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In the typical American Christian small group we love to use the word accountability. But if we are precise in our definitions, we really don't have accountability; we only have disclosure. A group member is often willing to disclose personal struggles and decisions, but there is usually no invitation to challenge the choices or to hold the person accountable to an objective standard.

permalink source: Randy Frazee, The Connecting Church page 57
tags: Accountability, Small Groups

Recently I witnessed an unusual accountability partnership at my church. In an effort to break his habit of using profanity, Paul started meeting with another guy from church, and they set up an aggressive plan for holiness. Each Sunday, Paul would report to William how many times he cussed during the week, and he'd put $5 in the offering plate for each incident. The first week cost Paul $100. Although following weeks improved somewhat, he wasn't having the success he wanted and was losing a lot of hard-earned cash. After the fourth week, William told Paul he had unilaterally changed the deal for the coming week, but he wouldn't tell Paul how. Paul wanted to know, but all William would say was, "Trust me. It will cost you both less and more." The following Sunday before worship, Paul was looking a bit down, obviously having failed again. William put a hand on his shoulder and said, "Paul, this will cost you both less and more. It's called grace." At that he took out a check made out to the church, dated and signed by William. Only the amount was blank. "Your sin still costs, but for you it's free. Just fill in the numbers. And next week there will be more grace." That first week of grace cost William $55, but the second only cost him $20. There was no third week. It cost Paul too much to fill in those checks, so he quit sinning.

permalink source: Bill White, Paramount, California
tags: Grace, Repentance, Accountability, Conviction

In the movement associated with John Wesley, people met together in little communities to help hold each other accountable for their deepest values and most important decisions. Wesley had a beautiful phrase for this: he called it watching over one another in love. Before someone entered into this community, they would be asked a series of questions to see if they were serious about living in mutual accountability. Sometimes when I speak on community I'll read these to church leaders, and ask them to imagine these questions being posed to attenders at their churches: · Does any sin, inward or outward, have dominion over you? · Do you desire to be told of your faults? · Do you desire to be told of all your faults—and that plain and clear? (By this point, church leaders are inevitably laughing at even the idea of people putting up with such pointed questions.) · Consider! Do you desire that we should tell you whatsoever we think, whatsoever we fear, whatsoever we hear concerning you? · Do you desire that in doing this we should come as close as possible, that we should cut to the quick, and search your heart to the bottom? · Is it your desire and design to be on this and all other occasions entirely open, so as to speak everything that is in your heart, without exception, without disguise, and without reserve?

permalink source: John Ortberg, Everybody's Normal Til You Get To Know Them
tags: Community, Trust, Accountability, Small Groups

"The essence of coaching is the attention to details and the monitoring of results -- these are what help leaders realize visions and accomplish goals."

permalink source: Ken Blanchard
tags: Vision, Mentoring, Accountability

When proclivities have resources then possibilities become actualities.

permalink source: Ravi Zacharias
tags: Temptation, Accountability