UACCCI - Bishop's Newletter
United Graduate College and Seminary - United Association of Christian Chaplains and Counselors


UACCCI Ministries
Rev. Dr. Howard McFarland PhD                        Administrator – Lead Bishop
13975 E, 35. St. S. #200
Independence, Mo 64055

FROM THE DESK OF THE BISHOP:                   

This Month, I want us to Focus, on the subject of ACCOUNTABILITY

Accountability 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 Accountability.
In 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.
    You maybe asking, Does the Bible speak of Accountability?

    First of all, the Bible says that God holds us accountable..........     
    Romans 14:12 "So then each of us shall give account of himself to God.
    1 Corinthians 12, 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 encourage.
    Galatians 6:1-2"Brothers, 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 Christ."
    Hebrews 10:24 "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

    There are two essential elements to accountability: Trust and the ability to Relate.
    In order to establish Accountability, there needs to be Trust.
    • Active listening is essential to developing trust. James 1:19 "My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry."
    • A non-judgmental attitude is another essential element. Remember, we can be accepting of an individual while being discerning of the situation. Matthew 7:1-2 "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."
    • Caring for each other is also essential.1 John 4:21 "And he has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother."
    Accountability 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.
    In 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
    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.
    It 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.

    Personal Accountability
    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.
    Here again, it is crucial not only for you to set a standard, it also important that you communicate
    through your actions.

    Ministry Accountability
    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
    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.


    Dr. Howard McFarland 

    Rev. Dr. Howard McFarland




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