It seems that a week does not go by without reading or seeing something on social media about a prominent pastor who falls from grace or acts out of touch. Whether it’s Mark Driscoll’s ouster and break up of his gigachurch, Mars Hill in Seattle, or outrageous news about TV preacher Creflo Dollar’s $65 Million private ministry jet. These very public items may puzzle us. How does one in ministry reach such success then seem to implode or become out of touch? While we may focus on these famous people for the sake of discussion, similar failures are present in our local churches regardless of size or influence. Leaders at all levels of ministry are people. And, people are frail beings prone to wander. “There, but for the grace of God, go I” is surely the honest confession of any church leader. As church leaders, the grace needed is for our choices as leaders and their cascading consequences. We surely need it.
Accountability for pastors and leaders matter because our influence leaves many in its wake. Our responsibility, whether we are ordained pastors, church employees, or lay church leaders, requires a level of accountability to protect ourselves and the flock we serve. Simply, accountability is that system we either create or submit to that keeps our darker nature in check as leaders. Each leader is susceptible to one or more of the common weaknesses—money, sex, or power. It is easy for a leader to hide behind the piousness of being sexually pure while hoarding and abusing power. One may be judicious in how he or she handles church staff and influence over others but be lead astray with poor financial decisions. For this reason, we must be humbly self-aware which is what accountability does best. There is one caveat. Accountability for pastors can never be fool-proof. [Read more…] about 10 Reasons Why Accountability for Pastors Is Paramount