Being a pastor or church leader comes with great responsibility; the responsibility of the leaders to the church, as well as the church’s responsibility to the leaders, so here are the top 14 Bible verses about pastors or church leaders.
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Shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly; not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock.
- 1 Peter 5:2-3
It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant,
- Matthew 20:26
Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
- 1 Peter 5:5
Deacons likewise must be dignified, not double-tongued, not addicted to much wine, not greedy for dishonest gain. They must hold the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience. And let them also be tested first; then let them serve as deacons if they prove themselves blameless.
- 1 Timothy 3:8-10
Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood.
- Acts 20:28
Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.
- Hebrews 13:17
Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching. For the Scripture says, “You shall not muzzle an ox when it treads out the grain,” and, The laborer deserves his wages.
- 1 Timothy 5:17-18
The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task.
- 1 Timothy 3:1
And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.
- Ephesians 4:11-13
Let deacons each be the husband of one wife, managing their children and their own households well. For those who serve well as deacons gain a good standing for themselves and also great confidence in the faith that is in Christ Jesus.
- 1 Timothy 3:12-13
He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it.
- Titus 1:9
And when they had appointed elders for them in every church, with prayer and fasting they committed them to the Lord in whom they had believed.
- Acts 14:23
Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money.
- 1 Timothy 3:2-3
For an overseer, as God's steward, must be above reproach. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent or greedy for gain, but hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined.
- Titus 1:7-8
If you’re a church leader, I hope these top 14 Bible verses about pastors or church leaders have given you peace of mind, but if you know of a pastor or church leader who would appreciate these, please share them right now.