Ministry Quotes

  • Timothy Keller"Perhaps the greatest dilemma of the pastor - or any Christian leader - is the danger of hypocrisy.

    By this I mean that, unlike other professionals, we as ministers are expected to proclaim God’s goodness and to provide encouragement at all times. We are always pointing people toward God in one way or another, in order to show them his worth and beauty. That’s the essence of our ministry.

    But seldom will our hearts be in a condition to say such a thing with complete integrity, since our own hearts are often in need of encouragement, gospel centeredness, and genuine gladness.

    Thus, we have two choices: either we have to guard our hearts continually in order to practice what we are preaching, or we live bifurcated lives of outward ministry and inward gloominess.

  • heart clockwork"It is absolutely vital to remember that a pastor's ministry is never just shaped by his knowledge, experience, and skill. It is always also shaped by the true condition of his heart."
    - Paul David Tripp

  • quote 1500

    "We must beware in our attitude toward people who are suffering that we do not blunder by imagining our point of view to be the only one."

    - Oswald Chambers, in Baffled to Fight Better from Quotable Oswald Chambers

  • quote 1589

    "Engaging unengaged people groups is essential to fulfilling the Great Commission."

    - Issachar Initiative

  • quote 1614

    "You don't have a soul; you are a soul. You have a body."

    - C. S. Lewis

  • quote 1718

    "In all the stories of Jesus' compassion, we are never told that he had compassion on someone because they deserved it. It was only because they were in need."

    - John Ortberg

  • quote 1734

    "Some things are better left unsaid. Which I generally realize right after I have said them."


  • quote 1744

    "Comparison is the thief of joy."

    - Theodore Roosevelt

  • quote 1759

    "I will stay in jail to the end of my days before I make a butchery of my conscience."

    - John Bunyan (imprisoned for preaching)

  • quote 1764

    "A man may study because his brain is hungry for knowledge, even Bible knowledge. But he prays because his soul is hungry for GOD."

    - Leonard Ravenhill