Thursday, April 06, 2006

Relational Accountability in the EC

Caught up with a good mate today and chatted about what accountability looks like in planting churches of the sort we're both having a crack at, him much further down the track than me.

We talked about the idea of accountability in these kind of things, an idea I'm a fan of, but haven't really got my head around. As a general life principle, I love it, just not sure how it works in these kind of set ups.

I guess perhaps I had this really negative idea of people looking over our shoulder, trying to keep us 'on track' or control the direction of the group.

Luckily this hasn't been the situation so far with me and Frankston, I actually don't think I could ask for a more supportive church, which is awesome.

So the relational accountability he talked about is me and Grant getting together, him asking me questions about how its going, supporting me in stuff I can't do, or when things look too hard, hearing my story, as well as me hearing his story, and being encouraged to do all that we set out to. That is the kind of accountability I want/need, and I hope it continues.

Not only have I found it helpful so far, but research shows these things have heaps more chance of getting and staying off the ground with the support of other churches/denominations.

What have other people found helpful/unhelpful?


Anonymous said...

I reckon a lot depends on whether yuou want to be accountable and whether you trust the person you are meeting with.

If accounatbiluty means spending time with somewone who will just kick your arse for not doing stuff then ist isn't much fun.

If its about a friend supporting you and asking tough questions then its good


Garth said...

The word accountability unfortunately conjures up images of control freaks who use biblical concepts to justify their own ends. That model usually involves a level of recognised submission.

Its not always the case of course but I feel its one of the 'excesses' of the structured church. It has to be balanced with the 'priesthood of all believers'.

Ultimately we do best when we have relational connections that give us perspective outside our own little worlds.