Pastoring with Vision, Creativity, and Courage: Quotes from Ramez Atallah

Pastoring with Vision, Creativity, and Courage: Quotes from Ramez Atallah

Session 6, Ramez Atallah on "Pastoring with Vision, Creativity, and Courage in Hard Places" —

  • "Obligated, eager and not ashamed. These should characterize a church with the gospel."
  • "A Christian leader has to have a vision — he must see things other people don't see and empower them to capture it and incarnate it."
  • "When I came to understand the gospel for the first time, I knew that this was what my peopled needed."
  • "What approach would not threaten the Egyptian Orthodox church? Answer: Inductive Bible study: Observe, understand, and apply the text."
  • "Effective leaders should have vision which empowers others."
  • "Trust in God's sovereignty gives meaning to even failtures."
  • "Creavitiy which transforms obstacles into opportunities."
  • "Faith respects people who are eccentric and marginal."
  • "Humility allows us to be mission oriented, rather than gift oriented."

Next message: Wednesday at 11:30AM (EST); Speaker panel with Ramez Atallah, Crawford Loritts, Darrin Patrick, Doug Wilson, and Darrin Patrick. (

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Jonathan Parnell (@jonathanparnell) is a writer and content strategist at Desiring God, and is the lead pastor of Cities Church in Minneapolis–St. Paul, where he lives with his wife, Melissa, and their five children. He is co-author of How to Stay Christian in Seminary, author of Reading to Walk: Meditations for the Christian Life, and co-editor of Designed for Joy: How the Gospel Impacts Men and Women, Identity and Practice.