1 Corinthians 16:15-18
1Co 16:15 I am encouraging you, brothers — you know about Stephanas’ household — that they were the firstfruits of Achaia, and that they have devoted themselves to ministry to the holy ones.
1Co 16:16 You should also be subordinated to these, and to everyone who works and shares their burden.
1Co 16:17 I celebrate the presence of Stephanas and Fortunatus and Achaicus, because they have made up for your absence;
1Co 16:18 for they refreshed my spirit as well as yours. Give special recognition to such people.
leaders left behind
Paul was especially appreciative of the three short-term missionaries from Corinth who visited him while he was working in Ephesus. But Stephanas told him that he did not expect the church people back in Corinth to adjust well to their absence. Paul encouraged the Corinthian Christians to show respect and submit to the leadership of those left in charge. This would be a way that they can show special recognition to the missionaries themselves.
LORD, you know what you are doing. Give us the wisdom to adjust to things as they are — not to complain and withhold our support when the leadership structure changes.