5 Prices a Leader Must Be Willing to Pay

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The more influential you become as a leader, the greater the spiritual attack.

Jesus gave some INCREDIBLE advice in Luke 14:28-30!

Today, we will dive into five areas where we need to be willing to pay the price as a leader.

1. There Is a Financial Cost. 

Books cost money. Conferences cost money. Putting yourself in a position to be stretched and grown cost money. 

AND one of the qualities that I’ve always noticed in leaders who were “getting it done” is that they were personally willing to pay a financial price. (I actually wrote two posts on this last week—here is part one and here is part two in case you missed them.)

2. There Is an Emotional Cost.

Leading in the church is one of the most emotionally draining things you will EVER do. 

You will discover that you can go from the highest of highs to the lowest of lows with one email or phone call. Your heart and motives will be called into question. Critics who don’t know you (and don’t want to know you) will malign, misrepresent and attack you. 

On most days, you will feel overwhelmed and unworthy of your calling … and all of this requires that we be willing to pay the price emotionally.

3. There Is a Physical Cost. 

Laziness and leadership do NOT go hand in hand. It takes blood, sweat and tears in order to be developed to your fullest leadership potential … which means you get your butt out of bed and go to work! 

And yes, REST is essential … but it isn’t possible to burn out if you’ve never actually been on fire. There are seasons where lots of time, energy and focus are demanded—period.

Perry Noble Perry Noble is the founding and senior pastor of NewSpring Church in South Carolina. The church averages 26,000 people during weekend services at multiple campuses throughout the state. Perry is a gifted communicator and teacher, convicted about speaking the truth as plainly as possible. God has given him a vision and a passion for helping people meet Jesus, and each week he shares God’s word and its practical application in our daily lives. Perry, his wife Lucretia and their daughter Charisse live in Anderson, South Carolina. You can read all of Perry’s unfiltered thoughts about life and leadership at PerryNoble.com. Don’t worry, he holds nothing back.

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  • Atherfarid

    yes i believe that a servant of Christ must pay some thing because our master has given his body for us and for the world.
    i like this message very much.

  • Eric

    Thanks Perry for a brilliant and encouraging article. Bless you

  • jeff

    Dead Center. Great article

  • PastorRoshell

    So true! This hits the massage I peached Sunday “Who’s your cheerleader”! God allows us to add to our pastoral minister and sometime it’s those who cause us the most headack. God bless this word… It lets us know we are ALL in this together!

    Pastor Roshell

  • PastorRoshell

    Awesome add to a already good word!

    God bless!
    Pastor Roshell

  • PastorRoshell

    Yes; this is a awesome word… sent at the right time. Last week while working on my sermon… sitting a my computer, the Lord drop in my spirit “Who’s your cheerleader”! I thought it was for the body, but it was just for me. But when we went out to fellowship, God spoke through the men of the hour and said “NO this word was just for you”. So………… I had to put on the whole armor of God and here what God wanted me to here and see “put NOT your trust in men, because he shall surely fail you”! Stop looking unto people… but keep your eyes on “the only true and living God. The says “I’ll never leave you, nor forsake you, I’ll be with you even unto the ends of the the earth”!

    Thank God for men and women that are not affaired to share with other “we fall down, but we get up” through Christ Jesus who strengthen us. Amen!

    Once again thanks for such an awesome word of wisdom.

    Be bless!
    Pastor Roshell

  • Forevergrowing1

    I agree fully accept for the fact that none of us have had to pay the same cost as the One who we represent. People of the past, present, and future have/had/will have to die for their faith. One of tghe followers of Christ was burned alive in a golden crown if I am not mistaken. Another was hung on a cross upside down…again my memory may not be 100%. MLK was assinated and as long as we serve God the list will never end until all is complete. In fact if we are not willing to die…maybe we should reconsider a few things. Thank you for the uplift, reminder and dedication you have shown in your messages.

    • pastor in training

      I think it’s a great article I read it twice I don’t see where he compared on our costs to Christ in fact he said Christ cost were far greater.

  • Mtministries

    100% truth. Great words.

  • Stephen Kimery

    I never cease to be amazed, when I read not only the article, but all these wonderful responses, that we are all fighting the same adversary, and he uses the same attacks on us all.  Thank you for such a poignant article and to all that commented thank you all for sharing.
    Greatest Blessings
    Pastor Stephen Kimery

  • Emmanuel Reinbold

    Great article for a Monday morning!  Really needed this encouraging word today! 

  • joey williams

    Thanks man…. I needed that too. May God also encourage you on the days when you (like all of us do sometimes) forget these awesome truths you shared with us. – Pastor Joey Williams

    • Joseph

      Weird.. You have my name.. Is your first name really Joey or is it Joseph out of curiosity?

  • Donkorsda

    Very timely for me. God Bless!

  • LDonald

    Thanks! This one’s a keeper!  It’s all about perspective.  Remembering that yes, of course we will pay a price puts my perspective back where it needs to be. This reminds me of John 15:18-16:4.

  • Emmambah2002

    Thank you for this wonderful reflection. God bless you!

    Rev. Emmanuel.

  • rodney

    I noticed the article made no mention of one’s Family. Pastors must protect their Families. It’s thinking like this that triggers articles about Pastors losing their Families because they are so focused on ministry that they neglect them.

    • Chad

      I think it’s not mentioned because Mr. Noble believes it’s not a price a leader should pay. The family should not be compromised. Therefore, it’s not mentioned in the context of this article. Just my thoughts though.

      • Michael Waldron

        Chad, I agree with you. This article points out the proper ‘costs’ to be paid by a leader. Paying the price of losing your family because of overdoing/overworking oneself in the ministry (and neglecting one’s family) would be an imbalanced/improper cost that God is not asking us to pay, thus it is not included in this list.

  • Mervyn

    Would like to add to the above title “Five prices Christians must be willing to pay to receive the Great Reward”

  • McLaren

    This is exactly what I needed to read today. Thanks

  • CB

    True dat.

  • Diometes

    I second that… Amen!

  • Jon


  • Timothy Duane Powell

    Amen! Thank you for that Word!

  • Anthony

    I am sorry brothers but this all seems a bit pollyanna-ish. If it were only this easy. I know pastors that are almost at the point of physical abuse by the people they love in the pew. There are bi-vo pastors that are working two and three jobs to make enough to barely survive. And yet none of this compares to the sacrifice of Christ. Is it a price or a calling?

    • Niels

      The Word of God teaches us that, “What king goes to battle unless he counts the cost?”. Luke 14: 31-33 I believe that this gives us some of the tools that we need to make better decisions. It also guards against those who would go into leadership roles for self service.

  • Kc

    Thank you. right now, I am experiencing trials of being a spiritual leader and this helps.

  • Mzbelle67

    As a newly called leader I truly appreciate this article.

  • Bkruppa

    Thank you for these reminders, it actually is a great encouragement to me.

  • Ms Yerdua

    Very encouraging.


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