„Good leaders know that power can be seductive, and they understand their own fallibility. To be a leader and deny this is to put yourself in danger. Over the years, I’ve read about many leaders who failed ethically in their leadership. Can you guess what they had in common? They all thought it could never happen to them. There was a false sence of security…”
John C. Maxwell, Leadership Gold, p15, 16
In 2007 Mars Hill changed its bylaws to limit power to a very small group, effectively giving Driscoll unfettered free reign over the church. When two pastors objected to this structure, they were fired and subjected to a church trial where members were encouraged to shun one of them. For many, this move marked “the beginning of the end” of Mars Hill Church as Driscoll faced little accountability in his decision-making.
While churches associated with denominations often have structures in place to hold pastors accountable, non-denominational evangelical churches sometimes do not. Preserving some form of accountability is absolutely crucial to maintaining a healthy, non-abusive church, so I would urge all churchgoers to become familiar with how your church leadership is structured and to watch out for authoritarian leaders who seek to consolidate power to their office. If your pastor has little to no accountability, and if your questions about accountability are met with hostility, leave. Groups that organize national pastor conferences should consider not inviting as speakers pastors who refuse accountability. Christian media, too, must do a better job of reporting on the organization structure and finances of evangelical mega-churches. Christian reporters are not obligated to paint rosy pictures of churches; they’re obligated to paint accurate ones. (See also: “Why Mark Driscoll Needs A Bishop” by Erik Parker.) …” Read more>>
Source : Rachel Held Evans
Note : I have to mention that I do not agree with in all opinions of this author.
„…We all need discernment, biblical discernment. The only way to have this is to read and know God’s Word. There is no substitute. Here are 7 tips to help you spot a wolf.
1.They misuse the Bible.
2.God speaks to them frequently.
3.They take and spend a lot of money for themselves.
4.If you give to their ministry God will return even greater blessing to you in the future.
5.They talk about themselves–a lot.
6.They have no real accountability.
7.They frequently reference the size of the crowd to validate God’s anointing on them and their ministry.
2 Peter 2:1-2 But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them—bringing swift destruction on themselves. Many will follow their depraved conduct and will bring the way of truth into disrepute.” Read the full article here
Source : http://churchismessy.com/
(1) Accountability is an essential part of a functional society
(2) Accountability helps to promote biblical controls or checks and balances.
(3) Accountability is necessary because like sheep we tend to go our own way.
(4) Accountability promotes servant-like leadership in keeping with the pastoral mandate to watch over the flock.
(5) Accountability is protective to both leaders and to the flock. Read the full article here>>
Source : Bible.org