“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another” -Proverbs 27:17
“Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed” -James 5:16
“Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.”
“Fools mock at making amends for sin, but goodwill is found among the upright of heart.” -Proverbs 14:9
“Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”
-1 Peter 5:8
“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” – Hebrews 10:24-25
Those are just a few passages from the Bible on the importance of personal accountability. We have learned from Movement Pioneers like Dr Curtis Sergeant and Chuck Wood the importance of loving accountability in the area of personal holiness and spiritual disciplines. These men created their own set of accountability questions to be used at a separate gathering (oustide of church) which consists of 2-4 people in gender-specific groups. These accountability groups were called CHAT Groups (Dr Sergeant) & A-Teams (Chuck Wood) respectively.
Our South Florida Team was trained in the CHAT Group accountability questions by our mentor, Steve Parlato, so we have been using those questions (though I know the A-Teams have also been multiplying). Our team church meets every other week so the men have chosen to meet for accountability after each team church gathering and the women typically meet some time during the week. Each team/church should find a time that works best for them in their context/rhythm of life. The point is, it MUST happen. Not only for the sake of the team, but for the health of the churches that multiply from that team.
We would love to learn from what your team is doing.
-How do you handle personal accountability with your church/team/family?
-What questions are you using?
-When does your team gather?
-What factors are important to see this multiply among streams of churches?