An Urban Ministry Exegesis of Nehemiah (part 6 of 6)

June 23, 2012

This is the final post in a six part series titled, An Urban Ministry Exegesis of of Nehemiah. This blog series explores the biblical book of Nehemiah about how a leader starts and leads a successful project. Most of the application is tied to inner city ministry. Here are the first five blog posts:

  1. Introduction
  2. Understanding Nehemiah’s Context
  3. A Vision is Born
  4. Research is Done on the Vision
  5. The Vision is Slowly Shared


The stories of Nehemiah and Enclave Community Church are similar. For over six years we have worked to “rebuild the walls” in our city of Turlock. As a church that originally started as a vision of Pastor Brian Miller—our godly leader—we have made some progress towards community change. But we are still learning and developing our ministry. I hope that Enclave has a similar process of living out a vision to care for the poor just as Nehemiah did.

(for entire blog series)

Bibbs Sr., Alvin C.. A Heart for the Community. Edited by John Fuder and Noel Castellanos. Chicago: Moody Publishers, 2009.

Broadman & Holman Publishers. Holman Book of Biblical Charts, Maps, and Reconstructions. Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1993.

Comfort, Ph.D., Phillip W. and Walter A. Alwell, Ph.D. eds. Tyndale Bible Dictionary: A comprehensive guide to the people, places, and important words of the Bible. Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 2001.

Fuder, John. A Heart for the Community. Edited by John Fuder and Noel Castellanos. Chicago: Moody Publishers, 2009.

Gornik, Mark R.. To Live in Peace: Biblical Faith and the Changing Inner City. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2002.

Kraybill, Donald B. The Upside-Down Kingdom. Scottdale, PA: Herald Press, 1978.

Nicoll, W. Robertson, ed. The Expositor’s Bible. Vol. 2. Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing: 1956.

Smith, Gary V. New Living Translation Study Bible. “The Book of Nehemiah.” Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 2008.

Turlock Convention and Visitors Bureau. “History of Turlock.” Turlock Convention and Visitors Bureau. (accessed March 10, 2012).

Yamauchi, Edwin M. “The Archaeological Background of Nehemiah.” Bibliotheca Sacra (October-December 1980): 291-309.

Christopher L. Scott

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Christopher Scott is Small Groups Pastor at Rocky Hilly Community Church in Exeter, CA. He has more than ten years of experience leading volunteers, running nonprofit programs, and teaching the Bible in small group settings. He holds a bachelor's degree from Fresno Pacific University and master's degree from Dallas Theological Seminary.

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