By Corey Miller

“The local church is the hope of the world, and its future rests primarily in the hands of its leaders.” – Bill Hybels

“Everything rises and falls on leadership, but knowing how to lead is only half the battle. Understanding leadership and actually leading are two different activities.” – Dr. John Maxwell

We continue to enjoy the fruit of good leadership from years past. If I were to ask many of you who taught you the Word of God, chances are that person has long since gone to be with the Lord. For others, that person still sits beside you in church. We all have leaders who led us to the Lord. Consider these selected verses from Hebrews 13:7-18:

7 Remember your leaders who taught you the Word of God. Think of all the good that has come from their lives, and follow the example of their faith. 

8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. 9 So do not be attracted by strange, new ideas. Your strength comes from God’s grace…

15 Therefore, let us offer through Jesus a continual sacrifice of praise to God, proclaiming our allegiance to his name. 16 And don’t forget to do good and to share with those in need. These are the sacrifices that please God. 

17 Obey your spiritual leaders, and do what they say. Their work is to watch over your souls, and they are accountable to God. Give them reason to do this with joy and not with sorrow. That would certainly not be for your benefit. 

18 Pray for us, for our conscience is clear and we want to live honorably in everything we do.


How can we help our leaders at ACC enjoy ministry more?

  1. Pray. Pray like their success depends solely on your prayers. It may.
  2. Follow. Hebrews says “obey” and “do good” and you will benefit.
  3. Prepare. Prepare yourself to follow their example and lead. 
  4. Share. Share with others in need. If you can help, help. Lighten your leaders’ load.
  5. Learn. Be teachable so you may one day teach.
  6. Pray. See number 1.

For the next few weeks we will move in our teaching series from Love Auburn to Lead Auburn. This Sunday we will recognize and pray for our leaders together. If you are an Elder, Deaconess or Deacon, please make every attempt to attend this Sunday (3/5). The following week (3/12) we will provide everyone with the opportunity to sign up for our LEAD Team which will focus on Leadership Encouragement And Development. This group will encourage this generation of servant leaders and prepare the next.