Accountability brings a number of thoughts to mind regarding leadership. We know we will give an account, but what exactly does this word involve for spiritual leadership?
There is the implication of what is required. As spiritual leaders, certain requirements could be listed. We are required to be trustworthy, faithful, examples, and people of integrity, just to name a few.
There are certain expectations. An expectation seems to add a new level in spiritual leadership. People tend to meet whatever is expected of them. If we expect little, we get little. If we expect more, we get more. When leaders make decisions, there is an expectation we will be held accountable.
There is an understanding of responsibility. If leaders give an account for their decisions and actions, we know there is a level of responsibility connected to the decisions and actions taken by leadership.
We will all be held accountable for our deeds in this life, both good and bad. How much more so for leaders who will answer to God for the direction of their leadership of God’s people.