Last week’s post gave this definition for accountability: “mutual disclosure leading to increased obedience.” Remember, the end goal of our accountability times is not to get to know each other better but to grow in our obedience to Christ so as to be conformed to his image (Romans 8:29) and to walk in the same way in which he walked (1 John 2:6).
In order for this type of accountability to take place, leaders need to (1) model this through self-disclosure and (2) be intentional about guiding conversations and asking good questions in such a way that brings people to a place of vulnerability. To help you achieve this, here are two optional resources that may help you as you lead accountability times in each of your groups.
1. Personal Accountability Worksheet (click here to download)
This in-depth accountability worksheet can be used to guide sharing times. This could be a resource you use every week if time permits or a resource you bring out a couple of times a semester to check-up on how everyone is doing in each of these areas. Have your small group members fill it out and then discuss their worksheets with the group. Encourage them to talk about areas of victory and areas where growth is needed.
2. Personal Growth Points (click here to download)
This is another useful resource that can help you guide conversation during accountability times. Encourage each member of your small group to choose one spiritual discipline, one relationship, and one character quality each week that they want to work on and grow in. Be sure to followup with each of these areas each week to see how members of your small group are progressing and growing.
I hope that you find these resources helpful, useful, and practical.
Do you have any practical tips when it comes to facilitating times of accountability or know of any other useful resources? If so, please comment on this post and let us know!
You are loved!