Sermon quotes on pastors

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Do not try to make the Bible relevant. Its relevance is axiomatic. Do not defend God’s word, but testify to it. Trust to the Word. It is a ship loaded to the very limits of its capacity.

Eric Metaxas, Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy.


John Calvin

The pastor ought to have two voices: one, for gathering the sheep; and another, for warding off and driving away wolves and thieves. The Scripture supplies him with the means of doing both.

Timothy Keller

Pastors must practice a two-fold program of cultural engagement: deconstruction and demystification of cultural idols, and reconstruction and re-enchantment of a Gospel-shaped worldview.

Woodrow Kroll

Pastors need your grace, not your gripes.  


John Owen

The first and principal duty of a pastor is to feed the flock by diligent preaching of the word.


Eugene Peterson

The vocation of pastor(s) has been replaced by the strategies of religious entrepreneurs with business plans.

Eugene Peterson

Isn’t it odd that pastors, who are responsible for interpreting the Scriptures, so much of which come in the form of poetry, have so little interest in poetry? … Words create. God’s word creates; our words can participate in creation.


A.W. Tozer

A local church will only be as great as its conception of God.

Philip Wagner

Peter Drucker, the late leadership guru, said that the four hardest jobs in America (and not necessarily in order, he added) are:

  • The President of the United States
  • A university president
  • A CEO of a hospital and
  • A pastor

Mark E. Van Houten

No matter how adept an exegete a theologian is, . . . it is all for naught if he does not understand his contemporary audience.

John Stott

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. he chief characteristic of Christian leaders, he insisted, is humility not authority, and gentleness not power.

The Fuller Institute, George Barna, and Pastoral Care Inc. 

50% of pastors have considered leaving the ministry in the last six months. 50% of the ministers starting out will not last five years. One in ten pastors will actually retire as a minister in some form. Over 4,000 churches closed in America last year. Over 3,500 people a day left the church last year.

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