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Pastoral Care and Accountability

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Lesson

Discipleship was an essential part of Jesus’s ministry and a significant part of the early church. Be deliberate about spending time with people that are leaders and potential leaders that are living their lives to follow after God. The heart of congregational accountability is being involved in soul care for each other. Admonition is rebuke and correction that calls people back. Part of admonition is corrective preaching that is done with the right motives and in the right way. Membership requires sacrifice to join others in a battle with others who see themselves as investors not consumers. You, as a pastor, are accountable to protect, guide, encourage, comfort and admonish. In the process of confrontation, it’s important to have a commitment to mutual understanding, to do everything in love, aim for reconciliation, to be proactive, do all for God’s glory, to be a peacemaker and for reconciliation and closure.

Outline

Pastoral Care and Accountability

I. Introduction

II. Accountability and Its Context

A. Accountability begins with discipleship

1. Discipleship was essential to Jesus' ministry

2. Discipleship was a significant part of the early church

3. Discipleship involves thinking through core outcomes

4. Five kinds of people in the church (Gordon MacDonald)

B. Accountability in small groups

1. Fellowship, teaching prayer and accountability

2. Band societies

3. Congregational discipleship

II. Accountability and its expressions

A. Personal admonition

B. Corrective preaching

C. Accountable membership

D. Pastoral accountability

E. Membership calls for accountability by the member

F. Timely discipline

1. Prayer

2. Confrontation

III. Questions

A. How do you structure accountability so leaders don't use it in an abusive way?

B. What does group accountability look like?

C. How should membership agreements be written?

D. How should a pastor encourage people to support the church financially?

E. Should church discipline be at the small group level or in front of the whole church?