In researching this theme, Nehemiah's name came up quite a bit.
Gallup's definition of Arranger is: People who are especially talented in the Arranger theme can organize, but they also have the flexibility that compliments this ability. They like to figure out how all of the pieces and resources can be arranged for maximum productivity.
Arrangers are known as people who can hold a dozen ping pong balls underwater at the same time. As an orchestra leader, they see music in the chaos of many instruments, people and personality types.
It is an Executing theme. People with dominant Executing themes know how to make things happen. They hunger for getting things done.
What an Arranger wants: "I am going to touch every gear and collaboratively move us forward. I might want to tweak things, not because I'm unhappy, but I think it will be more efficient."
Nehemiah: Few people are familiar with the Biblical figure Nehemiah. But he was instrumental in the rebuilding and reestablishment of Jerusalem in the fifth century BC following the Babylonian exile.
In 586 BC, Nebuchadnezzar and the Babylonian army captured the Jews. Jerusalem was destroyed, the walls were knocked down, and the temple was burned. The people were deported and were forced into slavery and Jerusalem was left in ruins.
In 445/444 BC, Nehemiah was the cup-bearer to the king. After hearing the sad state of affairs of Judah, he had asked King Artaxerxes for permission to return to Jerusalem and rebuild the city. He was given permission and the king even sent him with letters to ensure safe passage and to obtain timber from the king's forest for the gates and walls of Jerusalem.
When he arrived, he surveyed the damage to the entire city (Nehemiah 2:12-15). Then he got to work enlisting the help of the people to quickly repair the breaches in the wall.
Among many things he did, he also:
* replenished resources, assessed the need, recruited workers, inspired confidence, and handled opposition.
* set up guards to defend against the constant thread of their enemies that surrounded the city.
* made nobles and officials forgive all outstanding debts and ordered them to return all land and money that had been taken as taxes so the people would be able to feed themselves and their families.
* made a record and genealogy of all the nobles, officials and people who were living in Judah.
Chapter 3 of Nehemiah is a chapter that is often skipped over. He was able to mobilize and empower over 43 separate groups of people for the rebuilding. He pointed them to the purpose of their work- the glory of God. They weren't just working on walls, they were worshipping God! This chapter shows how the people were working side-by-side.
Things to think about:
- How many different things do you have going on right now? You like to juggle, but make sure the volume you are doing is manageable.
- Volunteer on teams that need multitasks.
- In Bible study, pay attention to stories of how God and others “find a better way”.