Previously we established that boards, committees, and ministry teams need to focus on ministry, specifically that of making disciples, as commanded in the Great Commission.
To help church boards, committees, and ministry teams keep that kind of focus, they need be be held accountable, an accountability that goes beyond the expectations of the pastor or other church leaders. The Great Commission not only provides the focus but also a higher means of accountability.
Accountability to Keep the Focus of Church Boards, Committees, and Ministry Teams on Discipleship
1) Help them understand the One to whom they are ultimately responsible.
Boards, committees, and ministry teams have a responsibility to the pastor and other church leaders and even to members of the congregation, but ultimately they are responsible to the Lord. The Great Commission begins with Jesus saying, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples …” (Matt. 28:18-20).
2) Help them understand who should be the real Chair Person at their meetings.
Jesus ended the Great Commission with, “And surely I am with you always” (Matt. 28:18-20). This not only means that He sees everything done in our meetings, but also that He, the Head of the Church, should be directing every board, committee, or ministry team meeting. It should be about getting on page with the agenda He established.
It’s hard to imagine a board, committee, or ministry team with this sense of accountability not praying about what they do or not consulting His Word for guidance. Certainly they would remember Jesus words in John 15:5 —
I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.
And, they would abide by Proverbs 3:5-6 —
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
If you emphasize these truths with members of the board, committee, ministry team, even making it a part of training, then you do not need to micro-manage them. You would still serve as a consultant and have some sort of reporting system in place but to keep them on track or to get them back on track, you would keep reminding them of these realities and train them to function like it is true.