Accountability

Definition:

Accountability is the process where individuals or groups mutually submit what they are doing to the guidance and direction of others for the purpose of reaching a common goal. Accountability is established by mutually agreed limits and expectations based on truthful and complete understanding of the problems and rewards. The process involves first understanding the goals, and then setting mutually agreed responsibilities and mutually agreed ways of reporting. Finally, consequences for failure need to be defined.

Characteristics:

Be:

  • available
  • accessible
  • transparent
  • team player
  • user friendly
  • communicative

Know:

  • understanding of failure
  • participatory decisions making
  • conflict and personality differences

Do:

  • records
  • reports
  • journals
  • recalls
  • engages in dialogue

Outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate a Christ-like character of submission, integrity and love in all relationships. ACC-1
  2. Explain and demonstrate how the Christian life of accountability is shown in relational integrity, leadership integrity, and financial integrity toward God, church leaders, within marriage, and in other relationships. ACC-2
  3. Explain how Christ’s submission to the Father is the example for submission within human relationships. ACC-3
  4. Explain how loving obedience to Christ is the necessary response of faith in Christ. ACC-4
  5. Explain the accountability and reporting structures in the local, district, and general church. ACC-5
  6. Explain Biblical models of stewardship and accountability and how these compare and contrast with local contexts. ACC-6
  7. Explain how the difference between Biblical understanding of forgiveness, restitution, and trust compare and contrast with local cultural understandings and the impact on the accountability relationship. ACC-7