Pastors Christopher Brooks and Mark Dever at the Evangelical Leadership Summit Call for Congregations to Create a ‘Culture of Accountability’ for Their Pastors and Church Leaders

(PHOTO: THE CHRISTIAN POST/SONNY HONG) A panel at the 2014 Evangelical Leadership Summit on the issue of urban churches and their outreach, held in Washington, at the American Enterprise Institute on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014. From L to R: Greg Forster of the Kern Family Foundation, Christopher Brooks of Evangel Ministries in Detroit, and Mark Dever of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D.C.
(PHOTO: THE CHRISTIAN POST/SONNY HONG)
A panel at the 2014 Evangelical Leadership Summit on the issue of urban churches and their outreach, held in Washington, at the American Enterprise Institute on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014. From L to R: Greg Forster of the Kern Family Foundation, Christopher Brooks of Evangel Ministries in Detroit, and Mark Dever of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D.C.

Pastors Mark Dever of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. and Christopher Brooks, head of Evangel Ministries in Detroit, say congregations must uphold their biblical responsibilities as members of the church by creating a “culture of accountability” for their pastors and church leaders. 

Speaking at the Evangelical Leadership Summit hosted by the American Enterprise Institute, the two pastors who oversee inner city churches talked about an array of issues concerning pastoral leadership.

“I think a lot of churches are dysfunctional because their pastors are terrible. And I would like to see more healthy pastors leading more healthy churches,” Dever said.

Dever told The Christian Post that it’s important for congregations to be careful in selecting a pastor, saying that when Jesus said “don’t judge, He didn’t say don’t be discerning.”

“Congregations have a responsibility to be discerning,” Dever asserted. “One of the ways you begin is by teaching congregations the responsibility they have biblically.”

Dever added that congregations that are searching for a pastor should not view themselves “as passive sufferers,” but rather they should look to find good pastors in ministries that are healthy.

“You hope one of the good things a ministry will do is raise up other good ministers,” he said. “If you’re in a church where you’re looking for a pastor or are between pastors, go to a ministry that is healthy. Don’t put an ad out in Christianity Today, talk to a church.”

Pastor Brooks, who was invited by AEI to give comment on his experiences, told CP that church elder boards are especially important.

“We may disagree on how you go about church governance, but I would say that every church needs to have a sense of strong accountability for pastors,” Brooks said.

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Source: Christian Post | MICHAEL GRYBOSKI