Rediscovering the wheel

A pastor at the Church Leaders site writes about what he sees as the problems with “accountability groups.” In short, his critique is that they lack grace, often are poor environments for true conversation, do not achieve results, and can be easily gamed by those who want to avoid their true purpose.

His solution is to focus on grace, building each other up, distributed leadership, and establishing groups of various sizes for various tasks. The last item would include larger groups for more general accountability and smaller, more intimate groups for real deep sharing.

Is it just me, or does it sound like this fellow just described early Methodism?


How to judge episcopal effectiveness?

The news about Bishop Bledsoe in North Texas has me thinking about our much vaunted systems of accountability.

We have bishops being told to step aside because they are deemed ineffective, but we do not have public declarations about what those criteria of judgement are. Or do we have that and I am just ignorant of them (a distinct possibility)?

What are the standards for judging whether a bishop is effective or not?