12 Bible Verses Every Leader Needs to Memorize

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The Psalmist said, “I have hidden your word in my heart so I might not sin against you.” God’s Word can be a protection for our heart and soul. It can teach us, convict us and challenge us.

The same is true for leaders. The best leadership book is the Bible.

If you want to be a great, biblical leader, consider memorizing these verses:

Luke 6:31 Do to others as you would like them to do to you.

Philippians 2:3 Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.

Proverbs 4:23 Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.

Exodus 18:21 But select capable men from all the people—men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain—and appoint them as officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens.

Psalm 78:72 With upright heart he shepherded them and guided them with his skillful hand.

Matthew 20:26 But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant.

Philippians 2:4 Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.

Matthew 5:37 Simply let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.

1 Peter 5:7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

John 3:30 He must become greater; I must become less.

Galatians 6:9 So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.

Philippians 4:13 For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.

Perhaps you should choose one or two of these—or if you’re brave enough, all of them—write them down somewhere you’ll see them often, and commit them to memory.

What other verses would you recommend to leaders?  

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Ron Edmondson
Ron Edmondson is a pastor and church leader passionate about planting churches, helping established churches thrive, and assisting pastors and those in ministry think through leadership, strategy and life. Ron has over 20 years business experience, mostly as a self-employed business owner, and he's been helping churches grow vocationally for over 10 years.

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