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89 Bible Verses About Leadership in the Church

Here are 89 Bible verses about leadership in the church from the Old and New Testaments of the Holy Bible (King James Version), sorted from most to least relevant.

Hebrews 13:17 KJV

Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.

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Acts 20:28 KJV

Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.

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Hebrews 13:7 KJV

Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.

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1 Timothy 3:2 KJV

Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation.

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1 Timothy 3:1 KJV

A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach;

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James 3:1 KJV

This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work.

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1 Timothy 5:17 KJV

My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation.

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1 Timothy 4:12 KJV

Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine.

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Matthew 20:26 KJV

Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.

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Titus 1:7 KJV

But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister;

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Titus 1:6 KJV

For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre;

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Acts 14:23 KJV

If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly.

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Isaiah 41:10 KJV

And when they had ordained them elders in every church, and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord, on whom they believed.

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Philippians 2:3 KJV

Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

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Galatians 6:9 KJV

Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.

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Titus 1:9 KJV

And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

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Titus 1:5 KJV

Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.

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2 Timothy 2:15 KJV

For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed thee:

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1 Thessalonians 5:12 KJV

Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

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John 3:30 KJV

And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you;

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Proverbs 11:14 KJV

He must increase, but I must decrease.

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Proverbs 4:23 KJV

Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety.

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James 1:12 KJV

Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.

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Mark 10:42-45 KJV

Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.

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1 Peter 5:3 KJV

But Jesus called them to him, and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them. But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister: And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all. For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.

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Luke 12:48 KJV

Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.

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Matthew 7:12 KJV

But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.

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1 Timothy 3:4 KJV

Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.

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Romans 8:28 KJV

One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity;

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Acts 20:17 KJV

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

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Philippians 2:4 KJV

And from Miletus he sent to Ephesus, and called the elders of the church.

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2 Timothy 2:2 KJV

Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.

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Proverbs 22:29 KJV

And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.

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1 Thessalonians 5:12-13 KJV

Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.

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James 1:5 KJV

And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you; And to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. And be at peace among yourselves.

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John 13:13-17 KJV

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

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Jeremiah 1:5 KJV

Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you. Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him. If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.

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Psalms 78:72 KJV

Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.

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Philippians 4:13 KJV

So he fed them according to the integrity of his heart; and guided them by the skilfulness of his hands.

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Philippians 1:1 KJV

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

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Ephesians 4:11 KJV

Paul and Timotheus, the servants of Jesus Christ, to all the saints in Christ Jesus which are at Philippi, with the bishops and deacons:

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Matthew 24:45-47 KJV

And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;

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1 Peter 5:2 KJV

Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season? Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods.

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James 4:10 KJV

Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;

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Psalms 37:5 KJV

Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

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Exodus 18:21 KJV

Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.

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2 Timothy 1:7 KJV

Moreover thou shalt provide out of all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them, to be rulers of thousands, and rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens:

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1 Timothy 4:16 KJV

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

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1 Peter 5:5 KJV

Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.

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Proverbs 29:2 KJV

Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.

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1 Timothy 3:5 KJV

When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.

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1 Timothy 3:4-5 KJV

(For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)

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Hebrews 13:24 KJV

One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)

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1 Timothy 3:12 KJV

Salute all them that have the rule over you, and all the saints. They of Italy salute you.

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Ephesians 4:11-13 KJV

Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well.

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Proverbs 16:12 KJV

And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:

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1 Timothy 3:3 KJV

It is an abomination to kings to commit wickedness: for the throne is established by righteousness.

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1 Timothy 3:2-3 KJV

Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous;

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Acts 15:22 KJV

A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach; Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous;

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Luke 6:31 KJV

Then pleased it the apostles and elders, with the whole church, to send chosen men of their own company to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas; namely, Judas surnamed Barsabas, and Silas, chief men among the brethren:

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Matthew 16:18 KJV

And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.

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Proverbs 24:10 KJV

And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

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1 Peter 5:1 KJV

If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.

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1 Timothy 4:8 KJV

The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed:

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1 Timothy 4:2 KJV

For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.

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1 Timothy 3:1-2 KJV

Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;

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Acts 6:3 KJV

This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work. A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach;

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2 Timothy 3:16-17 KJV

Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business.

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Acts 20:31 KJV

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

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Proverbs 27:23-24 KJV

Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears.

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Revelation 1:1 KJV

Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds. For riches are not for ever: and doth the crown endure to every generation?

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Colossians 3:17 KJV

The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:

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Matthew 28:18-20 KJV

And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

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Matthew 20:25-28 KJV

And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

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James 5:14 KJV

But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.

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James 4:17 KJV

Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:

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Titus 1:7-8 KJV

Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.

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1 Timothy 5:1 KJV

For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre; But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate;

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1 Timothy 3:8 KJV

Rebuke not an elder, but intreat him as a father; and the younger men as brethren;

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Galatians 6:1-2 KJV

Likewise must the deacons be grave, not doubletongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre;

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Matthew 20:25-27 KJV

Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.

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Matthew 5:37 KJV

But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant:

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Galatians 3:28 KJV

But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.

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1 Chronicles 16:11 KJV

There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.

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1 Timothy 3:8-10 KJV

Seek the LORD and his strength, seek his face continually.

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1 Timothy 3:6 KJV

Likewise must the deacons be grave, not doubletongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre; Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience. And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon, being found blameless.

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Romans 8:31 KJV

Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.

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Luke 18:27 KJV

What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?

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Proverbs 16:1 KJV

And he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.

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