Church Accountability System
Accountability is about making sure every church and the people within them are doing what Jesus said. The following is a list of biblical rules that churches must abide by to ensure healthy growth. After witnessing many church splits and dying churches, the rules were organized to encourage church health as the Bible tells us instead of the personal opinions of the main pastor or any person.
Most Protestants believe that churches should be run by rules found in the Bible. Catholics and Orthodox also believe that any extra dogma created ultimately aligns with the Bible.
Is your church dying or growing (Matthew 9:16-17)? Traditions can get in the way of real discipleship (Matthew 15:3); so consider trying something new (Romans 12:2) if your church is stagnating in new disciples (Matthew 28:19) or not meeting the below rules:
- Meet Needs: Some of your small groups, Bible studies, and other ministries need to be focused on a poll of what your church needs, not what the leaders think is best (Romans 12:13; II Corinthians 9:12; I John 3:17).
- Exhort: Don’t preach about “nice” things people already know: teach them where they are failing in sin (Hebrews 3:13; I John 3:18).
- Disciple: We are not called to just have potlucks or parties, but to reconcile people to God (II Corinthians 5:18). Make sure the ministries that you assign your volunteers to actually are making lifelong disciples (Matthew 28:19-20), not just growing a “holy huddle.”
- Innovate: Godliness is about testing what is best (Romans 12:2), not focusing on the traditions (Matthew 15:3) of a Sunday morning concert and lecture. Worship is about a personal connection with God, not sound and lights. Preaching is about life change, not how many people liked it.
- Get Help: Ministers stay in their roles for years, despite no fruit (Matthew 7:17). It takes a humble man to step down or get outside help when he is failing his own standards (Proverbs 16:18).
For those in our accountability program, we will ask you at a specified interval to give evidence of a successful system in your church for each of the following.
Metrics are the main ways we tell if a church is following Jesus’ biblical model or not. This is all about determining who is a disciple.
- The church must grow in the number of people who read the full Bible or serve in a ministry, at your church or elsewhere (Matthew 28:19-20).
- The church must increase the number of people attending while decreasing the number of people leaving (Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:47; Matthew 16:18-19; see End Times revival).
Church leaders must encourage their members to do the following:
- Learn: A church must teach and encourage each member to grow in the truth daily (Acts 2:42; Matthew 28:20).
- Unite: A church must seek to have its members united in theology (Acts 2:44).
- Pray: A church must guide everyone in a personal prayer life (Acts 2:42).
- Fellowship: A church must seek for its members to eat with other Christians besides their own family daily (Acts 2:46).
- Evangelize: A church must seek for its members to evangelize with other Christians daily (Acts 5:42; Acts 2:46).
- Give: A church must encourage its members to give, not necessarily to your church but to any ministry (I Corinthians 16:2-3).
- Spiritual Gifts: A church must seek to fill every spiritual gift (Acts 2:43; Ephesians 4:11,16), not based on the leaders’ perceived needs, but based on the individual’s gifting (I Corinthians 12:11).
Regulations are rules that the Bible tells us to maintain in running the church.
- Baptism: A church must encourage baptism (I Peter 3:21).
- Communion: A church must give communion (Acts 2:42; Luke 22:19).
- Needs: A church must make sure all of its own Christian members have no needs (Acts 2:45).
- Salary: No employee is allowed to receive a salary or equivalent assets or benefits higher than twice that countries minimum wage (I Corinthians 9:6,9,12,14,15).
- Giving: At least 30% of all income must go towards helping those financially poor and in need (James 2:15-16; I John 3:17-18). A church must aim to increase this number instead of putting tithe money towards personal building or activity growth (I Corinthians 3:9).
- Politics: Church leaders are not allowed to run for any political job (II Corinthians 6:14-15,16,17).
- Pastoring: For a church larger than 10, the main pastor or teacher must aim to find 2 or more pastors or teachers (II Timothy 2:2) to prevent 1 main pastor from controlling the church and becoming an idol (I Corinthians 1:12-13).
- War: Christians must respect the laws of their land with regards to war (Romans 13:1) but must also respect God’s leading in if the killing is actually murder (James 4:2). Christians shouldn’t seek to finance war, for being a peacemaker (Matthew 5:9) is about spreading the Gospel of love and truth (Matthew 28:19-20). Satan believes in killing his oppressors (John 10:10), but Jesus believes in saving them (John 3:17).
- Excommunication: A church must excommunicate members who continually choose to sin in these 6 specific ways (I Corinthians 5:11-13).
- Volunteer Balance: Most churches have 20% of its members doing 80% of the work because they feel compelled to, but they should be eager to serve, not overworked (I Peter 5:2).
- Accountability Partners: Leaders in a church must routinely be held accountable by various other churches (Galatians 6:1; Titus 1:5,10-11).
These are biblical rules in testing who should lead a church (I Timothy 3:10).
- Gentle: Leaders must guide through agreeableness, not angrily demanding orders or arrogantly quarreling about opinions (I Peter 5:3; I Timothy 3:3; Titus 1:7).
- Above Reproach: The leader must not be known for constant sinning (I Timothy 3:2; Titus 1:6-7).
- Male: Leaders must be biological men (I Timothy 3:2; I Timothy 2:12-13; GotQuestions).
- Monogamous: Leaders must either be single (I Corinthians 7:6-7) or married to one woman (I Timothy 3:2,12; Titus 1:6).
- Sober-minded: Leaders must not be drunks, on drugs, or under any kind of mind-based influence (I Timothy 3:2-3,8; Titus 1:7).
- Self-controlled: Leaders must have good control over their own time, money, anger, etc. (I Timothy 3:2,8; Titus 1:7-8).
- Respectable: Leaders must be considered honorable by the general population (I Timothy 3:2,7).
- Hospitable: Leaders must have a warm and open personality (I Timothy 3:2; Titus 1:8).
- Teachers: Leaders must know enough about the Bible to teach others (I Timothy 3:2).
- Generous: Leaders must not love money (I Timothy 3:3,8; Titus 1:7).
- Good Father: If he has children, they must be submissive and noble (I Timothy 3:4-5,12; Titus 1:6).
- Old Convert: The leader must have been saved for a year (I Timothy 3:6).
- Honest: A leader must love righteousness (Titus 1:8) and not be a hypocrite (I Timothy 3:8).
- Faithful: A leader must have a strong conviction that Jesus is God (I Timothy 3:9).
- Good Wife: Their wife must be good, not slanderous, sober-minded, and faithful (I Timothy 3:11).
- Evidence: Leaders are chosen based on character and evidence of success, not age or experience (I Timothy 4:12-13; Jeremiah 1:7).