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As the kids in your youth group grow older, many are starting to take on more leadership roles within the church community. Giving these young leaders more responsibility as they learn to lead others is a great way to help them grow into adults who can make a significant impact in their future communities.

If you’re a youth leader, your job is to not just be the coach, but to be the captain of the team. It’s a privilege to see everyday how God uses these young leaders in their churches, schools and communities. They are often so excited about their faith that they want to share it with others too!

As youth leaders we need to understand how to help kids grow in their faith while also leading them toward making good and healthy decisions. The Bible is full of verses that can help guide your decision-making as a leader and equip you with the wisdom needed to shepherd the young people in your care.

As a youth leader, you are in the best position to lead your students and teach them valuable life lessons. But if you’re not careful, you can easily become a bad example for your students. The Bible provides an incredible amount of wisdom for anyone who wants to be a good youth leader.

Churchgist will provide you with all the relevant information you are looking for on inspirational bible verses for leaders bible verse about responsibility of leaders, bible verses on service and leadership and so much more.


1 Timothy 4:12 ESV / 658 helpful votes 

Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.

Philippians 2:3 ESV / 513 helpful votes 

Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.

Exodus 18:21 ESV / 331 helpful votes 

Moreover, look for able men from all the people, men who fear God, who are trustworthy and hate a bribe, and place such men over the people as chiefs of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties, and of tens.

Matthew 20:25-28 ESV / 321 helpful votes 

But Jesus called them to him and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave, even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

1 Timothy 3:1-7 ESV / 269 helpful votes 

The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task. 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. He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God’s church? …

Romans 12:9-13 ESV / 241 helpful votes 

Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.

Galatians 6:9 ESV / 235 helpful votes 

And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.

Jeremiah 23:1 ESV / 233 helpful votes 

“Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture!” declares the Lord.

Proverbs 11:14 ESV / 226 helpful votes 

Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.

Matthew 20:26 ESV / 222 helpful votes 

It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant,

Hebrews 13:17 ESV / 217 helpful votes 

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.

Mark 10:42-45 ESV / 214 helpful votes 

And Jesus called them to him and said to them, “You know that those who are considered rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. But it shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

John 13:12-15 ESV / 211 helpful votes 

When he had washed their feet and put on his outer garments and resumed his place, he said to them, “Do you understand what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you.

Luke 22:24-27 ESV / 201 helpful votes 

A dispute also arose among them, as to which of them was to be regarded as the greatest. And he said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them, and those in authority over them are called benefactors. But not so with you. Rather, let the greatest among you become as the youngest, and the leader as one who serves. For who is the greater, one who reclines at table or one who serves? Is it not the one who reclines at table? But I am among you as the one who serves.

1 Peter 5:3 ESV / 178 helpful votes 

Not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock.

Philippians 4:13 ESV / 177 helpful votes 

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Philippians 2:4 ESV / 175 helpful votes 

Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.

Proverbs 4:23 ESV / 166 helpful votes 

Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.

Psalm 78:72 ESV / 158 helpful votes 

With upright heart he shepherded them and guided them with his skillful hand.

Proverbs 3:5-10 ESV / 155 helpful votes 

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones. Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce; …

Hebrews 13:7 ESV / 147 helpful votes 

Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith.

1 Corinthians 12:12 ESV / 147 helpful votes 

For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.

Proverbs 29:2 ESV / 146 helpful votes 

When the righteous increase, the people rejoice, but when the wicked rule, the people groan.

2 Timothy 2:2 ESV / 140 helpful votes 

And what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.

Acts 20:28 ESV / 134 helpful votes 

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.

Luke 6:31 ESV / 133 helpful votes 

And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.

John 3:30 ESV / 124 helpful votes 

He must increase, but I must decrease.”

Deuteronomy 1:13 ESV / 121 helpful votes 

Choose for your tribes wise, understanding, and experienced men, and I will appoint them as your heads.’

Luke 22:26 ESV / 116 helpful votes 

But not so with you. Rather, let the greatest among you become as the youngest, and the leader as one who serves.

John 10:11 ESV / 115 helpful votes 

I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.

Matthew 5:37 ESV / 113 helpful votes 

Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything more than this comes from evil.

2 Timothy 2:15 ESV / 109 helpful votes 

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.

Deuteronomy 1:15 ESV / 105 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful

So I took the heads of your tribes, wise and experienced men, and set them as heads over you, commanders of thousands, commanders of hundreds, commanders of fifties, commanders of tens, and officers, throughout your tribes.

inspirational bible verses for leaders

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 Christian leaders. The best leadership book is the Bible.


Luke 6:31 Do to others as you would like them to do to you.
How much more successful would our organizations be if all of us approached each other in this way? Leaders, the culture of teams we lead will be greatly shaped by the example we set for them.

Philippians 2:3 Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.
I’m convinced humility might be the most attractive leadership quality there is these days.

Proverbs 4:23 Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.
Leadership is ultimately a product of the heart we have for others and the vision we’ve been called to lead. The heart impacts passion, motivation and tenacity.

Exodus 18:21 You will need to appoint some competent leaders who respect God and are trustworthy and honest. Then put them over groups of 10, 50, 100 and 1,000.
Don’t try to do it all. Surround yourself with capable people of integrity—empower, delegate—and get out of their way and let them lead.

Psalm 78:72 With upright heart he shepherded them and guided them with his skillful hand.
I love the imagery of a shepherd as leader. My friend, Larry Osborne, wrote a great book about the subject.

Matthew 20:26 But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant.
Great leaders see it as their main ambition to help others achieve worthy goals they might not achieve on their own. “When you win, I win, and we all win!”

Philippians 2:4 Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.
It can’t only be “my way.” Leaders must be open to listening to the desires of others and incorporating them into the overall goals and objectives of the organization.

Matthew 5:37 Simply let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.
Genuine honesty and transparency in leadership is rare, but so, so valuable—and effective.

John 3:30 He must become greater; I must become less.
Biblical leaders recognize the ultimately glory belongs to God.

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.
I have seen many leaders give up on something just before there would have been a turnaround—whether on a project, a passion or a person. Looking back on my leadership career I’ve done this many times.

Isaiah 41:10 Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.
On days you are discouraged, overwhelmed, or feel everything is a loss – remember God is with you. He is walking beside you. Nothing is impossible with God.

1 Peter 5:7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
Leadership is hard. Don’t attempt it alone.

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