21 Thought Provoking Bible Verses About Leadership

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Biblical leadership is entirely different from leadership in the world.

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These Bible verses about leadership will help you discern whether or not you are following a biblical leader and also if you are yourself someone that God has called to lead others.

Jesus is our most significant example of a leader. Jesus modeled being a servant leader.

So take a moment to reflect on what the Bible says about leadership compared to what you have learned from the world.

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Luke 22:26But 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.

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Old Testament Bible Verses About Leadership Qualities

Deuteronomy 1:13

Choose some well-respected men from each tribe who are known for their wisdom and understanding, and I will appoint them as your leaders.’

Ecclesiastes 10:17

Happy is the land whose king is a noble leader and whose leaders feast at the proper time to gain strength for their work, not to get drunk.

Proverbs 12:24

Work hard and become a leader; be lazy and become a slave.

Micah 3:9

9 Listen to me, you leaders of Israel!You hate justice and twist all that is right.10 You are building Jerusalemon a foundation of murder and corruption.11 You rulers make decisions based on bribes;you priests teach God’s laws only for a price;you prophets won’t prophesy unless you are paid.Yet all of you claim to depend on the Lord .“No harm can come to us,” you say,“for the Lord is here among us.”12 Because of you, Mount Zion will be plowed like an open field;Jerusalem will be reduced to ruins!A thicket will grow on the heightswhere the Temple now stands.

Proverbs 11:14

14 Without wise leadership, a nation falls;there is safety in having many advisers.

Proverbs 29:14

14 If a king judges the poor fairly,his throne will last forever.

Numbers 27:15-17

15 Then Moses said to the Lord , 16 “O Lord , you are the God who gives breath to all creatures. Please appoint a new man as leader for the community. 17 Give them someone who will guide them wherever they go and will lead them into battle, so the community of the Lord will not be like sheep without a shepherd.”

Proverbs 20:28

28 Unfailing love and faithfulness protect the king;his throne is made secure through love.

Proverbs 29:2

2 When the godly are in authority, the people rejoice.But when the wicked are in power, they groan.

Numbers 12:3

3 (Now Moses was very humble – more humble than any other person on earth.)

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New Testament Bible Verses About Leading

Matthew 20:25-28

25 But Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them. 26 But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever wants to be first among you must become your slave. 28 For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Matthew 24:45-47

45 “A faithful, sensible servant is one to whom the master can give the responsibility of managing his other household servants and feeding them. 46 If the master returns and finds that the servant has done a good job, there will be a reward. 47 I tell you the truth, the master will put that servant in charge of all he owns.

Luke 6:39

39 Then Jesus gave the following illustration: “Can one blind person lead another? Won’t they both fall into a ditch?

John 13:12-15

12 After washing their feet, he put on his robe again and sat down and asked, “Do you understand what I was doing? 13 You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and you are right, because that’s what I am. 14 And since I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other’s feet. 15 I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you.

Acts 20:28

28 “So guard yourselves and God’s people. Feed and shepherd God’s flock – his church, purchased with his own blood – over which the Holy Spirit has appointed you as elders.

Romans 12:6-8

6 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.

Philippians 2:3-7

3 Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. 4 Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. 5 You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.6 Though he was God,he did not think of equality with Godas something to cling to.7 Instead, he gave up his divine privileges;he took the humble position of a slaveand was born as a human being.When he appeared in human form,

2 Timothy 2:24-26

24 A servant of the Lord must not quarrel but must be kind to everyone, be able to teach, and be patient with difficult people. 25 Gently instruct those who oppose the truth. Perhaps God will change those people’s hearts, and they will learn the truth. 26 Then they will come to their senses and escape from the devil’s trap. For they have been held captive by him to do whatever he wants.

Hebrews 13:7

7 Remember your leaders who taught you the word of God. Think of all the good that has come from their lives, and follow the example of their faith.

1 Peter 5:1-2

1 And now, a word to you who are elders in the churches. I, too, am an elder and a witness to the sufferings of Christ. And I, too, will share in his glory when he is revealed to the whole world. As a fellow elder, I appeal to you: 2 Care for the flock that God has entrusted to you. Watch over it willingly, not grudgingly – not for what you will get out of it, but because you are eager to serve God.

Final Thoughts About Biblical Leadership Qualities

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As you can see from these godly leadership verses that the characteristics of a godly leader are much different from being a worldly leader. Allow these scriptures to lead and guide you on how to be an effective leader in the church. Please feel free to use this list of encouraging Bible verses for leaders in a leadership Bible study, home group, or Sunday school class.

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