scripture to encourage a pastor

Pastor’s Desk Accessories for Inspiration: a post about random items to inspire your pastor.

Pastor, if you’re having a hard time right now, know that you are not alone. The Bible is full of words to encourage pastors who feel overwhelmed by the needs of their church members and the demands of their ministry. Here are a few examples:

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” -Psalm 46:1

“You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! Isaiah 26:3

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“I will lift up my eyes to the hills—from where does my help come? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.” -Psalm 121:1-2

Bible Verses aboutEncouragement To Pastors

2 Timothy 4:1-5 ESV / 191 helpful votes 

I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.

Acts 20:28 ESV / 176 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.

2 Timothy 4:2 ESV / 158 helpful votes 

Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.

Isaiah 52:7 ESV / 141 helpful votes 

How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.”

1 Peter 4:11 ESV / 125 helpful votes 

Whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

Romans 15:13 ESV / 116 helpful votes 

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

1 Timothy 5:17 ESV / 112 helpful votes 

Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching.

Hebrews 13:17 ESV / 110 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.

Philippians 4:13 ESV / 94 helpful votes 

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Romans 13:1-14 ESV / 82 helpful votes 

Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer. Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God’s wrath but also for the sake of conscience. …

1 Thessalonians 5:12-13 ESV / 80 helpful votes 

We ask you, brothers, to respect those who labor among you and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, and to esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves.

Ephesians 4:11-12 ESV / 77 helpful votes 

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,

Romans 10:15 ESV / 75 helpful votes 

And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”

2 Timothy 4:1-2 ESV / 68 helpful votes 

I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.

Jeremiah 3:15 ESV / 66 helpful votes 

“‘And I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will feed you with knowledge and understanding.

2 Corinthians 5:7 ESV / 59 helpful votes 

For we walk by faith, not by sight.

Romans 1:16 ESV / 54 helpful votes 

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.

Joshua 21:45 ESV / 53 helpful votes 

Not one word of all the good promises that the Lord had made to the house of Israel had failed; all came to pass.

Isaiah 40:31 ESV / 51 helpful votes 

But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

Matthew 28:18-20 ESV / 50 helpful votes 

And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Acts 16:5 ESV / 49 helpful votes 

So the churches were strengthened in the faith, and they increased in numbers daily.

John 1:1-51 ESV / 48 helpful votes 

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. …

Isaiah 41:10 ESV / 48 helpful votes 

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 ESV / 47 helpful votes 

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.

Hebrews 13:7 ESV / 45 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.

2 Timothy 2:15 ESV / 44 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful

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.

Ephesians 4:11 ESV / 43 helpful votes 

And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers,

Galatians 6:9 ESV / 42 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 29:11 ESV / 38 helpful votes 

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

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