Week four: accountability
PRE-RUN INSPIRATION (3-5 MINUTES)
Group Leader Speaking to Entire Group
Thanks for joining us for this week’s run. Before today’s run, I want to take just a minute to help us think like a runner to win life’s race. Today we’re going to think like a runner in terms of accountability.
We all know what accountability is. It’s someone else keeping up with what you’re doing to help you do it well and complete it.
Accountability can come from someone in authority over us, like a boss or teacher or parent. But today I want to encourage you to invite someone into your life to provide accountability. At our last run we talked about how discipline is a positive thing. We should look at accountability as a positive thing as well. It’s a tool that keeps us on task and pointed in the right direction. Accountability helps us make our lives count.
If you’ve been running for very long, you know how this works. There are some mornings when you want to hit the snooze button instead of getting up to run. But if you’re running with a friend, you’re more likely to actually get out of bed. That’s accountability.
A story in the Bible in Exodus 17 gives us a picture of the positive side of accountability. A leader named Moses was standing on the hill, holding up his staff while his army fought a battle. As long as his hands were held high, his army was winning. But when his arms fell, his army didn’t do so well. So two of Moses’ assistants stood beside him to hold up his arms. That’s what accountability looks like—people coming alongside you to help you do something that it’s tough to do all by yourself.
Look around as you run today. Every person in our group is providing accountability that can help you reach your running goals. This is a great thing. As you run, think about some other areas of your life where accountability can help you make your life count, and about some of the people who could provide that accountability in your life.
(Say a brief prayer. After you pray, share any administrative details. Then start the run.)
ASSESSMENT TOOL GOAL: CREATE A LIST
At the Run
Make a note at the run of any new people and which people returned from last week.
Get the contact information for any new people, following the pattern of last week.
Notice which people whom you or other church members did not know before the group started have now shown up for all three runs. If you haven't already, try to strike up a conversation with a few of those people.
After the Run
Update your group's Google doc, focusing on the people in the group who are new to you church. If you have observed any ways your church can serve these people, make a note in the Google doc.
CONNECTION STRATEGY TIPS
Make a note of what runners say about accountability this week, either in the Google doc or in another way. Look for ways to connect runners with each other or with other church members in order to help the runners reach their goals to be connected.
If the need a runner expresses in terms of accountability seems pressing, contact him or her and ask if you can help them find a connection. Take an active role in making this introduction personally as soon as you can.
If you don’t know how to help a runner, contact your club leader for ideas.