Nehemiah: The Marks of a Christian Leader (Old Testament)

Course number: DEBS1211 • Credit hours: 3 hrs


Distance Education Course: The life and times of Nehemiah provide the basis for study in this introductory leadership course.

Course Description: The IBOLT course Nehemiah is based on Christian leadership insight and principles as evidenced by this remarkable Old Testament leader. TheNew American Commentary on Ezra, Nehemiah and Esther by Mervin Breneman is used by both the course developer and by the student to unearth these principles.  The Principle of the Path by Andy Stanley is used for its practical application of the leadership principles Nehemiah gives us. The sub-title captures the essence of this course. Author Andy Stanley suggests we must start living in the right direction with “the principle of the path”.

Course Textbook: 

  1. Breneman, Mervin: New American Commentary – An Exegetical and Theological Exposition of Holy Scripture on Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther(Volume 10), B&H Publishing Group, Nashville, Tennessee, 2009.
  2. Stanley, Andy: The Principle of the Path – How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be, Thomas Nelson, Nashville, Tennessee, 2011.

    Instructor:  Gerry Johnson

Biography:Gerry has served in pastoral ministry for 18 years, as Communications Director for the Overseas Missions Division of the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada, President of Vanguard College, and as Executive Director of Mission of Mercy Canada. He currently serves as Senior Associate Pastor at Mill Woods Assembly in Edmonton. Gerry enjoys Friday ‘date night’ with his wife Karen, home renovations and a refreshing Brown Cow (half milk and half root beer) on a hot summer day.

Diploma in Theology, Bachelor of Arts in Theology (Pastoral Studies) Vanguard College;
Honors M.A. in Leadership and Management, Briercrest Seminary