Episode 10 | Community and Accountability

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/.

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Episode 9 | Rethinking Formal Church Membership

Welcome to episode 9 of the Ekklesia Podcast. Let’s talk about formal church membership. Is formal church membership necessary and why do most institutional church settings require it? Why am I viewed with suspicion if I don’t become a formal member in an institutional church? Is formal church membership a neutral idea or is it something that is detrimental to genuine community and practicing the “one anothers” in the New Testament? Am I obligated to sign a formal church membership contract? Is formal membership in a church a required part of Christianity? Does God require formal church membership?

Let’s talk about these questions and more in this episode of The Ekklesia Podcast. Most formal church membership contracts revolve around three main areas affecting our lives:

  1. Your Money and Personal Resources.
  2. Power, Authority, and Your Accountability.
  3. Threat of Excommunication for Failure to Meet Expectations.

In this episode I talk about all three as I interact with on-line sources and draw from personal experience as a former pastor.

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