In this article, we will out check out these awesome Christian leadership quotes. They will encourage you as you grow in your leadership skills and qualities. So, let’s do this!
I love quote collecting and today I want to share some of my favorite Christian Leadership quotes. Now some people look at quotes as a nice little saying and leaves it at that.
But I am a firm believer that a good quote carries truth and can change the way you think. You won’t remember everything your pastor says in their sermon, but you will remember a pithy quote they said.
The reason is that quotes take a large concept and make them short, catchy, and clear. Quotes are powerful and worth your time to read and even write down.
Leadership is something dear to my heart and it’s helpful for Christians to learn and grow in it. I have many other articles on Christian Leadership you can check out. I also recommend checking out John C. Maxwell site. Lots of awesome tips!
Well, enough of that! Let’s take a look at these leadership quotes. Remember to stop and really chew on these nuggets. Even if you feel like you are not a leader or you are not leading at this moment (on a large scale). You can still learn and glean from these quotes. Even if we don’t have a position or title as a leader we still influence people everyday. So, don’t take for granted what God has placed in your life right now.
These quotes will give you truths to become a dynamic and empowering leader for Lord if you put them to practice!
Christian Leadership Quotes
Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, – Matthew 20:26
“Christians everywhere have undiscovered and unused spiritual gifts. The leader must help bring those gifts into the service of the kingdom, to develop them, to marshal their power. Spirituality alone does not make a leader; natural gifts and those given by God must be there too.” – J. Oswald Sanders
“Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne, and I have founded empires. But on what did we rest the creations of our genius? Upon force. Jesus Christ founded his empire upon love; and at this hour millions of men would die for him.” – Napoleon Bonaparte
“A minister may fill his pews, his communion roll, the mouths of the public, but what that minister is on his knees in secret before God Almighty, that he is and no more.” – John Owen
“A true shepherd leads the way. He does not merely point the way.” – Leonard Ravenhill
“God ultimately raises up leaders for one primary reason: His glory. He shows His power in our weakness. He demonstrates His wisdom in our folly. We are all like a turtle on a fence post. If you walk by a fence post and see a turtle on top of it, then you know someone came by and put it there. In the same way, God gives leadership according to His good pleasure.” – Matt Chandler
“I’ve always believed leaders don’t ask others to do what they’re unwilling to do.” – Mike Huckabee
“The test of a preacher is that his congregation goes away saying, not, “What a lovely sermon!” but, “I will do something!” – Francis de Sales
“There is no such thing as a self-made spiritual leader. A true leader influences others spiritually only because the Spirit works in and through him to a greater degree than in those he leads.” – J. Oswald Sanders
“A spiritual leader will first and foremost, have a calling from God. His work will not be his profession, but his calling.” – Zac Poonen
“I think the responsibility of leadership in the church is not to do slick meetings and not to figure out how to get 5,000 people through a facility in a weekend. It is to produce a people like Jesus. Let’s be a people who are actually producing something on the ground that could totally annihilate the enemy in our city. That’s our job!” – Graham Cooke
“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way and shows the way.” – John C. Maxwell
“Jesus said several times, “Come, follow me.” His was a program of “do what I do,” rather than “do what I say.” His innate brilliance would have permitted him to put on a dazzling display, but that would have left his followers far behind. He walked and worked with those he was to serve. His was not a long-distance leadership. He was not afraid of close friendships; he was not afraid that proximity to him would disappoint his followers. The leaven of true leadership cannot lift others unless we are with and serve those to be led.” – Spencer W. Kimball
“Never when in authority rebuke anyone in anger, but only when anger has passed away; and so shall the rebuke bring forth good fruit.” – Teresa of Avila
The first order of things to be changed is me, the leader. After I consider how hard it is to change myself, then I will understand the challenge of trying to change others. This is the ultimate test of leadership. – John Maxwell
“It takes more than a busy church, a friendly church, or even an evangelical church to impact a community for Christ. It must be a church ablaze, led by leaders who are ablaze for God.”
– Wesley L. Duewel
“The authority by which the Christian leader leads is not power but love, not force but example, not coercion but reasoned persuasion. Leaders have power, but power is safe only in the hands of those who humble themselves to serve.” – John Stott
“True greatness, true leadership, is found in giving yourself in service to others, not in coaxing or inducing others to serve you.” – J. Oswald Sanders
“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery
“Don’t just delegate tasks to the next generation. If you delegate tasks, you create followers. Instead, delegate authority to create leaders. – Craig Groeschel
“A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd”. – Max Lucado
“If God can bring blessing from the broken body of Jesus and glory from something that’s as obscene as the cross, He can bring blessing from my problems and my pain and my unanswered prayer. I just have to trust Him.” – Anne Graham Lotz
“The Church has tried to marry the New Testament model of leadership with corporate & professional models. The marriage hasn’t worked too well as primary reliance on professional management tools replaces reliance on the presence, initiative & guidance we can only gain through His Spirit.” – John Wimber
“Stop determining your value by what other people say, instead of what the Word of God says.” – Joyce Meyer
“The very first thing which needs to be said about Christian ministers of all kinds is that they are “under” people as their servants rather than “over” them (as their leaders, let alone their lords). Jesus made this absolutely plain. The chief characteristic of Christian leaders, he insisted, is humility not authority, and gentleness not power.” – John Stotts
“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
BONUS Quotes on Biblical Leadership Quotes
I recently decided to update this page since it’s been a few years. Here are some more quotes for you to enjoy!
“To convert somebody go and take them by the hand and guide them.” – Thomas Aquinas
“The true shepherd spirit is an amalgam of many precious graces. He is hot with zeal, but he is not fiery with passion. He is gentle, and yet he rules his class. He is loving, but he does not wink at sin. He has power over the lambs, but he is not domineering or sharp. He has cheerfulness, but not levity; freedom, but not license; solemnity, but not gloom.” – Charles Spurgeon
“The effectiveness of leadership is measured in terms of influence. When you see someone’s influence reflected so profoundly in the lives of other people, you have identified someone who is by definition a leader.” – John MacArthur
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 fear of the Lord helps us recognize our accountability to God for the stewardship of leadership. It motivates us to seek the Lord’s wisdom and understanding in difficult situations. And it challenges us to give our all to the Lord by serving those we lead with love and humility.” – Paul Chappell
“God uses prisons to train people for future roles of leadership or martyrdom.” – Chuck Colson
“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
“Whenever God has a great task, God raises up a man of equal greatness for that task.” – Jerry Falwell
What Are Some Of Your Favorite Spiritual Leadership Quotes?
If you have read all those Christian Leadership quotes I am sure you are processing some stuff! We can all learn from these men and woman of God and have God mold you into the leader He has called you to be.
Did one of them stick out to you?? Drop me a comment below and let me know what is one of your favorite quotes! I would love to hear how these quotes are impacting you or even being used to help develop other Christian leaders.
Remember becoming a dynamic leader doesn’t happen overnight. But it does happen when you are intentional about your personal growth. Step by step we can grow and learn under God’s guidance and love.
Melissa is a passionate minister, speaker and an ongoing learner of the Bible. She has been involved in church and vocational ministry for over 18 years. And is the founder of Think About Such Things. She has the heart to equip the saints by helping them get into the Word of God and fall more in love with Jesus. She also enjoys family, cooking, and reading.
She has spoken in churches in California, Oregon, Texas, and Mexico and has been featured in Guidepost Magazine and All Recipes Magazine. Read More…