Are YOU Willing to be Held Accountable?

In the church world, leadership is an adventure in mutual voluntary submission. Whether we are planting a church, or leading an established church, we need to be intentional about setting up accountability structures for our teams… and ourselves. While setting up effective accountability structures is never easy, it can be especially challenging for church planters. Planters, by their very nature, are entrepreneurial and independent: two personality traits that tend to chafe at submitting to authority.

Several months ago I found myself in a conversation with an incredibly talented church planter whose lack of accountability was stunting the growth of the church he was leading. A lack of follow-through on commitments, a lack of committed lay leadership, and an inability to create sustained momentum were the hallmarks of the church. As I began to probe the situation a little more deeply, I began to realize that the congregation was living out the behaviors modeled by the young pastor who was leading it. While there were no flagrant sin issues on display, there was a subtle pattern of not allowing others to hold him accountable, and explaining it as being OK because it was the way that he is wired.

This pattern resulted in a cycle where every eighteen months or so he would watch as his leadership team turned over. New members would sign on, full of excitement only to slowly lose interest as they watched budgets be ignored, plans get scrapped, and an inability to hold their leader accountable.

As leaders, our willingness to be held accountable for our actions will not only define our leadership, but will determine the overall effectiveness of the organization that we lead.

Are YOU willing to be held accountable?


About the Author: Matt Steen

I love Jesus, Theresa (my wife), the Redskins & Capitals, and am currently living in Waco, Texas where I am studying the finer points of BBQ (while working on my MDiv and MBA at Baylor University). When not studying, I serve church leaders through and am the Director of Connections for Harris Creek Baptist Church's Downtown Campus.