He died in July of 2011, but his legacy will live on forever. He often focused on biblical interpretation and discipleship as topics of choice. He authored over 50 books and his Basic Christianity now stands as a classic within evangelical thinking. He preached hundreds of sermons and was an avid bird watcher. He was also one of the principal authors of the Lausanne Covenant, which serves as a Christian manifesto in guiding international missions efforts.
Stott’s obituary described him as “an architect of 20th century evangelicalism who shaped the faith of a generation.” Upon his death even the BBC gave notice and stated that Stott “could explain complex theology in a way lay people could easily understand.” Billy Graham,upon hearing of Stott’s death, said “The evangelical world has lost one of its greatest spokesmen, and I have lost one of my close personal friends and advisors. I look forward to seeing him again when I go to heaven.” In 2005 Time Magazine ranked Stott among the 100 most influential people in the world.
John Stott was a leader. He led through oratory and writing. He led as a pastoral shepherd and through personal example.
I recently came across some profound quotes on leadership by Stott and want to share them with you.