Accountability: We All Need It

Accountability is a vital part of growth for every believer. We all need somebody that we can be accountable to. From the pulpit to the pew we all need somebody who can check us. As Senior Pastors we can’t expect others to be accountable to us if we don’t practice the same level of accountability. We personally have several layers of accountability: Our Bishop, each other, close friends and some family. That’s why we make the statement “Don’t tell me who you’re over, until you tell me who you’re under” Accountability requires submission to the leadership of someone who will hold you accountable or check you on your actions. Accountability starts with sharing our personal life and goals with someone trustworthy. That means we have to open up our life to somebody so that they can help us through life as well as help us accomplish our goals. No man is and island… we all need somebody.
Just as we remind God of his word, we must have someone who can remind us of our words. Accountability breeds responsibility and ultimately it will breed great success! If I told you that I want to loose weight and you see me with a piece of cake and fried chicken you need to say to me “Pastor A, you said you were wanting to loose weight, what are you doing?” That’s why it’s important to share your goals and heart so someone can encourage you in times of weakness. Your accountability partner should be someone you honor and respect enough to allow them to help you in times of weakness. So make sure you get an accountability partner that you can tell your goals to so that you can be held accountable and succeed!  

Galatians 6:1-5 English Standard Version (ESV)

6 Brothers,a] if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. But let each one test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor. For each will have to bear his own load.