However, we’ve really messed up this concept. We don’t hold people accountable in ways we should, and hold people “accountable” in counterproductive ways.
Here are six ways to ensure accountability is a blessing rather than too sparse or merely a different word for control.
1. Recognize the “intrinsic” accountability already present—and align ministry there.
For instance, when hiring a new staff member, there is intrinsic accountability built into the results of the hire that insure the “hirer” will do a thorough job—if the “hirer” is the senior pastor.
They will have to do with fewer financial resources because of the hire. So, there are a lot of built in reasons for them to do a thorough job with the hire. Accountability is intrinsic.
This is why, in my opinion, committees are helpful in an advisory capacity, but not a “voting” capacity in the hiring process. They aren’t accountable, and have no real skin in the hire. Ministry hires are nuanced in ways business hires aren’t—and vice versa.