38 Top Ted Engerstrom Quotes By The Evangelical Leader

Looking for famous quotes from the author Ted Engerstrom? We have rounded up the best collection of  Ted Engerstrom quotes, sayings, captions, (with images and pictures) about love, life, leadership, integrity, and more to inspire you.

Theodore Wilhelm Engstrom was the head of Youth for Christ and World Vision International. Engstrom was one of the founding architects of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability.

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The author and evangelical leader was known in part for instructing churches, parachurch ministries, and other non-profit organizations how to apply business concepts and achieve financial help.

“Engstrom was best known for his uncompromising commitment to serving the poor and for helping others grasp God’s perfect and immeasurable love,” said Rich Stearns, president of World Vision U.S.

We have divided these inspirational quotes by Ted Engerstrom into these sections;

  • Best Ted Engerstrom Quotes
  • Famous Ted Engerstrom Quotes

Best Ted Engerstrom Quotes

  1. “A smile breeds a smile.” – Ted Engstrom                                                                                           
    ted engerstrom quotes
    ted engerstrom quotes

  2. “Evaluate a mentoree’s progress constantly.” – Ted Engstrom

  3. “Be committed, serious, and available to mentorees.” – Ted Engstrom

  4. “Excellence demands that you be better than yourself.” – Ted Engstrom                                                     
    Ted Engstrom quotes
    Ted Engstrom quotes

  5. “Select a mentoree whose philosophy of life you share.” – Ted Engstrom

  6. “Excellence is a process that should occupy all our days.” – Ted Engstrom

  7. “To move men, the leader must be able to prevail upon God.” – Ted Engstrom

  8. “There is enough time in every day to do God’s work…in God’s way.” – Ted Engstrom

  9. “Integrity is not only the way one thinks but even more the way one acts.” – Ted Engstrom                                                                                                                                                 
    Ted Engerstrom quotes images
    Ted Engerstrom quotes images

  10. “Integrity is doing what you said you would do. It means you keep your promises.” – Ted Engstrom

  11. “The rewards for those who persevere far exceed the pain that must precede the victory.” – Ted Engstrom

  12. “A man tends to over-estimate what he can do in one year…and under-estimate what he can do in five.” – Ted Engstrom

  13. “Concentrate on the essentials. We will then be accomplishing the greatest possible results with the effort expended.” – Ted Engstrom

  14. “The Christian leader never equates mediocrity with the things of God, but is always committed to the pursuit of excellence.” – Ted Engstrom

  15. “Though leadership may be hard to define, the one characteristic common to all leaders is the ability to make things happen.” – Ted Engstrom

  16. “A congregation that is not deeply and earnestly involved in the worldwide proclamation of the gospel does not understand the nature of salvation.” – Ted Engstrom

  17. “We must expect to fail…but fail in a learning posture, determined no to repeat the mistakes, and to maximize the benefits from what is learned in the process.” – Ted Engstrom

  18. “Ultimately you are doing what you do for one of two reasons: to serve oneself or to serve God. There is enough time in every day to do God’s work…in God’s way.” – Ted Engstrom

  19. “Anything that is wasted effort represents wasted time. The best management of our time thus becomes linked inseparably with the best utilization of our efforts.” – Ted Engstrom

  20. “What do you want to get done? In what order of importance? Over what period of time? What is the time available? What is the best strategy for application of time to projects for the most effective results?” – Ted Engstrom

Famous Ted Engerstrom Quotes

  1. “The eminence of great leaders of the Bible is attributed to their greatness in prayer.” – Ted Engstrom

  2. “The gifts rather describe the what of ministry, and the call then designates the where of ministry.” – Ted Engstrom

  3. “A man tends to overestimate what he can do in one year…and under-estimate what he can do in five.” – Ted Engstrom

  4. “A popular definition of leadership is that it is the art or science of getting things done through people.” – Ted Engstrom

  5. “The leader is only able to lead others because he has conquered himself and in turn has been conquered by Christ.” – Ted Engstrom

  6. “To be filled with the Spirit is to be controlled by the Spirit – intellect, emotions, will, and body. All become available to Him for achieving the purposes of God.” – Ted Engstrom

  7. “How often we hear, “I wish I knew how to manage my time better.” Rarely do we hear, “I wish I knew how to manage myself better,” but that’s really what it comes down to.” – Ted Engstrom

  8. “Time in itself is really not the problem, but people who use it are. People who excuse their failures by saying, ‘I don’t have time’ really are admitting to mismanagement of time.” – Ted Engstrom

  9. “Remember always that your work or ministry or position dare never keep you from your family. If you fail them, you fail your greatest responsibility – and you are a failure in life.” – Ted Engstrom

  10. “A true leader must have a strong drive to take the initiative to act – a kind of initial stirring that causes people and an organization to use their best abilities to accomplish a desired end.” – Ted Engstrom

  11. “When there is strong Trust, a person tends to be more open and less defensive. He doesn’t have to spend time proving something. Facades can drop and be replaced with directness and honesty.” – Ted Engstrom

  12. “Backslappers help us feel better about ourselves, but we don’t actually profit by them. Real change and emotional growth come by facing our weaknesses and personality defects as others see us.” – Ted Engstrom

  13. “The local church is the most complicated and sophisticated organism in the world. It is one thing to lead a group of people who depend upon the organization for livelihood. It is quite another to motivate a group when 99 percent are volunteers” – Ted Engstrom

  14. “Christian Leadership is motivated by love and given over to service. It is Leadership that has been subjected to the control of our Lord Jesus Christ and His example. In the best Christian leaders are expressed to the utmost all those attributes of selfless dedication, courage, decisiveness, and persuasiveness that mark great Leadership.” – Ted Engstrom

  15. “Some Christians [consider administration]…a secondary gift, appearing less important than other functions of service. Frequently one hears pastors consider (administration being) nonessential, uninteresting, and less spiritual than, say, preaching, teaching, or counseling… People who reason this way misunderstand a significant biblical concept that sets forth the function of administration as a cherished spiritual gift.” – Ted Engstrom

  16. “Somehow ungodly men have developed systems of organization which permit them to work together in states of relative harmony and unity, whereas godly men, refusing to admit that these organizational structures are needed, live in states of chaos and disunity. The tragedy of this fact becomes evident when we realize that many of the successful systems of organization under which the godly men work and which the godly men refuse to accept are biblically based.” – Ted Engstrom

  17. “The concept of a leader…means one who guides activities of others and who himself acts and performs to bring those activities about. He is capable of performing acts which will guide a group in achieving objectives. He takes the capacities of vision and faith, he has the ability to be concerned and to comprehend, exercises action through effective and personal influence in the direction of an enterprise and the development of the potential into practical and/or profitable means.” – Ted Engstrom

  18. “To achieve, the leader must set goals To set goals, he must make decisions. To reach goals, he must plan. To plan, he must analyze. To analyze, he must implement. To implement, he must organize. To organize, he must delegate. To delegate, he must administrate. To administrate, he must communicate. To communicate, he must motivate. To motivate, he must share. To share, he must care. To care, he must believe. To believe, he must set goals that inspire belief and the desire to achieve.” – Ted Engstrom

Famous Ted Engerstrom Books

He had authored some of the most amazing books. To name a few;

  1. The Pursuit of Excellence
  2. Motivation to Last a Lifetime
  3. Increasing Your Boardroom Confidence
  4. The Essential Engstrom: Proven Principles of Leadership
  5. Integrity: Character from the Inside Out (Fisherman Bible Studyguide Series)
  6. Strategy for Living: How to Make the Best Use of Your Time and Abilities
  7. The Fine Art of Mentoring: Passing OnTo Others What God Has Given To You
  8. Compassionate Leadership: Rediscovering Jesus’ Radical Leadership Style
  9. Managing Your Time: Practical Guidelines on the Effective Use of Time
  10. Strategy for Leadership: Planning, Activating, Motivating, Evaluating


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