The local church is situated to be our mainstay for truth ,doctrine and spiritual growth
1 Timothy 3:15 KJV
 But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.
Therein ,we have men who are over us whom our spiritual lives are committed to their trust .
1 Thessalonians 5:12-13 KJV
 And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you;
 And to esteem them very highly in love for their work's sake. And be at peace among yourselves.
We esteem and hold them in very regard .
We are to respect all ministry gifts but more,those who are directly above us.
Hebrews 13:17 KJV
 Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you