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.
These lies are told every day all around our country, and people are believing them.