Accountability is something we often want from others, but we rarely want to give to others.
On a ministry team, accountability is crucial for things to run smoothly.
We understand this when it comes to those who are under us in the organization, but we don’t always treat it with the same respect when it comes to our OWN accountability.
I made a decision long ago to have a habit of offering accountability instead of forcing my pastor to require it. I don’t know of any senior pastor who enjoys going into private detective mode and tracking down any member of his staff to check on him or confront him when there’s a problem. In my relationship with my pastor, I have determined to offer accountability instead of forcing him to demand it from me.
When I came to my church, my pastor asked me to email him any time I had a problem of any kind that needed his attention. In my pride and self-protection, I didn’t want to admit that I had any problems (at all), so I didn’t send him any emails about needs or difficulties. One day, he found out about an incident in the Kids Ministry. He was perplexed to hear about it from someone besides me. When he called me into his office, he had to be an investigator trying to find out what happened instead of a partner helping to resolve it. My silence had forced him into this role.
Don’t make your pastor go into “private investigator” mode and have to poke and prod you for answers. Take the initiative to tell him anytime there’s a problem he needs to know about. When you’re going to be late, call. When something goes wrong, tell him. When there’s a problem that’s going to affect other ministries, give him a heads up.
What are some practical ways you can OFFER accountability to your lead pastor?