God's Mission Matters May 2010 podcast - Ask and tell!
Building mutual accountability into your partnership
May 15, 2010
By Sherron George
“Each of us will be accountable to God.” (Romans 14:12)
God created human beings to live in community in relationships of mutual care and respect. God calls us to be active participants in God´s mission in partnerships with one another. We need and seek Christian communities. We do mission in partnership because it is God´s way and because we do mission better together.
However, at the same time, we all know that our human nature has a tendency toward selfishness, control, imposition, insensitivity and individualism. In the recent global financial crisis we discovered that the free market does not succeed in self-regulation. In all areas of human existence we need others to help us see and correct our mistakes. We need others to keep us honest, to keep us from falling into temptations.
In every human relationship we assume certain mutual commitments. Partnerships in mission, like other social contracts, depend on mutuality and interdependence. This includes mutual nurture, mutual respect, mutual trust, mutual correction and mutual accountability. In all relationships we must hold each other accountable.
Partnership calls for open dialogue and transparency. This means we are open about our plans, intentions, gifts and priorities. Both givers and receivers are transparent in all financial matters. We honor requests, limits, budgets and proper channels. All partners are open to questions, evaluations and corrections. Partners must “speak the truth in love” and tell us when we are incoherent, dishonest, offensive or culturally insensitive. We need each other because self-deceit is stronger than self-regulation and self-evaluation.