20 Awesome Andy Stanley Quotes

Andy Stanley was born on May 16, 1958. I don’t know how he does it, but he is the senior pastor of many churches including: North Point Community Church, Buckhead Church, and Browns Bridge Community Church in Georgia. He has been an extremely influential messenger of God to spread the Gospel of Christ to the world. He is the founder of North Point Ministries which is a Christian worldwide organization. Here are 20 of his best quotes!


20. “Direction, not intention determines your destination.”

19. “Your beliefs shape your attitudes!”

18. “If it suddenly became impossible for us to cover up all the junk we normally hide from the rest of humanity, I have a feeling we would all get real motivated to deal with the source of what ails us.” (It Came from Within!: The Shocking Truth of What Lurks in the Heart)

17. “Past boldness is no assurance of future boldness. Boldness demands continual reliance on God's spirit.”

16. “Here’s a question every angry man and woman needs to consider: How long are you going to allow people you don’t even like — people who are no longer in your life, maybe even people who aren’t even alive anymore — to control your life? How long?” (Enemies of the Heart: Breaking Free from the Four Emotions That Control You)

15. “[God] wants you to go home, look at your bucket of seed, and determine in your heart how much you'd like to sow. He wants you to consider thoughtfully your current circumstances, your life, your potential, and your finances. He wants you to involve your family. He wants you to pray about it. And then He wants you to come up with a plan.” (Fields Of Gold)

14. “It takes a habit to break a habit. You can pray every day for a generous heart, but until you start acting in that direction, nothing's going to change.” (Enemies of the Heart: Breaking Free from the Four Emotions That Control You)

13. “Leadership isn't making all the decisions. It is making sure the right decisions are made.”

12. “As a leader it is your job to protect the missional integrity of the Jesus gathering to which you have been called. It is your responsibility to see to it that the church under your care continues as a gathering of people in process; a place where the curious, the unconvinced, the skeptical, the used-to-believe and the broken, as well as the committed, informed and sold-out come together around Peter's declaration that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God.” (Deep & Wide: Creating Churches Unchurched People Love to Attend)

11. “The primary reason we do too much is that we have never taken the time to discover the portion of what we do that makes the biggest difference.”

“The Truth" Acts 1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

10. “If you require honesty from those you work with, then honesty must be a trait that characterizes you in all your roles.”

9. “Sometimes it is the destinations out of reach that create the circumstances God uses to remind that we are never out of his reach.” (The Principal Of The Path)

8. “In the shadow of my hurt, forgiveness feels like a decision to reward my enemy. But in the shadow of the cross, forgiveness is merely a gift from one undeserving soul to another.” (It Came from Within!: The Shocking Truth of What Lurks in the Heart)

7. “If you see your brother in need, it doesn't matter if you already gave somewhere else. You should be open to the idea of God using you to meet your brother's unexpected need.” (Fields of Gold)

6. “Don’t allow the many good opportunities to divert your attention from the one opportunity that has the greatest potential. Learn to say no. There will always be more opportunities than there is time to pursue them.”

5. “Uncertainty exposes a lack of knowledge. Pretending exposes a lack of character. Express your uncertainty with confidence.”

4. “Great leaders are great learners. God, in His wisdom, has placed men and women around us with the experience and discernment we often lack.”

3. “Ministry makes people’s faith bigger. If you want to increase someone’s confidence in God, put him in a ministry position before he feels fully equipped.”

2. “Present the gospel in uncompromising terms, preach hard against sin, and tackle the most emotionally charged topics in culture, while providing an environment where unchurched people feel comfortable.”

1. “The most significant visions are not cast by great orators from a stage. They are cast at the bedsides of our children. The greatest “vision-casting” opportunities happen between the hours of 7:30 and 9:30 PM Monday through Sunday. In these closing hours of the day we have a unique opportunity to plant the seeds of what could be and what should be. Take every opportunity you get.”

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I hope you have enjoyed this list of my favorite 20 quotes from Andy Stanley. I encourage you all that have kids to pay attention to the #1 on the list. We only have a short time with them and they are gone on their own. Love them like crazy and show them Jesus every single day! Blessings on you all!

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