10 Phrases that Empower Others

10 Phrases that Empower Others

10 Phrases That Empower Others

from the soon-to-be-released The Culture of Empowerment
by Steve Backlund


Proverbs states that “death and life are in the power of the tongue” (Proverbs 18:21). It is true that death is in the power of our words, but the greater truth is that there is a power of life in our words. Here is a list of words that will create greater life around us:


1. Encouraging words – “You are making a difference around here.”

2. Positive identity words – “You are a person of great strategic insight. This gifting is taking our organization to higher levels.”

3. Specific thanksgiving words – “Here are three reasons I appreciate you: 1) You make people feel valued in your presence, 2) Your belief in me has been a great strength to me, and 3) Your prayer and worship life inspires me.”

4. “I understand you” words – “I know it’s important to you that I keep my room clean so here is my plan to do this more consistently.”

5. “I see you” words – “I notice how you always make new people feel welcome and included.”

6. “I need you” words – “I just wanted to let you know that we really need you here. You make us so much more successful.”

7. “I am proud of you” words – “I was thinking today of how proud I am of you. You are reliable, you do things with excellence, and you represent us so well.”

8. “You are significant and important” words – “You are important. What you do is connected to a bigger purpose and plan. We would not be nearly as successful without you.”

9. “You’ve got what it takes” words – “You can do it! Nothing is impossible for you!”

10. Hope-filled words – “There is always a solution. I don’t know what it is, but God has one for this situation.” 

The Culture of Empowerment book will be released in the next few weeks. We will be posting on our blog when the copies become available for purchase. I pray that you will be able to apply these “10 Language that Empowers” phrases daily to empower those around you to a higher place. 



Steve Backlund was a senior pastor for seventeen years before joining the team at Bethel Church in Redding, CA in 2008. Steve is a leader developer, joy activist, a revivalist teacher, and as Senior Associate Director, is a key part of the Global Legacy (a ministry of Bethel Church) leadership team. He travels extensively throughout the world encouraging churches and leaders and has authored a number of books.

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