Simple Leadership Statements that Have Challenged Me, Part 2

Here’s the next list of leadership sayings I’ve collected through the years. I pray at least one of these statements will challenge or inspire you.

  • “Don’t try to change a church you don’t love.”
  • “Preaching’s not rocket science. Just teach God’s Word.”
  • “The problem with being a boring teacher or preacher is that nobody who’s boring realizes it.”
  • “Your job as a preacher or a writer is not to impress; it’s to communicate.”
  • “Get on your knees—that is, get to eye level—when talking to children.”
  • “If you say you’ll pray for somebody, you’re a liar if you don’t.”
  • “Eat lunch with somebody at least once a week, even if you’re an introvert.”
  • “The greatest generals in a time of war aren’t always the best generals in peace time. Wartime generals always need an enemy.”
  • “Somebody’s always watching and listening. You’re not leading in a vacuum.”
  • “Take a breath, say a prayer, and read your words again before hitting the ‘send’ button on an email.”
  • “It’s easy to ‘do church.’ It’s hard to grow a congregation that makes hell shake.”
  • “If you want to build staff loyalty, know their families well. Know their names. Know their birthdays. Honor them.”
  • “Your sin affects somebody else, whether or not you know it. We don’t sin in isolation.”
  • “When the Lord’s called you to a new ministry, it’s usually best to move in that direction quickly. Your heart’s already there before you move there.”
  • “Make sure your spouse doesn’t have to find out about church events first through the grapevine. Tell her what’s planned.”
  • “People are never projects.”
  • “If your leadership team doesn’t have fun together—and laugh together—you’re not building a team.”
  • “Love Jesus with a sweetheart love.”
  • “The real test of your leadership isn’t what you accomplish; it’s what others accomplish after you’re gone.”
  • “By far, most of the people in the world have never heard of you. So, get over yourself.”

Which of these sayings grabs your attention? What sayings have you heard that you’ve remembered? 


  • Ryan says:

    “If the closest you’ve ever been to God was on the day that you got saved then there is a problem with your spiritual walk with the Lord.”

  • Jeannette says:

    1. “Have you prayed about it as much as you’ve talked about it?”
    2. “Before talking to someone about God, talk to God about that person.”

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