Neither Paul nor Timothy traveled alone in the Book of Acts. These two had a major part in changing the world, just as leaders today and throughout history have desired to do, and they chose accountability. If these men used of God and powerful in anointing, needed partners in the gospel, how can we begin to think we can do it alone? Jesus showed the power of accountability when he began His earthly ministry by first choosing a team to whom He would be accountable. This was the kind of open accountability Jesus had with His disciples:”No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from my Father, I have made known to you”. (John 15;15).
From these examples, leaders learn that an accountability friendship is not a casual suggestion; it is an absolute imperative and a trusted, intimate friendship. The accountability partner cancels out the opportunity to cover up emotional problems, wrong doing, temptations, and to pretend all is ALRIGHT when it’s not; they give permission to get in one another’s face to ask the hard questions. In order for leaders solve problems, they need to know the deepest fears of the followers and highest dreams. You can lead people for so long, live with them, sing with them, but never help them live fully with and in victory, strength, and fulfillment.
Your accountability partners should be people with whom you are committed to sharing deepest part of yourself. People who can drive you, push you, break you just to make you better.