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Epic Howard Hendricks Quotes

Howard Hendricks had a huge impact on many pastors and leaders…one of them being a young lad named Dale Burke. Here’s an epic collection of discipleship and leadership quotes from Dale’s favorite Prof.


  • You can impress from a distance, but you can only impact up close.
  • You teach what you know, but you reproduce what you are.
  • You never graduate from the school of discipleship.
  • Jesus never discipled one-on-one.
  • The goal is not to make you a smarter sinner but to make you like the Savior.
  • It’s a sin to bore people with the Bible.
  • Christian education is a bomb with a long fuse – it takes a while to go off.
  • Our problem is that we are in the Word but not under the Word.
  • Most people don’t think, they just rearrange their prejudices.
  • Your strengths develop your confidence; your weaknesses develop your faith.
  • My greatest fear is not your failure, but your success.
  • Heaven is a person: Jesus.
  • Never traffic in unpracticed truth.
  • You are able to do many things. But be sure you find the one thing you must do.
  • There’s no one without significant creative potential.
  • If you’re just like someone else, we don’t need you.
  • How big is your God? The size of your God determines the size of everything.
  • You cannot impart what you do not possess.
  • The teacher has not taught until the student has learned.
  • Nothing is more common than unfulfilled potential.
  • The greatest curse that pervaded the university is apathy.
  • The measure of you as a leader is not what you do, but what others do because of what you do.
  • In the spiritual realm, the opposite of ignorance is not knowledge, it’s obedience.
  • A belief is something you will argue about. A conviction is something you will die for.
  • It is a sin to bore a child with the Word of God.
  • Biblically speaking, to hear and not to do is not to hear at all.
  • In the midst of a generation screaming for answers, Christians are stuttering.
  • You can control your choices but you can’t control the outcome of those choices.
  • If you want to continue leading, you must continue changing.
  • Experience is not the best teacher; evaluated experience is.
  • If we stop learning today, we stop teaching tomorrow.
  • Leaders are readers, and readers are leaders.

Feel free to add more in the comments below!

5 Responses

  1. Doug Brownlee

    “Interpretation without application is abortion”

    “If you want men to bleed, you’ve got to hemorrhage”

  2. Daron Lawing

    Kid says, “Prof. I’ve been through the Bible 100 times.”

    Prof. responds “How many times has the Bible been… through… You?”

  3. Brian Weber

    “The moment your past becomes more exciting than your future is the day you start to die.”

    (Also attributed to John Wooden)

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