by | Sep 5, 2023 | Humility , Leadership, Ministry Leader, Pastor

In today’s episode we unpack six powerful ways humility shapes our leadership and sets us up not only to bear good fruit . . . but to do so over a long span of time.

“The great act of faith is when man decides he is not God.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

  • I am not equipped to carry the weight of the world.
  • Humility is an accurate assessment of what I can and cannot do.
  • Jesus lived within human limitations while on earth, and He’s given permission to us to follow in His footsteps.
  • Jesus is not asking us to deny the limits that He created us with – He created us with these on purpose so we would depend on him.


“When pride comes then comes disgrace but with humility comes wisdom.” Prov. 11:2

  • We often think of humility in terms of comparison. Comparison is a scheme of the devil. I either end up feeling inferior or superior. Neither posture is healthy.

The posture of a healthy leader is humility

  • As we acknowledge our human limitations, humility starts to grow in our lives.
  • Humility is cultivated by surrender, not effort.

Humility is the simple understanding of who we are in relationship to who God is

  • We’re inherently valuable because He created us. He adopted us according to his pleasure; He made us sons/heirs. We possess intrinsic value.

The cultivation of humility creates a deep sense of peace

  • Humility helps me to work from my identity instead of for my identity.
  • When I work from my identity, I realize God is already well-pleased with me before I lift a finger each day.

Humility makes burden of ministry lighter

  • Success can create pressure.
  • Humility helps me remember that I don’t have anything to prove.
  • The effectiveness of our ministry is greater because we get out of our own way.