Who Needs Accountability?

Everyone. However, we’ve really messed up this concept. We don’t hold people accountable in ways we should, and hold people “accountable” in counterproductive ways. Here are six ways to insure accountability is a blessing rather than too sparse or merely a different word for control. 1. Recognize and the “intrinsic” accountability already present–and align ministry there. For instance, when […]

Why Freedom in Ministry Provides More Accountability

Fish out of water

In honor of Independence Day, this week’s posts will have to do with the concept of freedom in ministry. This post is the third installment. Ministry environments offering more freedom ironically tend to have fewer staff dumpster fires. They actually provide more accountability. Here are a few reasons why: Responsibility for the ministry itself provides […]

Can We Control Him?

Several months ago, the leader of a preacher search committee called me regarding a friend who had applied for their pulpit position. After a series of very good questions, he began asking a lot of questions that pertained to control. It seemed the church recently had a minister/elder blowup. The church subsequently circled the wagons […]