The seventh chapter of Nehemiah is mostly the "genealogy of them which came up at first". According to one commentary the document that Nehemiah found was most likely the one written or used by Ezra, but that is not my focus in my blog today. I want to concentrate on Nehemiah 7:1 - 2...
Now it came to pass, when the wall was built, and I had set up the doors, and the porters and the singers and the Levites were appointed,
That I gave my brother Hanani, and Hananiah the ruler of the palace, charge over Jerusalem: for he was a faithful man, and feared God above many.
A leader is only going to be effective if he surrounds himself with other good leaders. It is essential that the one that is at the top to be self confident with an awareness that his subordinates may have more talents and abilities. The Bible states that Nehemiah appointed men to have "charge over Jerusalem". In appointing Hanani and Hananiah, Nehemiah was getting faithful men that feared God. These character traits should be essential for any church leader.
The old saying is "cream rises to the top". I believe that this statement speaks a great amount of truth and is the most effective filter in choosing leaders. Often times, people fulfill roles due to necessity, but the true leaders will eventually rise because of their actions not their resume'. As a leader, I want people to "charge the hill" with me because they know that I will get them to the top. As a follower, I want to charge behind those that I trust will lead me with Godly principles while taking me to the place I need to be. I do not follow those that compromise or waver, but those that remain strong in what I know to be true. It is essential for me to lead knowing that I continue in the path of those men that have gone before me that have waved the banner of truth without compromise.