Leadership (1Kings-Ezra) Morgan McHone Abby Nylen Sarah Peterson Elizabeth Robinson

Our Presentation is on 1 & 2 Kings, 1 & 2 Chronicles, and Ezra. These books are focused on the leadership and how it affected the people throughout the country. As Christians we are to be the hands and feet of Jesus. As social workers we can potentially be leaders to our clients. Are we doing this in a Christ like manner?

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1 Kings

Main events that take place during this book are David’s death, Solomon's reign, the division of the kingdom (both spiritually and physically)
Solomon started off strong in his faith and turning to God during difficult times but eventually in chapter 11 we learn that Solomon eventually turned his heart away from the Lord.
The second half of this book focuses on the divided Kingdom, The northern tribes revolt which forms two different nations.
Each nation experiences hardship and difficult times because the Kings may focus was on their own success and their own desires. God deals with each King Individually
Elijah eventually comes onto the scene and confronts the kings of their sin…

2 Kings

Events that took place: Division of Southern Kingdom; Elijah’s ministry given to another prophet; The Assyrians take the Northern Kingdom into captivity; ELijah is a leader/mentor to Elisha
2Kings 19:17-19 “Truly, O Lord, the kings of Assyria have laid waste the nations and their lands and have cast their gods into the fire, for they were not gods, but the work of men's hands, wood and stone. Therefore they were destroyed. So now, O Lord our God, save us, please, from his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that you, O Lord, are God alone.” (ESV)

1 Chronicles

1 Chronicles describes a lot of lineage. In Chapter 10 King Saul was killed and David becomes King soon after. David relied on the Lord through the majority of his time as King and stayed in tune with Gods plan.

2 Chronicles

Israel and Judah were constantly at war because of their evil rulers and bad leadership.…

God will not let evil go on forever. He cares about justice: “Now let the fear of the Lord be on you. Judge carefully, for with the Lord our God there is no injustice or partiality or bribery.” 2 Chronicles 19:7 (NIV)
“If my people will humble themselves and pray, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14 (NLT)
Why did the Israelites get exiled?: They did not walk in God’s ways; They had evil kings and poor leadership; They were defeated by the Babylonians and became servants in their country.


Purpose: To show God’s faithfulness and the way he kept his promise to restore his people to their land. (NIV Study Bible)
Ezra name means “help” and how whole life was dedicated to the Lord. Ezra was a wise man and relied on God for all decisions.
Ezra’s goal was to get the people back to their land, Jerusalem. The only way he knew how to do that was to obey God and trust him and pray for the people.

Refugees today

10 Origins of People Applying for Asylum in Europe: Syria; Afghanistan; Iraq; Kosovo; Albania; Pakistan; Eritrea; Nigeria; Iran; Ukraine

Most popular refugee destinations

Germany, Hungary, and Greece

Currently The United States has put a ban on anyone entering from Syria, and has halted the issuing of Visas to anyone from Iran, Iraq, Yemen, and Libya.

Why are refugees fleeing their countries?

Violence; War; Religious Conflict; Ethnic; Conflict; Terrorism
2 Chronicles 36:15-21 is when the The Israelites go into exile and become like refugees.

There are oppressive leaders today, just like there were in these Bible passages.

Bashar Al-Assad: Known for using chemical weapons against civilians in his own country, massive torture, massive killing of innocent civilians, and no free speech.

Kim Jung Un: no rights to free speech for his people, forced labor camps, citizens not allowed to leave the country.

Whether a social worker is working with a refugee who came from a country with a leader like these or not, they should exhibit strong leadership.

Leaders should be promoting peace, freedom, economic prosperity , and self-determination.

How does this affect the social field?

We must show our potential clients that they have worth; We must be strong leaders; Social Work Core-Values
Ezra’s heart broke for the people and yearned for them to seek God and return back to him. As potential social workers our hearts are going to break for our clients. Obviously we are going to do what needs to be done but the best thing we can do is pray for our clients.

Social Work leadership Definition

Leadership is the capacity to work creatively, constructively, and effectively with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities to promote social justice, catalyze social change, and address individual and social problems. Leaders accomplish this by inspiring vision, offering direction, and supporting individual and collective action in order to obtain mutually valued results.

Roles of Social work in Leadership

Enabler- articulate needs, clarify issues, deal w/problems; Mediator- intervention between parties; Educator- teaching skills Initiator- calls attention to problems; Public speaker

“You must always act in the fear of the Lord with faithfulness and undivided heart” 2 Chronicles 19:9 (NLT)


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