FAQ: Being An Accountability Partner for The Life
1. What does it mean to be an accountability partner for the Life?
Your friend has made an enormous commitment to live as a passionate disciple of Jesus and to make reaching out to people with the gospel his or her highest priority.
As a Life accountability partner, your role is to help your friend to live out that commitment by inviting them to talk with you about their goals, successes, and failures with the Life, and offering your support, encouragement, and prayers.
2. Is there a biblical basis for accountability partners?
There are many passages in the New Testament that encourage Christians to “spur one another on to good deeds” (Hebrews 10:24). This one, where the apostle Paul is giving advice to the early church, is especially relevant:
“Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently…Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ” (Galatians 6:1-2 TNIV).
3. What are the best ways to support my accountability partner?
You can support your accountability partner in four key ways:
- Pray often for your friend to grow in faith, courage, obedience, and passion, as well as for any other specific requests they share with you. You can also pray for them specifically in an email.
- Ask questions. Connect with your friend regularly to find out how he or she is doing. Ask specific questions related to the Life: How are you becoming more like Jesus? Who are you trying to reach with the gospel? In what ways have you shown Jesus’ love to the people around you? What are you struggling to surrender to Christ this week?
- Encourage your friend. Cheer your friend on when there are challenges, disappointments, and fears to overcome.
- Celebrate together when God does amazing things!
4. What if I don’t feel qualified to be an accountability partner?
To be a great accountability partner, you do not have to be perfect or have the Christian life figured out. Remember that the Holy Spirit lives in you – God Himself, who is working in you to carry out His good purposes (Philippians 2:13).
You do need to be trustworthy when it comes to confidences, willing to invest a little time in your friend every week, and supportive of the commitment your friend is making.
In fact, the best accountability relationships are often reciprocal – keeping one another accountable as you set goals together. You may want to consider making the Life commitment yourself, and naming your friend as your accountability partner. That way you can encourage one another!
5. How can I become more effective as an accountability partner?
If you’ve ever had a great accountability partner or mentor, you know that this kind of relationship has the potential to make a huge impact in someone’s life. But very few of us are ever taught how to be effective and intentional accountability partners..
To help you be a great accountability partner, we’ll be making resources available to you on a regular basis. These will include things like how to have a great conversation, how to ask insightful questions, ways you can encourage your friend, and reminders to pray. You are free to opt out of these emails, but we hope you’ll take advantage of the ideas to develop more meaningful relationships wherever you go.