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We live in a world where everything from kid’s toys to our favorite piece of technology comes with directions. We are accustomed to getting a piece of paper or booklet with the newly purchased item giving us instructions often in multiple languages. Even if those instructions are confusing, at least there is a script to give us some guidance. So…

“Oh it is just a fad he’s going though!  Give him a little time and he will get over it.” Those were the words I heard one of my friends at school telling another friend shortly after I trusted Christ as my Savior. These were good friends but my new way of thinking had all of us confused. You see…

(Guest post by Betsi Calhoun*) This phrase was coined by a young man after climbing all 29,035 feet of Mt. Everest and reaching its summit...at age 13.  I recently watched as he sat with his dad and stepmom and relayed the story in an interview with Ann Curry on NBC news.  On Christmas Day 2011, then 15 year old Jordan…

I use the words “suspects” and “prospects” a little tongue in cheek. However for anyone who has done any amount of discipleship/accountability, you understand my attempt at humor. One of the most critical decisions you will make in the accountability process is who you will work with and who you will have to decline. Here is how I see the…

I grew up watching Superman, in black and white no less. As the TV program came on, I remember some of the opening lines went something like this: …faster than a speeding bullet…able to leap tall buildings in a single bound…look….it’s a bird…it’s a plane…no…it’s Superman! Just hearing the music in the introduction to this program brought my little brother…

It happened. Someone asked you to disciple and hold them accountable. So now what do you do? You have been praying for this moment and looking for this opportunity but now that it is here you just want to know what to do next. In my post Accountability: 2 x 4's or Teddy Bears I talked about the tool of…

Encouragement is one of the major roles of accountability (1 Thessalonians 5:11). Does this sound strange to you? Does it sound like a contradiction to talk about an accountability partner and an encourager as being one in the same person? It is only a strange concept if we view accountability as a restrictive or controlling relationship. Encouragement should not be…

In case you haven’t noticed, not everyone is wired the same way. Some people are outgoing and others are reserved. Some are direct and others are subtle. Some like “in your face” confrontation and others appreciate a softer approach to correction. Perhaps you think I am just stating the obvious and that everybody knows this little tidbit of truth but…do…

When our children were small, we used checklists to help keep them on track. My wife would make elaborate wall charts that would be decorated with smiley faces, check marks, smurf stickers or whatever inanimate creatures would motivate them to clean their rooms or take out the trash. It was a good system at least for the first few years…

Accountability is a vital leadership component that provides opportunity for instruction, feedback and encouragement. However, some have forsaken this practical principle, viewing it as unnecessary or even negative. Perhaps you have even heard accountability referred to as legalism. But is accountability really legalistically controlling someone’s life or is it about leveraging one another’s strengths? In my first post on the…

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