Church Accountability System

Summary

God calls us to be held accountable to every biblical law (Romans 3:19), but is your church perfectly following all biblical commands (Matthew 5:48)? We believe if churches are only being held accountable by other members of the same denomination, church members are likely to confuse local traditions with God’s commandments (Matthew 15:3) or get caught up serving in areas that don’t matter (Luke 10:40). We believe you don’t need to be perfectionist to determine what is perfect (Romans 12:2). What is needed is an orderly system for everything Jesus taught (Titus 1:5). We believe truly caring about God is not letting even one of Jesus’ words be forgotten (John 17:17), the definition of Christian Excellence (Titus 3:8). To that end, we’ve developed a plan to allow your church to systematically follow every biblical command, only requiring a couple hrs/wk of time, split across 2-3 volunteers.

Endorsements

Most Protestants believe that churches should be run by rules found in the Bible. Craig Groeschel, lead pastor of Life Church and creator of the YouVersion Bible app, preaches often about excellence. Catholics and Orthodox also believe that any extra dogma created ultimately aligns with the Bible. The creator of this system spent over 10 years in every area of church leadership and has personally discipled about 10 men. After witnessing many church splits and dying churches due to church politics, these systems were organized to encourage church health as the Bible tells us instead of the personal opinions of the main pastor or any person.

Concepts

Accountability Meeting

Validation: everyone can spend 30 minutes a week talking about improving the church’s accountability to these systems

One of the foundations of excellence is consistency (I Corinthians 15:58), and a good way to do that is through a consistent meeting every week. Many churches try new ideas, but because there’s no accountability to growing that idea, they tend to fizzle out and die.

System Manager

Validation: someone who can dedicate 1-3 hours/wk to manage the System List, each having a goal, plan, and time to review

To ensure the following systems will be well-managed, we ask each church to give one volunteer who can dedicate a few hours each week to managing the following systems. Although we will have a few volunteers overseeing progress across hundreds of churches, we would need someone invested in the church to help grow it systematically with the spiritual gift of administration (I Corinthians 12:28). One example is having an Excel sheet, and one of the rows is for baptism (Matthew 28:19). One column defines the goal of baptism, one column defines the plan for how the church plans to encourage everyone to be baptized, and the final column will have a date to review if the goal and plan are really biblical and effective. There can also be a column for who is managing each ministry, systems to manage them, etc.

System List

  1. Teaching: A church must encourage each member to learn “all” Jesus taught, which is through personal reading of Scripture and hearing preachings (Matthew 28:20).
  2. Exhortation: Don’t preach about “nice” things people already know: teach them where they are failing in sin (Hebrews 3:13; I John 3:18).
  3. Baptism: A church must encourage baptism (I Peter 3:21).
  4. Communion: A church must give communion (Acts 2:42; Luke 22:19).
  5. Fellowship: A church must encourage its members to love and exhort each other to learn about God and do works (Hebrews 10:24-25).
  6. Unity: A church must encourage its members to unite in theology (I Corinthians 1:10).
  7. Excommunication: A church must excommunicate members who continually choose to sin in these 6 specific ways (I Corinthians 5:11-13).
  8. 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).
  9. Politics: Christians are not allowed to run for any political job (II Corinthians 6:14-15,16,17).
  10. Volunteer Balance: Most churches have 20% of its members doing 80% of the work out of compulsion, but they should be eager to serve, not overworked (I Peter 5:2).
  11. Financial Giving: Most finances should help those financially poor and in need (James 2:15-16; I John 3:17-18; James 1:27). A church must aim to increase this number instead of putting tithe money towards personal building or activity growth (I Corinthians 3:9).
  12. Salary: Employees should strive to preferably not get paid but at most earn their country’s middle-income salary (I Corinthians 9:6,9,12,14,15).

People Manager

Validation: someone who can reach out to people for information for 1-3 hours/wk

The systems will require a lot of personal information, yet people divulge personal information only to those they trust. For this reason, we ask the church to find one volunteer who can dedicate 1-3 hours/wk to poll individuals. We believe the person should be a strong extrovert who has the gift of exhortation (Romans 12:8). The person should be well-liked and has enough compassion to know when someone doesn’t want to be bothered. It’s very important the People Manager first determine what God is calling each individual before asking them to join a ministry that might not be meant for them.

Discipleship Metrics

Validation: growing in the number of people who read the Bible (Matthew 28:19-20) and systematically devote themselves to good works (Titus 3:8)

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. While many churches believe their job is to just preach the Gospel (I Corinthians 1:17), if we only do that, we are no different than a Pharisee, who Jesus disdained (Matthew 23:3). While we are commanded to encourage everyone to read the whole Bible (Matthew 28:20), we are equally required to make disciples who “observe all that [Jesus] commanded.” The Gospel itself is summarized in Titus 3:3-8, and the very final part of the Gospel summary is a call to devote ourselves to doing good works (Titus 3:8).

Church Leadership

Validation: routinely testing leader qualifications, ensuring 5 offices and 8 leadership gifts, and decentralizing power to more elders

See our “church leadership” article for a more in-depth look at a biblical church board, pastors, and more.

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