Accountability Groups can easily be supported from scripture. In the very beginning after Cain took his brother’s life, God asked him, “Where is Abel, your brother?” and Cain answered, “I do not know; am I my brother’s keeper?” (Gen 4:9). The answer to Cain’s question is a resounding “yes;” we do have a responsibility in encouraging and lifting up one another in the Christian walk. The Christian life is not to be a walk alone, “you are on you own” lifestyle. Eccl. 4:12 says “… and though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him – a threefold cord is not quickly broken.”
Other references or names have been used to describe accountability groups such as Spiritual Guardians, Mentoring Partners, Equipping Teams, etc. The purpose is to disciple and/or equip others from spiritual children to spiritually mature adults (the definition of a spiritually mature adult will be addressed in a later blog).
For the purpose of this blog, I would like to refer to Accountability Groups as Triads. Triads would naturally refer to groups of three, but in this case it would be any group of two to four. Triads are the most powerful unit of ministry that I have ever witnessed in small groups. A group of three will always be reaching out to others until they add another person to their group. Once a fourth person is added to the group, for a short time they will function as a team until there is certainty that all four are stable and committed to the process and purpose of the ministry of Triads. Once that is established, the four multiply into two groups of two each. Each group then continues to reach out with the goal of building their group to three thus becoming a Triad again. Once again as a team of three they will reach out for the purpose of reaching another, thus making themselves a group of four and multiplying again. The cycle continues as groups reach out and grow for the sake of discipling one another and reaching the lost.
Our last blog on Small Groups pointed out the three qualifications for one to belong to a Triad. Now here are the three goals to be accomplished in a Triad. 1) Life is shared in mutual accountability and for healing (James 5:16). 2) Discipleship takes place weekly through reading assignments and discussing what was read. 3) Witnessing is accomplished by praying strategically, specifically, continuously and reaching out through friendship evangelism.
Triads are simple, yet powerful. They incorporate the values of community, equipping, and reproduction of disciples. The best book I have found of Triads is listed below. Have you ever belonged to an accountability group? What’s your reaction?
“Cultivating a Life for God” by Neil Cole, published by Church Smart 1999 and CMA Resources 2012. For a limited time an e-book of this book can be downloaded free (till October 1, 2015) http://blog.cmare.sources.org/downloads/cultivating-a-life-for-god-by-neil-cole-ebook/
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