ACL seeks to encourage members in their faith. This support is displayed in a variety of ways across the Association.


How could one small initiative bring so much love, joy, peace, and faith to ACL?

ACL’s Spiritual Encouragement Team began the prayer initiative at the end of 2020 to provide support and care through a confidential prayer ministry. Prayer volunteers spanning the globe lift up prayer requests to the Lord. You can reach out in your time of need and be assured that you will be supported in prayer.

We all face challenges unique to the spaces in which God has called us, but he has said, “Fear not, I have overcome the world.” Each day the Spiritual Encouragement Team along with prayer volunteers pray for you, seeing the privilege, responsibility, and opportunity in this call from Christ.

Thank you for allowing us to pray for you! Your prayer request will be kept confidential and lifted to the Lord.

Starting the day with Devotions at the 2016 ACL Conference at George Fox University

Reference Point Devotional

A devotional, Reference Point, is written by ACL members and distributed monthly as a way to spiritually uplift fellow members. Members can submit a devotion for consideration by clicking the button below. Visit our archives of devotions or consider a $25 donation to the Legacy Endowment to receive a printed compilation of devotions in Faithful Words.


Eye on It – 03/2023

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:1-3 ESV)

Baseball season is almost here! For me – a Little League coach –  this means once again coaching 6-8 year-olds on how to play the game – teaching them how to run through first base,  going over how to stand next to home plate when batting and not on top of it, and trying to keep the outfielders from wandering over to the playground. One of the toughest things to teach a young baseball player is how to keep their eye on the ball when they are up at bat. A lot of other things can be distracting, like fear of getting hit by the ball, exuberant parents shouting advice and encouragement, or a bird flying across the field. Focusing on seeing the ball and swinging the bat at good pitches is a struggle.   (more…)

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Faithful Words Devotional Book

A word for librarians from The Word who is FAITHFUL and TRUE

Faithful Words is a beautiful 206-page hard-back collection of member-authored Reference Point devotionals from the last eight years produced and printed in the summer of 2022 with the goal of building the principal balance of the Legacy Endowment fund.  It is sure to be a blessing to you or a colleague or friend. With each $25 increment of donation to the Legacy Endowment, you are eligible to receive a copy of the book. Would you or someone you know benefit from having a copy of Faithful Words? It would make for a great Christmas gift or as a tangible donation to your local public library.

Get your copy today!

Additional opportunities:

  • During the National Library Week, the ACL President sends out a daily call to prayer highlighting different specific prayer needs.
  • On the ACL Discussion List prayer and support for personal and work-related requests are often shared that demonstrate a caring community.
  • The Christian Librarian seeks to include articles from a Biblical worldview that are helpful to those in the library field.
  • The ACL Annual Conference strives to encourage spiritual community with daily prayer walks and devotions, and occasionally, a concert of prayer or hymn sing.

Contact the Spiritual Encouragement Team at with any questions.

Spiritual Encouragement Team

Grace Andrews, Coordinator
Wesley Biblical Seminary

Andrea Abernathy
Virginia Beach Public Libraries

Deborah McConkey
EPIC Bible College & Graduate School

Craig Rosenbeck
Roberts Wesleyan College