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The Value of Pastoral Accountability

"Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective" (Jas 5:16, NIV). 

“We should lay our infirmities on one another’s breasts, to receive among ourselves mutual counsel, mutual compassion, and mutual consolation. Then, as we are aware of our brothers’ infirmities, let us pray to God for these” (John Calvin, Instit., 3.4.6).

For over half a year now I've enjoyed a co-pastor in ministry. This has always been a dream of mine, for both psychological and ecclesiastical reasons. An off-the-charts extrovert who recoils at the thought of being alone, I love having someone nearby with whom to chat. More seriously, the solitude of pastoral ministry can occasion unhealthy habits and depressing thoughts. Pastors need peer review and accountability, not least for time management, and they profit immensely from a peer sounding board, off which to bounce ideas and receive encouragement.…

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