we may say that in order to reach the goal of each team; surely, that the motivational factors are the main reason that killed people’s heart to do extra works after they have achieved their goals. The other motivation is their identities because they are the Jewish.[3] So rebuilding the wall it looked like they are building their own homes again after the destruction. On the other term, it is because Jerusalem city is the temple of God. Therefore, the reconstruction of the wall also signifies the reconstruction of their identity. I believe that this cultural motivator also plays an important fiddle in the process.

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