The next exhortation we encounter in Hebrews 13 has to do with the leadership of the Church. Leadership in the Church is essential for the Church to do her work. And so it followership! Is that even a word? Followershiip? My computer doesn’t think so. It keeps underlining it in red.
When I say “followership” what I mean is the ability, willingness and desire on the part of the people of the congregation, to follow our leaders forward into faith and ministry. When a leader says “follow me, let’s go” do the people of the Church start moving with excitement and commitment, or do they sit on their hands, hesitantly hold back, and start grumbling among themselves as they watch their leaders disappear into the distance? How good is a congregation at following it’s leaders?
The writer of Hebrews says “remember your leaders” and “imitate their faith”. Jesus doesn’t change His plans or His ways, so don’t go after foolish leaders. But when our leaders are sticking close to Christ and leading us in His ways, let’s jump at the chance to follow them into all that God has for us.