The dysfunctional church avoidance of accountability
Bible Verses on AccountabilityProverbs 27:17As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens anotherGalatians 6:2Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.Proverbs 24:24‐25Whoever says to the guilty, “You are innocent,” will be cursed by peoples and denounced by nations.
Avoidance of AccountabilityDo we call each other out when we step out of line?Do we think that it is the responsibility of the leaders to hold individuals accountable?Is peer‐to‐peer accountability a reality at our church?Do we have tunnel‐vision – only focusing on my small area, without showing much care for other areas?
What does avoidance of Accountability look like?Inconsistent standards of performanceCounterproductive behaviors are constantly displayedPoor performers get a ‘free ride’
Impact of Avoidance of AccountabilityMediocrity is encouragedDeadlines are missed and deliverables not metUndue burden is placed on the leaders to be the sole source of disciplineThe good of the church is sacrificed because no one assumes responsibilityPotential problems are not addressed immediately and are allowed to develop into even bigger problems
Churches where members are accountable:Ensure that poor performers feel pressure to improveIdentify potential problems quickly by questioning one another’s approaches without hesitationEstablish respect among team members who are held to the same high standardsShare the burden of discipline
Bible Verses on AccountabilityRomans 14:13Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in the way of a brother or sister.2 Corinthians 8:13Our desire is not that others might be relieved while you are hard pressed, but that there might be equality.