20 Encouraging Bible Verses For Young Leaders. #10 Is My Favorite.

Leading is never an easy proposition. Add being young to leadership and you can easily feel overwhelmed.

Whenever I’m feeling overwhelmed, I know I can turn to the word of God for a bit of encouragement. The good book is full of encouragement for young leaders (and people in general).

If you’re not a believer, I strongly believe you can still find the words of the Bible encouraging.

Let’s take a look at the 20 verses I believe can encourage young leaders.

The following scripture verses will help encourage you. They’ll also challenge you to lead well. I hope you find them as encouraging and uplifting as I do.

1. Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. – 1 Timothy 4:12

2. So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets. – Matthew 7:12

3.  I can do all things through him who strengthens me. – Philippians 4:13

4.  Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act. – Psalm 37:5

5.  Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching. – 1 Timothy 5:17

6. It is not so among you, but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant. – Matthew 20:26

7.  And let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we shall reap if we do not grow weary. – Galatians 6:9

8. Suddenly a prophet approached Ahab king of Israel, saying, “Thus says the Lord: ‘Have you seen all this great multitude? Behold, I will deliver it into your hand today, and you shall know that I am the Lord.’” So Ahab said, “By whom?”  And he said, “Thus says the Lord: ‘By the young leaders of the provinces.’” (Emphasis mine)  Then he said, “Who will set the battle in order?”  And he answered, “You.” Then he mustered the young leaders of the provinces, and there were two hundred and thirty-two; and after them he mustered all the people, all the children of Israel—seven thousand. – 1 Kings 20:13-15

9.  When the righteous increase, the people rejoice, But when a wicked man rules, people groan. – Proverbs 29:2

10. Where there is no guidance the people fall, but in abundance of counselors there is victory. – Proverbs 11:14 (Share this)

11. If a king judges the poor with truth, His throne will be established forever. – Proverbs 29:14

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

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

14. A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.- Proverbs 16:9

15. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many. – Mark 10:45

16. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. – Matthew 6:21 (Share this verse)

17. And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching. – Hebrews 10:24

18. Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit. – Proverbs 18:21

19. Simply let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one. – Matthew 5:37 (Click to share)

20. Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for  “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble. – 1 Peter 5:5

I hope these Bible verses bring you peace and encouragement as you read through them. Let the words of the old prophets and Bible writers sink in deep.

When you’re feeling down and out, turn back to this page and realize that while you’re young, you’re a leader and God has a plan for you. He even encourages young leaders in scriptures such as 1 Timothy 4:12.

Question: What’s one scripture that has encouraged you as a leader? Please share this encouraging Bible scripture in the comment section below.

Please note: I reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive or off-topic.

  • #10 is good and so true!

    • It’s one we should all be following, for sure!

  • Dan Erickson

    I like them all, but especially #3, #7, #12, and #19. Thanks for sharing, Joe.

    • My pleasure Dan. Those verses you picked out speak volumes!

  • MX24

    Joseph, I’m happy I’ve found your writings. I continue to be impressed. I just texted a friend of mine, in leadership, about today’s post, for a challenging meeting she has today. I know she will benefit from your efforts and generosity.

    Numbers 1-4 and 13 resonated with me today.

    You’re doing great work.


    • Hi Michael. I’m glad you found my writings as well. I hope the message you sent your friend will help her and that her meeting goes well.

      And thanks so much for sharing my content. It’s appreciated more than I could ever communicate.

      • Well, good things are meant to be shared, Joseph.

        To let you know, my friend’s meeting did go well yesterday, not only regarding the task mission but also with the people, connecting and healing from the conflict that inspired getting together. I believe both parties felt better about whom they are and working together.

        So thank you for your timely writing. It was a value offering I could share.

  • “Dear children, let us not love with just words and tongue, but with action and in truth.” 1 John 3:18

    • Fantastic verse Kent. What I see in this verse is that we must be people of action, not just words.

    • Amen!

  • Daniel Buhr

    Thanks, Joseph! This is a great list.
    Another verse that has
    guided me is Colossians 3:23,24. “Whatever you do, do your work
    heartily, as for the Lord.” There isn’t a way in English to fully
    capture the literal meaning of the original text. “Work heartily” is
    more like “work from out of your soul, work from out of the depths of
    your being.” It’s a reminder to let your actions be grounded in who you are and to pour yourself into the task at hand whatever it may be.
    The passage also reminds us that whatever logo is on our paycheck, even
    if we don’t have a paycheck, there is something greater that we serve. These reminders are especially important for young leaders who find themselves in the shadow of organizational structure or are struggling in a seemingly insignificant job.

    • Daniel, that is an excellent verse and something young leaders need to take to heart. We need to work hard and work for our true boss. How do you keep this in focus?

      • Daniel Buhr

        The to-be list comes before the to-do list.

  • Joseph Okpanachi

    These scriptures are great; #s 12 and 15 stands to me. Another scripture that has helped me in my leadership endeavor is Joshua 1: 6, 7, 8, 9

  • Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. Colossians 4:2-6

  • Great passages Joe! Philippians 4:13 as really encouraged me as a leader.

    • I agree with Dan on that choice.
      As a young person, also this one: Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed…2 Tim 2:15 if I recall.
      Study and work = path to success!

      • That’s a good one Skip. Thanks for adding to the list.

      • That’s a great one! Great equation.

    • Thanks for sharing yours Dan!

  • DanKnight

    “Those who cling to worthless idols forfeit the grace that could be theirs.” Jonah 2:8

    • I like it Dan. Sometimes those worthless idols could be our titles and/or project goals.

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  • Jose Cris

    Thank You For Posting This! It Helped me change my perspective about being a leader it encouraged me to become more strong in my decisions and have a more strong faith in God

    • I’m glad you found the post helpful Jose. May you stay strong in Christ and live a life worthy of His calling.

  • RcMaFitness

    #19, Yes! Thank you Joe!

  • Pioneer Outfitters

    #7 is the one I have printed out and hanging next to my desk- I need this one more often than any other it seems, and it NEVER fails to remind me to Stay the Path… “And let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we shall reap if we do not grow weary.” – Galatians 6:9

    • It’s a powerful verse. We need to be reminded of it more often than not, huh?

      • Pioneer Outfitters

        Joe, honestly, until I began to REALLY read the Bible, I had no idea that it really IS an owner’s manual to our own lives…
        This verse reminds me with the words “…we shall reap if we do not grow weary.” NOT to worry or despair- to keep loyal to my Faith in Him, His wisdom, and His time- not mine…

        Waiting has always been a major issue for me. The fact that it is expected and I generally want it now.

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  • George Amsterdambuhd

    amen! this is just what i needed. thanks for sharing

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  • Marc

    Nice topic! #9 has a little mistake! It’s proverbs and not Psalm! Helps me out for encouraging the youth of the church

    • Thanks for the catch Marc. I’ll get that corrected.

      And thanks for working with the youth in your church. They’re a great and special bunch to work with.

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