To discern the DNA of a leader; look to the life of his disciples. A leader is only as good as the next generation of leaders they produce.
Accountability is all about friction and conflict… but that is not to say all conflict is healthy.
4 Barriers to Creating a Culture of Accountability
- The Fear of Failure
- Lack of commitment from leaders and followers.
- A lack of clear expectations which is made worse by our fear of pain.
- The loss of shame
5 Aspects to the DNA of Accountability
As Christian leaders, in the church or even in business, we need accountability.
- Accountable to God The DNA of Accountability is submitting to the Father’s will so we can experience the total pleasure in His holiness.
- Accountable to Men The DNA of Accountability grows relationships of forgiveness and cleansing, which reorient our beliefs, customs and practices, both public and private.
#1: God’s Leader Is Accountable First To God
“Spiritual leaders must not shun public accountability.” – Henry Blackaby
(Acts 24:14–16, ESV) “But this I confess to you, that according to the Way, which they call a sect, I worship the God of our fathers, believing everything laid down by the Law and written in the Prophets, having a hope in God, which these men themselves accept, that there will be a resurrection of both the just and the unjust. So I always take pains to have a clear conscience toward both God and man. ”
#2: God’s Leader Is Accountable To Other Leaders
(Acts 15:1–2, ESV) “But some men came down from Judea and were teaching the brothers, “Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved.” And after Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and debate with them, Paul and Barnabas and some of the others were appointed to go up to Jerusalem to the apostles and the elders about this question. ”
#3: God’s Leader Is Accountable To The People
(1 Corinthians 8:9–13, ESV) “But take care that this right of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak. For if anyone sees you who have knowledge eating in an idol’s temple, will he not be encouraged, if his conscience is weak, to eat food offered to idols? And so by your knowledge this weak person is destroyed, the brother for whom Christ died. Thus, sinning against your brothers and wounding their conscience when it is weak, you sin against Christ. Therefore, if food makes my brother stumble, I will never eat meat, lest I make my brother stumble. ”
(2 Corinthians 1:12–14, ESV) “For our boast is this, the testimony of our conscience, that we behaved in the world with simplicity and godly sincerity, not by earthly wisdom but by the grace of God, and supremely so toward you. For we are not writing to you anything other than what you read and acknowledge and I hope you will fully acknowledge— just as you did partially acknowledge us—that on the day of our Lord Jesus you will boast of us as we will boast of you. ”
#4: God’s Leader Is Accountable To The Law
(Romans 13:1–7, ESV) “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer. Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God’s wrath but also for the sake of conscience. For because of this you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing. Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed. ”
#5: God’s Leader Holds Other To Account
(2 Peter 3:1–2, ESV) “This is now the second letter that I am writing to you, beloved. In both of them I am stirring up your sincere mind by way of reminder, that you should remember the predictions of the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior through your apostles,”
No one man or woman stands at the head of the body. We are fitted together as a family and committed to serving our one God and Father; YHWH.
What are some of the systems that keep our local church Bodies healthy?
The Organizational System: Every church, from House Church to Mega-Church, has some kind of organizational structure. An Organizational System is like the Skeletal System. The Pastors, Elders, Paid Staff, Deacons, Apostles, Overseers, etc.; all work to give the Body shape and offer both spiritual and physical protection (Acts 6:1-7is one good example).
The Leadership System: The Leadership System determines how leaders connect with the rest of God’s people. A Leadership System is like the Circulatory System. A healthy Leadership System filters out the waste, responds to the heartbeat of YHWH, and enables the individual parts of the Body to imbibe the life giving “nutrients” of Jesus Christ. And just like the veins in our human bodies, the more servant-leaders in a church, the healthier the Body will be.
The Assimilation System: The Assimilation System moves people from outside the church into fully committed participants of the local church. A system for assimilation is like the Digestive System. A healthy Assimilation System ensures that every person involved in the church is using their Spirit-giftings, and talents, to nourish the Body.
The Evangelism System: The Evangelism System enables the Body to fulfill the great calling of Christ to make disciples. A system for Evangelism is like the human Reproductive system. The Evangelism System connects all the members of the Body and uses their energy to create new life in Jesus Christ.
These are just 4 of the organic Body-systems that come to mind, but there are many more.
A clear understanding and healthy use of systems is biblical, and it enables the natural growth of the Church. Anyone who is planting and/or leading a church or business without the necessary systems is not building a viable church.