Dr. Howard McFarland PhD Administrator
– Lead Bishop
St. S. #200
THE DESK OF THE BISHOP:
Month, I want us to Focus, on the subject of
is essential for any Ministry to function. We are all held
Accountable in one way or another. For example, there are laws to
obey and if we fail to be obedient, we may have to suffer the
consequences set by the officials who hold us Accountable.
Accountability is simply being responsible for one's own actions.
Ministers, need support and comfort and often find this through
my Personal Life, I am my worst critique. I keep a Daily Journal, and
each night, I reflect on the + pluses & - negatives.
Monthly, I take time to discipline myself to changes that I need to
make. At the end of each year, I then look back on all of the Data of
my Life, Prayer, seek God, and let Him correct, & guide me on
changes, discipline, and directions, I need to do.
maybe asking, Does the Bible speak of Accountability?
of all, the Bible says that God holds us accountable..........
"So then each of us shall give account of himself to God.
we read that Christians are all part of the same body - the body of
Christ - and each member needs or belongs to the other. This
Scripture suggests the importance of strong accountability between
Believers. It is important for every Believer to have at least one
other person in which to confide, pray with, listen to, and
if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore
him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted. Carry
each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of
"And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love
and good deeds." 1
Thessalonians 5:11 Encourage
one another and build each other up
are two essential elements to accountability: Trust and the ability
order to establish Accountability, there needs to be Trust.
listening is essential to developing trust.
"My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick
to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry."
non-judgmental attitude is another essential element. Remember, we
can be accepting of an individual while being discerning of the
"Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way
you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use,
it will be measured to you."
for each other is also essential.1
"And he has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also
love his brother."
involves a willingness to open yourself up and share sensitive or
personal information. This is why trust is so imperative. If you
sense trust, you are more open to share your innermost thoughts
without concern of betrayal.
breaking this down, I want to create 4 categories of accountability
as it relates to Ministry, you need to know one thing first — the
key to understanding and utilizing each of these areas of
Accountability is to take hold of your role as Ministers, in modeling
these areas of Accountability well before your people. This means
that you must communicate levels of expectation, “As the Leadership
goes, so go the people.”
Spiritual Accountability to be dedication to daily time spent in
bible study and prayer. Neither you, oranyone
can lead someone to a place spiritually where they have never been.
As we seek to feed the sheep that God has given us to shepherd, we
must make sure to constantly be in a posture of submissive reception
to the word of God. As we are filled and Ministered to, we are also
equipped to guide others, but outside of this discipline, we are
simply blind leading blind.
is important for you as a Minister to model this by communicating
both how you do this and what you are learning on a regular basis.
This allows a healthy access to your life as the Minister, and also
trains and encourages people to do the same.
Although personal accountability is generally
tied in with Spiritual Accountability, I wanted to break it out here
in highlighting the great impact that a person’s ongoing actions
have on the people that are looking to them for leadership. Personal
accountability leans into a person’s relationships on every level,
their actions while out in public and while at home. This must be
highlighted because today’s church has a hypocrisy problem. We tend
to behave one way on Sundays and another on Mondays. This is
unacceptable for the Christian leader, because as we know, true
discipleship means giving access to one’s life so that the learner
can witness first hand what it looks like to follow Christ in every
area of life. When we model a life only partially dedicated to God
that is filled with rationalized “Christian liberties”, we put
our people at an immediate disadvantage.
again, it is crucial not only for you to set a standard, it also
important that you communicate
Ministry Accountability speaks to the specific
measures of Accountability that you want to set for yourself and
others. This should be a set of standards that uphold a level of
excellence in your Ministry. This is one area in which you MUST set a
higher standard for yourself then you do for others. You have to
lead by example, if you don't raise the bar, in Accountability, you
can't expect others to.
Growth accountability is a more general area,
but this is simply an area of Accountability that sets expectations
for all involved to always be seeking to be better themselves. If
your not Growing Spiritually, then you need re-evaluate your
Spiritual life and find out why. As Ministers, we need to be growing,
disciplining, and leading by example to others. If you cannot be
Accountable to others in Ministry, then you cannot teach
Accountability to others.
Rev. Dr. Howard McFarland