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Church Leadership Quotes


"Leadership in church is one of the biggest challenges that the Church is facing because without strong leadership, the church rarely lives out its redemptive potentials." - Bill Hybels

"Spiritual leadership should remain spiritual leadership and the temporal power should not become too important in any church." - Eleanor Roosevelt

"In every growing church you will find leadership that is not afraid to believe God." - Rick Warren

"Prayer-leadership preserves the spirituality of the Church, just as prayerless leaders make for unspiritual conditions." - Edward Mckendree Bounds

"Leadership is action, not position" - Donald McGannon

"The secular mind and heart, however gifted and personally charming, has no place in the leadership of the church." - J. Oswald Sanders

"Leadership is an action, not a position." - Donald McGannon

"Over the years, I have studied church history as well as the contemporary church, and I noticed how rare it is for a God-glorifying transition of leadership to take place in a local church." - C J Mahaney

"The Church in England is the Church of England." - Joseph Barber Lightfoot

"Nothing lasts but the Church." - George Herbert

"Barna is correct when he writes, "After fifteen years of diligent digging into the world around me, I have reached several conclusions about the future of the Christian church in America. The central conclusion is that the American church is dying due to lack of strong spiritual leadership. In this time of unprecedented opportunity and plentiful resources, the church is actually losing influence. The primary reason is the lack of leadership. Nothing is more important than leadership."7" - Ed Stetzer

"The Church will never reach her full redemptive potential until men and women with the leadership gift step up and lead." - Bill Hybels

"A wife is to submit graciously to the servant leadership of her husband even as the church willingly submits to the headship of Christ." - Mike Huckabee

"Servanthood does not nullify leadership; it defines it. Jesus does not cease to be the Lion of Judah when He becomes the lamblike servant of the church." - John Piper

"The Divine Thing that made itself the foundation of the Church does not seem, to judge by his comments on the religious leadership of his day, to have hoped much from officers of a church." - Charles Williams

"The church wasn't an organization in the first century. They weren't writing checks or buying property. The church has matured and developed over the years. But for some reason, the last thing to change is the structure of leadership." - Andy Stanley

"I think it's so important that the church displays what it can look like to be "one." Our society can be so fragmented, and there's an opportunity for the worshipping church to give some leadership into that area." - Matt Redman

"Dave Stark has taken the best of recent marketplace management concepts and married them to timeless biblical principles of leadership, translating business jargon into ministry language. The combination is an encouraging and practical guide to Christ-centered ministry leadership. This book will be helpful to anyone involved in leading a church or serious about modeling servant leadership." - Jonathan Reckford

"Leadership cannot really be taught. It can only be learned." - Harold Geneen

"Leadership must first and foremost meet the needs of others." - Robert K Greenleaf

"Leadership, like swimming, cannot be learned by reading about it." - Henry Mintzberg

"Church should be enjoyed, not endured." - Brian Houston

"Went to church and fasted all day." - George Washington

"There is no salvation outside the church." - Saint Augustine

"A Gothic church is a petrified religion." - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

"You can't have Christ without the Church," - Pope Francis

"Take away the Mass, destroy the Church." - Martin Luther

"The New Birth church is a church unto itself who has a board and it has a membership. How they choose to handle their leadership issues it's not something that we can control regardless of which side you stay on that issue. It is their church issue and their responsibility and their response. And I'm saying what I always said that we should just keep on praying for the New Birth church family." - T D Jakes

"My church [Catholisism] is hurting from arrogance and from its indifference to the suffering of children that were abused and the inclination of the leadership to protect the institution, rather than the children." - Mark Shields

"Other men look to him as someone to emulate. His church calls on him for strength and leadership. He is a preserver of culture and a champion of society to keep out evil and usher in good." - Tony Evans

"No matter what the realm of leadership - the home, the workplace, the church, or the community - the vision is crucial. Leaders must funnel their faith into action so that life-changing results." - Phil Pringle

"I watched my parents in their leadership callings in the Church and the community. We just grew up knowing that we should serve and do whatever we could do to make things grow." - Margaret D Nadauld

"The intelligence investigation under the leadership of Senator Church, which I know has helped cause this investigation by you, points out that the agencies did not disclose certain facts to us and that certain plots were going on." - John Sherman Cooper

"Beginning under the Roman Empire, intellectual leadership in the West had been provided by Christianity. In the middle ages, who invented the first universities - in Paris, Oxford, Cambridge? The church." - Nancy Pearcey

"Where Christ erecteth his church, the divell in the same church-yarde will have his chappell." - Richard Bancroft

"The Church is the Church only when it exists for others." - Dietrich Bonhoeffer

"It helps certain church leaders identify the fact that they have the spiritual gift of leadership that the Bible talks about in Romans 12:8. Once you understand that God has given a gift, then training becomes more seriously. When you receive better training, you become more effective in the leadership position that God has assigned to you." - Bill Hybels

"Not all civil servants admire strong political leadership. But if you want to change things for the better you need strong political leadership." - Harriet Harman

"I wonder what really goes on in the minds of Church leadership who know of the data concerning the Book of Abraham, the new data on the First Vision, etc.... It would tend to devastate the Church if a top leader were to announce the facts." - Thomas Ferguson

"The responsibility of building leadership in the Church belongs to the father and the mother. . . . As youth grow and mature through their teenage years and move toward adulthood, the Church picks up an important role in this process of giving youth an opportunity to lead, but it begins in the home." - Dieter F. Uchtdorf

"In my leadership conferences, pastors ask, "Do you have a vision for my church?" Many times they want me to give them a picture of where they should go and what their church should look like. When these pastors do this, I always feel bad." - John C Maxwell

"I do not believe in the creed professed by the Jewish church, by the Roman church, by the Greek church, by the Turkish church, by the Protestant church, nor by any church that I know of. My own mind is my own church." - Thomas Paine

"Leadership is the art of accomplishing more than the science of management says is possible." - Colin Powell

"Leadership consists not in degrees of technique but in traits of character." - Lewis H Lapham

"Leadership is the ability to get extraordinary achievement from ordinary people." - Brian Tracy

"Without leadership, command is a hollow experience, a vacuum often filled with mistrust and arrogance.." - Eric Shinseki

"Dare to go forward. Courage is the mark of greatness in leadership" - Brian Tracy

"Leadership is an opportunity to serve. It is not a trumpet call to self- importance." - Goswami Kriyananda

"Leadership comes with consistency." - Junior Seau

"Popularity is not leadership." - Richard Marcinko

"Leadership is about empathy." - Oprah Winfrey

"Expand the leadership." - Morton Blackwell

"American leadership is essential." - Hillary Clinton

"Consensus negates leadership." - Margaret Thatcher

"Leadership is solving problems." - Colin Powell

"Leadership is like parenting." - Simon Sinek

"Leadership is influence." - John C Maxwell

"Example is leadership." - Albert Schweitzer

"In any leadership position, you're always going to be disappointing somebody." - Biz Stone

"A lighthouse is more useful than a church." - Benjamin Franklin

"You can't save souls in an empty church." - David Ogilvy

"My church accepts all denominations - fivers, tenners, twenties." - Dave Allen

"The divorce between church and state should be absolute." - James A Garfield

"Built God a church and laughed His word to scorn." - William Cowper

"Liberal Catholics are the worst enemies of the Church." - Pope Pius IX

"I'm from the church, my dad was a pastor's kid." - Wyclef Jean

"Welcome to the Church of the Holy Cabbage. Lettuce pray." - Anonymous

"The church is the great lost and found department." - Robert Short

"And I believe one Catholick and Apostolick Church." - The Book of Common Prayer

"I kissed her.... It was like being in church." - James M Cain

"The church is not the way to heaven; the church is the sign that points to heaven." - Adrian Rogers

"By the time we get to church, I need church cuz I've been yelled at by everyone in the family." - Jeff Foxworthy

"The political structure in different countries has different origins, different developments. Something which suits one country extremely well would perhaps fail completely in another. Germany, through the long centuries of monarchy, has always had a leadership principle. ... The position of the Catholic Church rests now, as before, on the clear leadership principle of its hierarchy. And I think I can also say that of Russia, too." - Hermann Goring

"Leadership in the church is not entrusted to successful fund raisers, brilliant biblical scholars, administrative geniuses, or spellbinding preachers...but to those who have been laid waste by a consuming passion for Christ - passionate men and women for whom privilege and power are trivial compared to knowing and loving Jesus." - Brennan Manning

"Is the leadership of the worldwide church in the hands of men and women who know how to lead others one by one to Jesus Christ? We are so concerned with planning and administration that there is a danger lest we allow these things to serve as an excuse for not doing the one thing on which all else depends." - Stephen Neill

"Since the Icelandic volcano obviously needs a virgin sacrifice and the Catholic Church obviously needs new leadership the Pope must volunteer to jump in the volcano. Pontiff, don't think of it as endorsing paganism, think of it as supersizing Ash Wednesday." - Bill Maher

"When a human body is out of balance we call that disease.... Likewise, when the body of Christ becomes unbalanced, disease occurs.... Health will occur only when everything is brought back into balance. The task of church leadership is to discover and remove growth-restricting diseases and barriers so that natural, normal growth can occur." - Rick Warren

"The Church expects that each of us carry a share of the burden of leadership. There is no paid clergy. The work is done because of a love of the cause. And as people serve, they grow in capacity. The time and effort is not a sacrifice because there is returned more than is given." - Gordon B Hinckley

"If you don't want to have gay weddings in Mormon churches, that's fine. That's absolutely up to the members of the faith or the leadership of the faith. I would never suggest that the Mormon Church has to consecrate gay unions. But homosexuality runs at a fairly constant rate through all populations. There are many gay Mormons." - Andrew Solomon

"The leadership lost its nerve. Instead of taking the lead in the reform movement... they pulled the plug on it. They tried and are still trying to return the church to the dry ice of the previous century and a half." - Andrew Greeley

"Religion is so focused on family. These days, for many people, being gay is also focused on family. The Mormon Church is especially focused on family, and I'd have hoped, therefore, that the Mormon Church would especially have celebrated how all of these people who might have been lonely and suicidal and childless are now able to lead this other life. I would have thought it would be a cause for immense celebration. Instead it has been, obviously, a cause of great concern to the Church and its leadership." - Andrew Solomon

"If there is anything I would like to be remembered for it is that I helped people understand that leadership is helping other people grow and succeed. To repeat myself, leadership is not just about you. It's about them" - Jack Welch

"The only real training for leadership is leadership." - Antony Jay

"The leadership spirit comes with a spirit of leadership." - Myles Munroe

"Servant Leadership is the only leadership that ultimately works." - Dave Ramsey

"Bosses push, Leaders pull. Real leadership is servant leadership." - Dave Ramsey

"Leadership, leadership is about taking responsibility, not making excuses." - Mitt Romney

"Leadership - leadership is about taking responsibility, not making excuses." - Mitt Romney

"In the great mass of our people there are plenty individuals of intelligence from among whom leadership can be recruited." - Herbert Hoover

"Great leadership usually starts with a willing heart, a positive attitude, and a desire to make a difference." - Mac Anderson

"Leadership is based on a spiritual quality; the power to inspire, the power to inspire others to follow" - Vince Lombardi

"Leadership appears to be the art of getting others to want to do something you are convinced should be done" - Vance Packard

"Leadership should be born out of the understanding of the needs of those who would be affected by it" - Marian Anderson

"Leadership is demonstrated at the moment of need. You learn to be a leader by acting, by doing" - Carlos Ghosn

"The main characteristics of effective leadership are intelligence, integrity or loyalty, mystique, humor, discipline, courage, self sufficieny and confidence." - James Fisher

"Good coaching is about leadership and instilling respect in your players. Dictators lead through fear - good coaches do not." - John Wooden

"Leadership starts at the top." - Morgan Wootten

"Bad leadership is an oxymoron." - Joseph C. Rost

"Leadership: Lions led by donkeys." - Erich Ludendorff

"Earn your leadership every day." - Michael Jordan

"Leadership does not mean domination." - Haile Selassie

"Courage is essential to leadership." - Andy Stanley

"Serious times require strong leadership." - Jeb Bush

"Leadership doesn't come from age." - Tony Gonzalez

"Leadership is made for service." - Jack Hyles

"Genuine leadership is inherently moral." - Chip Pitts

"Leadership is action, not position." - Donald H. McGannon

"Leadership is character in action." - James Hunter

"Leadership is Idealism in Action." - Sathya Sai Baba

"Even after such milestones as Kathryn Bigelow winning an Oscar, there still seem to be few women in leadership roles." - Julia Stiles

"The People's democratic dictatorship needs the leadership of the working class. For it is only the working class that is most far-sighted, most selfless and most thoroughly revolutionary. The entire history of revolution proves that without the leadership of the working class revolution fails and that with the leadership of the working class revolution triumphs." - Mao Zedong

"It is the voice of the Church that is heard in singing together. It is not you that sings, it is the Church that is singing, and you, as a member of the Church, may share in its song." - Dietrich Bonhoeffer

"Honest investigation is utterly impossible within the pale of any church, for the reason, that if you think the church is right you will not investigate, and if you think it wrong, the church will investigate you." - Robert Green Ingersoll

"It is said that there is no salvation outside the Church. Who denies this? And therefore whatever things of the Church are had outside the Church do not avail unto salvation." - Saint Augustine

"The church that can't worship must be entertained. And leaders who can't lead a church to worship must provide the entertainment." - Aiden Wilson Tozer

"It's time for a new Reformation in the Church-to call the Church back to the authority of the Word of God, beginning in Genesis." - Ken Ham

"The one thing that the Catholic Church desires, and that I seek as Bishop of Rome, "the Church which presides in charity", is communion with the Orthodox Churches." - Pope Francis

"I want a church I can stay in for years. I don't want surprises, scandals, or secrets from my church leaders." - Ted Haggard

"You cannot train yourself. I feel the same way about Christianity and about what the church is: The church is the gym of the soul." - Sylvester Stallone

"Church members are either pillars or caterpillars. The pillars hold up the church, and the caterpillars just crawl in and out." - Grenville Kleiser

"There's always the tendency to transform the Church into an ethical agency, and of measuring the Church by the yardstick of social and cultural utility." - Karl Lehmann

"In general, in the matters that relate to theology or behavior, people to one another, Paul was obviously biblically correct. But when he said that women should always cover their hair or that women should not teach men, women should not have leadership positions in the church, women should not speak in the church, I don't' think that those writings of Paul can be extracted by themselves to stand alone. Also, Paul said that women should be subservient to their husbands but if you read a couple of verses down it says husbands should treat their wives as equals." - Jimmy Carter

"The Church is looking for better methods; God is looking for better men." - Edward Mckendree Bounds

"These guys [the Catholic church] make Enron look like altar boys." - Dan Rather

"Is there a place in a church where you leave your brains when you enter?" - Victor J. Stenger

"Worship is at the center of everything that the church believes, practices, and seeks to accomplish" - Robert Wiebe

"Worship is not about personality, temperament, personal limitations, church background, or comfort. It is about God." - John Wimber

"God's people should be baptized because God commanded it, not because some church requires it." - John R. Rice

"The whole history of the Christian Church is a mixture of errors and violence." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"Some make a conscience of spitting in the Church, yet robbe the Altar." - George Herbert

"The complaint that church is boring is never made by people in awe." - R C Sproul

"The best way to revive a church is to build a fire in the pulpit." - Dwight L Moody

"I was going to go to church, but I decided to get doughnuts instead." - Janet Evanovich

"If you want to warm a church, put a stove in the pulpit." - J C Ryle

"Not for yourself, O church, do you exist, any more than Christ existed for himself." - Charles Spurgeon

"The Church must be forever building, for it is forever decaying within and attacked from without." - T S Eliot

"Will she pass in a crowd? Will she make a figure in a country church?" - Jonathan Swift

"And taught by thee the Church prolongs Her hymns of high thanksgiving still." - John Keble

"Don't give your money to the church. They should be giving their money to you." - George Carlin

"Unable to suppress love, the Church wanted at least to disinfect it, and it created marriage." - Charles Baudelaire

"You see how wide the gulf that separates me from the Christian church." - Margaret Fuller

"The separation of Church and State in everything relating to taxation should be absolute." - James A Garfield

"The Church is the handmaid of tyranny and the steady enemy of liberty." - Thomas B. Macaulay

"That very church which the world likes best is sure to be that which God abhors." - Charles Spurgeon

"But the churchmen fain would kill their church, As the churches have kill'd their Christ." - Alfred Lord Tennyson

"The disconnection of Church and State was a master stroke for freedom and harmony." - Josiah Warren

"The devil doesn't care how big your church is - he cares how influential it is." - Brian Houston

"No one is sanctified except him who is united to the Church." - Prosper of Aquitaine

"The universal Church of the faithful is one outside of which none is saved." - Pope Innocent III

"The Church of Christ, therefore, is one and the same forever." - Pope Leo XIII



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