Pastor Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old pastor quotes, pastor sayings, and pastor proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Prayer, study, and suffering make a pastor.     

Martin Luther

A real pastor will always show respect for people.     

Pastor Adelaja Sunday

Pastors are highly susceptible to the sin of sloth.     

Eugene H. Peterson

A pastor who does not pray daily for his congregation is not a pastor.     

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

The pastor owns the opportunity to issue of the flock that it is OK not to be OK.     

Matt Chandler

The goal of the pastor is not to get people to show up but to get people to grow up.     

John Maxwell

Preaching is the pastor's main work, and preaching is heart work, not just mental work.     

John Piper

Pastors need to find their place in the community of believers by spending time with God.     

John C. Maxwell

Pastor: One employed by the wicked to prove to them by his example that virtue doesn't pay.     

H. L. Mencken

Pastors spend a good bit of time helping people with their sin. Who helps them with their sin?     

Johnny Hunt

Qualifications of a pastor: the mind of a scholar, the heart of a child, and the hide of a rhinoceros     

Stuart Briscoe

If you as a pastor don't have a passion for evangelism then don't be surprised if your people don't either.     

Aubrey Malphurs

Pastors must welcome the lost sheep. Actually, I made a mistake. I said welcome, rather, go out and find them.     

Pope Francis

The pastor who cares about the spiritual growth of his people must make God and His Word the centerpiece of his ministry.     

Steven J. Lawson

If a pastor focuses only on teaching, he grows members with big ears and rears but tiny hands and hearts.Service is MODELED not taught.     

Rick Warren

Pastors have historically understood their primary battle to be not the battle to build a big church, but the battle against the power of sin.     

John Ortberg

The role of the pastor is to embody the gospel. And of course to get it embodied, which you can only do with individuals, not in the abstract.     

Eugene H. Peterson

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.     

Timothy Keller

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.     

John Calvin

To be a good pastor one must have the wisdom of a Solomon, the intuition of a Newton, the patience of Job, the thinking faculties of an Einstein, and a compassion likened unto the Son of God.     

Reverend Sidney E. Slaton

The pastor should always be pure in thought ... no impurity ought to pollute him who has undertaken the office of wiping away the stains in the hearts of others ... for the hand that would cleanse from dirt must be clean, lest, being itself sordid with clinging mire, it soil whatever it touches all the more.     

Pope Gregory I

Today, more pastors than ever need profound encouragement and rejuvenation.     

Will Graham

The experienced pastor will recognize to which situation humor belongs and to which belongs sobriety.     

Thomas Oden

Pastors are sent to utter the deep things of God for the conviction of sin, and for edification and comfort.     

T. B. Joshua

Only a real pastor and a true leader will be looking for ways to train and equip his people to develop their potential.     

Pastor Adelaja Sunday

For pastors who have a dream and who are walking in obedience but still don't have the resources they need, don't worry. Keep walking in obedience.     

John C. Maxwell

A pastor should never complain about his congregation, certainly never to other people, but also not to God. A congregation has not been entrusted to him in order that he should become its accuser before God and men.     

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

The most important thing a pastor does is stand in a pulpit every Sunday and say, 'Let us worship God.' If that ceases to be the primary thing I do in terms of my energy, my imagination, and the way I structure my life, then I no longer function as a pastor.     

Eugene H. Peterson

It is the responsibility of Pastors to encourage, also by their personal witness, the practice of Eucharistic adoration, and exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in particular, as well as prayer of adoration before Christ present under the Eucharistic species.     

Pope John Paul II

Let's be pastors who cast vision that are worth people giving their life for.     

Matthew Carter