1. What is the Life?
The Life is a Ministry of Power to Change (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ).
The Life is a challenge to focus our lives as believers on what truly matters: reaching out to the people around us with the love of Jesus.
The Life is a commitment to serve and obey God anytime, anywhere, at any cost, to do anything.
The Life is a movement of believers across the globe who are cheering each other on as we partner with God to change the spiritual direction of our nation.
The Life is a source of encouragement and training as we learn to share Christ with our friends, neighbors, coworkers and families.
2. What is an accountability partner?
An accountability partner is purposeful about engaging their partner in real, Christ-centered conversations. When you’re an accountability partner, you make time to connect. You invite honest communication. You have permission to ask searching, direct questions, and offer a godly perspective. You listen carefully and challenge gently. You support, you affirm, you pray. You focus on helping your partner to become more like Jesus. It’s what community is meant to be.
3. What does an accountability partner for the Life do?
Your friend has made an enormous commitment to live as a passionate disciple of Jesus and to make reaching out to people with the gospel his or her highest priority.
As a Life accountability partner, your role is to help your friend to live out that commitment by inviting them to talk with you about their goals, successes, and failures with the Life, and offering your support, encouragement, and prayers.
Of course, you could do this through arranging weekly or biweekly get-togethers or just keeping in touch through email, but if you register through thelife.com, you have access to your friend’s interactive accountability page and we can provide resources to make it easy, such as tips for having a great conversation, how to ask insightful questions, ways to encourage your friend, and reminders to pray.
You are free to opt out of these emails, but we hope you’ll take advantage of our tips for making your accountability relationship facilitate significant life-change.
4. What if I don’t feel qualified to be an accountability partner?
To be a great accountability partner, you do not have to be perfect or have the Christian life figured out. Remember that the Holy Spirit lives in you – God Himself, who is working in you to carry out His good purposes (Philippians 2:13).
You do need to be trustworthy when it comes to confidences, willing to invest a little time in your friend every week, and supportive of the commitment your friend is making.
In fact, the best accountability relationships are often reciprocal – keeping one another
accountable as you set goals together. You may want to consider making the Life Commitment yourself, and naming your friend as your accountability partner. That way you can encourage one another!
5. Is there a biblical basis for accountability partners?
There are many passages in the New Testament that encourage Christians to “spur one another on to good deeds” (Hebrews 10:24). This one, where the apostle Paul is giving advice to the early church, is especially relevant:
“Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently…Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ” (Galatians 6:1-2 TNIV).
6. How can I become more effective as an accountability partner?
If you’ve ever had a great accountability partner or mentor, you know that this kind of relationship has the potential to make a huge impact in someone’s life. But very few of us are ever taught how to be effective and intentional accountability partners.
To help you be a great accountability partner, we’ll be making resources available to you on a regular basis. These will include things like how to have a great conversation, how to ask insightful questions, ways you can encourage your friend, and reminders to pray. You are free to opt out of these emails, but we hope you’ll take advantage of the ideas to develop more meaningful relationships wherever you go.