15 Influential Christian Leadership Quotes

Encouraging quotes for church leaders

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What is a Christian Leader?

To be a Christian leader within the church calls a person to a higher level of accountability and maturity. I have chosen quotes from Christian authors, pastors, and others who exhibit these qualities in this list of Christian leadership quotes.

In our society that places such a high level of emphasis on fame, fortune, and power, there is a real need to understand what true Christian leadership is and what qualities God looks for in Christian leaders.

These encouraging quotes for church leaders will help you learn what it truly means to be a leader in the kingdom of God.

Christian Leadership Quote From The Bible

Romans 12:6-8

In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. 7 If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. 8 If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.

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15 Christian Leadership Quotes That Have Influenced My Life

Use power to help people. For we are given power not to advance our own purposes nor to make a great show in the world, nor a name. There is but one just use of power and it is to serve people. George Bush

Father, make of me a crisis man. Bring those I contact to decision. Let me not be a milepost on a single road; make me a fork, that men must turn one way or another on facing Christ in me. Jim Elliot

How could I get up there and say, ‘People, we’ve got to do better,’ when I was the poster child for everything that was wrong? I’ve always believed leaders don’t ask others to do what they’re unwilling to do. Mike Huckabee

Nobody is fit to be a leader unless he would rather be a follower instead of a leader. Jack Hyles

A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd. Max Lucado

A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way. John C. Maxwell

According to Scripture, virtually everything that truly qualifies a person for leadership is directly related to character. It’s not about style, status, personal charisma, clout, or worldly measurements of success. Integrity is the main issue that makes the difference between a good leader and a bad one. John MacArthur

According to the Bible, a leader is first and foremost a servant. His concern is not for himself; his concern is not to give orders, to boss other people around, to have his own way. His concern is to meet the needs of others. Wayne Mack

Spiritual leadership is knowing where God wants people to be and taking the initiative to get them there by God’s means in reliance on God’s power. John Piper

We put men into pulpits because they have degrees. But you can have 32 of them and still be frozen! Leonard Ravenhill

Indignation and compassion form a powerful combination. They are indispensable to vision, and therefore to leadership. John Stott

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. John Quincy Adams

A true and safe leader is likely to be one who has no desire to lead, but is forced into a position of leadership by the inward pressure of the Holy Spirit and the press of the external situation. A.W. Tozer

The Church has tried to marry the New Testament model of leadership with corporate & professional models. The marriage hasn’t worked to well as primary reliance on professional management tools replaces reliance on the presence, initiative & guidance we can only gain through His Spirit. John Wimber

In Church leadership we must remember that organization must be subservient to the organism. No one wants to join something they have to be subservient to, but rather we want to join something where we will realize our potential. John Wimber

The Most Important Christian Quote About Leadership

But among you it will be different. Those who are the greatest among you should take the lowest rank, and the leader should be like a servant. Jesus Christ

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Final Thoughts About Being A Christian Leader

As you can see, being a Christian leader and showing true biblical leadership is entirely different from the leadership styles that are used in the world.

I pray that God uses these Christian leadership quotes to develop in you the heart of the servant leader just as Jesus was.

Please feel free to use these quotes to bring some uplifting words for your pastor or as quotes for pastors appreciation day.

What are some of your favorite Christian quotes about leadership? Please share them in the comment section below so that others can become better leaders by reading them or find inspirational words for a pastor they know.

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