Heartland Church Pastor Joel Spiridigliozzi - Getting on the Same Page

Heartland Church pastor Joel Spiridigliozzi preached the 4th part of his Fuelled by Vision, which is based on the book of Nehemiah. Part 4 is titled Getting on the Same Page.

These notes are directly from the sermon notes given out at church.

Lessons Learned From Team Nehemiah

1. Leaders lead by example (Neh 3:1)

Eliashib the high priest and his fellow priests went to work and rebuilt the Sheep Gate (even the priests labored diligently on the project). They dedicated it and set its doors in place, building as far as the Tower of the Hundred, which they dedicated, and as far as the Tower of Hananel.

2. Teamwork gives you the best opportunity to turn vision into reality

The Fish Gate was rebuilt by the sons of Hassenaah. They laid its beams and put its doors and bolts and bars in place.

3. Always expect some to remain as spectators. (3:5)

The next section was repaired by the men of Tekoa (they already completed a previous section), but their nobles would not put their shoulders to the work under their supervisors.

4. Everyone can be a valuable contributor to the team (3:12)

Shallum son of Hallohesh, ruler of a half-district of Jerusalem, repaired the next section with the help of his DAUGHTERS.

5. Attitude makes a big difference (3:20)

Next to him, Baruch son of Zabbai zealously repaired another section, from the angle to the entrance of the house of Eliashib the high priest.

6. Good team members don't allow their circumstances to deter them from a bright future (3:30)

Next to him, Hananiah son of Shelemiah, and Hanun, the sixth son of Zalaph (where were the 5 other sons?), repaired another section. Next to them, Meshullam son of Berekiah made repairs opposite his living quarters.

7. Good team members grow in character when they are in a slump (3:27)

Next to them, the men of Tekoa repaired ANOTHER section, from the great projecting tower to the wall of Ophel.

8. Nothing worth doing comes easy (4:6, 21)

So we rebuilt the wall till all of it reached half its height, for the people worked with all their heart.

So we continued the work with half the men holding spears, from the first light of dawn till the stars came out. (LONG day)

9. Leaders need to lead


- Unrealistic expectations

- Competitive Spirit

"The best team doesn't always win - it's usually the team that gets along the best." John Maxwell

"We have not come to compete with one another. We have come to complete one another." Bill McCartney

-Hidden Agendas

"If a team is to reach its potential, each player must be willing to subordinate his personal goals to the good of the team." Bud Wilkinson

- Inflexibility

- Lack of communication or mishandled communication

When you have a concern always communicate 'up', never 'sideways' or 'down'.

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