We live in a world where everything from kid’s toys to our favorite piece of technology comes with directions. We are accustomed to getting a piece of paper or booklet with the newly purchased item giving us instructions often in multiple languages. Even if those instructions are confusing, at least there is a script to give us some guidance.
So what about Accountability? Is there a script for this? Perhaps you are deeply interested in maximizing this discipline in your life but are just looking for some direction. You have basic questions like:
* When to meet and for how long?
* Where to meet and in what setting?
* What to discuss and curriculum to use?
These are all good and pertinent questions that deserve answers but not quick ones and definitely not clichés. For example, although you may be meeting for a designated time and going through a specific Bible study, remember this is bigger than a curriculum. You are doing life together not just appointments. This is about life on life.
The question still remains, “Is there a script to be followed for accountability?” I would like to suggest that the answer is “Yes” but not in the way that we often think. It is not like the directions that come with the toys…uh…I mean tools we buy for ourselves. This script is a guideline, not a set of hard and fast rules.
In accountability, like discipleship -- which are closely related -- each case is a bit different. You have to define the relationship based on the individual with whom you are connecting. I suggest the following four part outline as a guide to building an accountability relationship.
- Evaluate – The script for accountability is determined by the individual and his/her present point of spirituality. You must meet them there first. (See 2x4’s or Teddy Bears)
- Generate – Every script for accountability will have the same “biblical principle components” but may have different “success markers” defined by the individual’s need and capacity for growth. (See What’s Next?)
- Motivate – Any good script for accountability will contain a plan for encouraging one another. (See We Are In This Together)
- Elevate – The goal of the accountability script is to move the accountability partner forward in their faith to become more like Christ. (See More Than a Checklist)
The script for accountability should ultimately follow the principles of scripture. Verses such as 2 Timothy 2:2 and Proverbs 27:17 give us both insight and direction concerning an accountability relationship.
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