31 Church Quotes

A collection of church quotes with inspirational thoughts on the life of the church, the need for the church in the community, and the reason for the church. While some churches are declining others are thriving, find answers why in these quotes.



Church going is of value if a person merely sits quietly, yielding himself to the mood and atmosphere of the church. Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, A Guide to Confident Living
Inspirational Quotes   |    Famous



A rising tide raises all the boats in the harbor. Rick Warren
Every time you raise the standards for leadership, you bring everyone else in the church along a little bit. A rising tide raises all the boats in the harbor.
Rick Warren
Leadership   |    Quote of the Day



Are you intimately involved in your church - stirring and being stirred by fellow believers? It's God's plan for your spiritual growth.
Dr. David Jeremiah
Spiritual   |



The Trinity of Vince Lombardi's early years was religion, family and sports. They seemed intertwined, as inseparable to him as Father, Son and Holy Ghost. The church was not some distant institution to be visited once a week, but part of the rhythm of daily life.
David Maraniss, When Pride Still Mattered: A Life Of Vince Lombardi
Vince Lombardi Quotes   |



Like the blended family that moves into a new home rather than moving into one of their existing homes, a merged church needs to relocate and rename itself to eliminate turf issues.
Dirk Elliott, Vital Merger: A New Church Start Approach that Joins Church Families Together
Family   |



A church's view of salvation has a vital impact on its practices. Soteriology (the doctrine of salvation) and ecclesiology (the doctrine of the church) should never be separated in practice. What we believe about God, salvation, and man will consequently influence the way we do church.
Jeffrey D. Johnson, The Church: Why Bother?
Believe   |



Behind the curtain of the faithful pastor are the prayers of the saints, prayers that hold up the arms of the minister, as the church triumphantly marches on and wages war against her spiritual enemies.
Jeffrey D. Johnson, The Church: Why Bother?
Prayer   |



As I read the early chapters of the book of Acts, I am struck by the unusual nature of the church at Jerusalem. These early believers were driven by an intense love for Christ that expressed itself in the most dramatic demon-strations of selflessness.
Pastor Willie George
Love   |



Our church began to do street outreach immediately. Finding a need and filling it is the philosophy by which my father and I have lived our lives. So we fed the hungry, clothed the unclothed, helped the hurting, and set out to change the destiny of the city.
Matthew Barnett, The Church That Never Sleeps: The Amazing Story That Will Change Your View of Church Forever
Quotes about Change   |



I loved my father for many reasons that others in the church did not know. We didn't have to talk about religious things. Very rarely did we. He was just my friend, my pal, the greatest buddy that I had.
Matthew Barnett, The Church That Never Sleeps: The Amazing Story That Will Change Your View of Church Forever
Father   |



The church is the people of God, the very bride of Jesus Christ. Frank Viola
The church, therefore, should not be confused with an organization, a denomination, a movement, or a leadership structure. The church is the people of God, the very bride of Jesus Christ.
Frank Viola, Reimagining Church: Pursuing the Dream of Organic Christianity
Inspirational Poems   |



Most professing Christians do not realize that the central concepts and practices associated with what we call "church" are not rooted in the New Testament, but in patterns established in the post-apostolic age.
Jon Zens
Christian Poems   |



The worldwide move of God among indigenous peoples is reminiscent of the 1970s when the symbols of a strange culture, a counterculture, became central to revival and harvest in the Church.
Richard Twiss, One Church, Many Tribes
God   |



There's nothing like the local church when it's working right. And when churches are fully engaged in fulfilling their redemptive potential, the lost get found, the spiritually confused find truth, and lives are changed in this world and for eternity.
Bill Hybels
Truth   |



One things for sure: without intentional planning, prioritization, decision making, and leadership,and a whole lot of course corrections along the way, a church will never experience sustained evangelistic fruitfulness. This is not something churches drift into naturally or on their own. No, becoming a contagious church only happens on purpose!
Mark Mittelberg, Becoming a Contagious Church: Increasing Your Church's Evangelistic Temperature
Purpose   |



Organic outreach is what happens when evangelistic vision and action become the domain of every ministry in a church and the commitment of every member of a congregation.
Kevin G. Harney, Organic Outreach for Churches: Infusing Evangelistic Passion in Your Local Congregation
Commitment   |



... regardless of context, outreach should always flow naturally from a church that loves and worships God. Outreach should be the heartbeat of every church. It should never be an afterthought.
Kevin G. Harney, Organic Outreach for Churches: Infusing Evangelistic Passion in Your Local Congregation
God's Love   |



To all, Christ gives words of exhortation to continue in courageous progress in the gospel, to look to the sweet eternal rewards, and to hear the words God speaks to the churches by the Spirit.
Andrew M. Davis, Revitalize: Biblical Keys to Helping Your Church Come Alive Again
Progress   |



The whole gospel for the whole person, great theology, but in practice little more than a slogan in many churches.
Ben Patterson
Practice   |



I believe wholeheartedly that the Lord Jesus and his church are the hope of the world. My commitment is to Scripture as the Word of God, the authority under which we as God's church are to live.
Peter Scazzero, The Emotionally Healthy Church, Updated and Expanded Edition: A Strategy for Discipleship That Actually Changes Lives
Hope   |



A real encounter with the living God changes everything. First, it magnifies the Lord, and then it puts me and my ego and my sin and my burdens all in their rightful place. That is what church is supposed to do and be.
James MacDonald, Vertical Church: What Every Heart Longs for. What Every Church Can Be.
Words of Encouragement   |



While mainline and liturgical churches may allow for more quiet in their worship and practice, as church membership continues to decline in the United States, all churches are liable to push for a louder message and a more aggressive evangelistic strategy.
Adam S. McHugh, Introverts in the Church: Finding Our Place in an Extroverted Culture
Inspirational Messages   |



My goal is to challenge your notions of what church is supposed to be. I want you to think about the people who need Jesus in their lives. What are you willing to do to reach lost people?
Tony Morgan, The Unstuck Church: Equipping Churches to Experience Sustained Health
Goals   |



Churches are always in transition in this changing culture. Our greatest hope beyond launching new works is seeing churches come back alive with growth and vigor.
Dr. Ronnie W. Floyd
Growth   |



Many churches that are stuck on a plateau or spiraling into decline can discover the joy of reaching the peak of revitalization. In many ways, the North American Church has forgotten the joy of climbing the mountain peaks of ministry.
Ed Stetzer, Comeback Churches
Joy   |     Mountain



Church health is the key to church growth. All living things grow if they're healthy. Rick Warren
Church health is the key to church growth. All living things grow if they're healthy.
Rick Warren
Health   |



I am convinced that God's Spirit is using the disruptive unraveling facing so many congregations and denominations in order to call these churches to fundamentally change their focus and attention.
Alan J. Roxburgh, Joining God, Remaking Church, Changing the World: The New Shape of the Church in Our Time
Focus   |



We don't strive to excel in hospitality because it brings people back to our church, but because it best reflects how Christ treated us.
J. D. Greear
Poems about Faith   |



We must raise the guest awareness culture in our churches so our fifty-year veterans can demonstrate the love of Jesus to those who have been around for five minutes.
Danny Franks, People Are the Mission: How Churches Can Welcome Guests Without Compromising the Gospel
Poems about God   |



We had hoped that the dark clouds of secularism, promising their downpour of meaninglessness, would eventually drive Westerners into the shelter of the church... what we view as dark clouds are viewed by many as the breaking through of a glorious sun and the arrival of warm, blue post-Christian skies.
Mark Sayers, Disappearing Church: From Cultural Relevance to Gospel Resilience
Meaningful   |



The church is a living organism, enlivened by the presence of God's Spirit. It's the body of Christ, a community of worshippers that exists for God's pleasure and to live out the kingdom that Jesus preached and promised.
Tim Conder, Church in Transition
Life   |


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