Happy New Year and welcome to episode 10 of The Ekklesia Podcast. We’ve broken through the single-digit episode barrier on this first day of 2018! In this episode, let’s talk about community and accountability. In our various church settings, we hear a lot about community and accountability. In fact, we often hear them referenced in conversation as two components of the same thing. We’ve been told that accountability is the vehicle that gets us to genuine community so we climb aboard the accountability bus, thinking it’s going to take us to community only to find that bus is traveling in the wrong direction.
All things being equal, most of us warm up to the idea of community. Most of us desire genuine community that’s based on love and affection but we cringe at hearing the word accountability. And rightly so. More often than not, accountability kills genuine community because instead of being based on love, it’s based on conformity to rules and it employs rewards for conformity to those rules and punishments for failure to conform.
This episode is loosely based on a paper I wrote entitled, Rethinking Church: Community and Accountability. You can download that paper at https://ekklesiablogs.wordpress.com/2017/10/17/rethinking-church-community-and-accountability/. It’s part of a five-part series I wrote called Rethinking Church. You can see the entire series at https://ekklesiablogs.wordpress.com/category/rethinking-church-series/.