What is a Christian Accountabilty Partner (CAP)?
In its simplest form, its accountability. As in Proverbs 27:17 - “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another” (NIV). The goal of a Christian Accountability Partner (CAP) is to transform the lives of those in the group through reading the Bible consistently, prayer, and accountability.
The CAP basics
- People who are looking to form a CAP should desire to experience the depth of the love of Christ and to change the world around them (and themselves as well.) Choose people that you trust as things are going to get personal.
- Groups should consist of two to three members. Any more than that and it's recommended you split up to make sure you have the ability to form close bonds and have time to really talk through things.
- Groups should try to meet weekly for about an hour.
- To insure honest conversation and protect the integrity of the meeting, members should all be of the same gender.
- There is no "leader". All in the group are equally accountable to each other.
Weekly CAP Questions
These questions are to be asked of one another in a weekly meeting of accountability to stimulate conversations of character and confession of sin in a safe environment which values honesty, vulnerability, confidentiality and grace.
1. Did you spend time in Bible reading and prayer each day this week?
2. What did God teach you last week?
3. If your spouse could review a video of everything you saw and thought last week regarding sexual temptation, is there anything that would require forgiveness or explanation?
4. Was there a particular sin you battled with most this week?
5. Name a way God won in your life this week.
6. Did you share your faith with someone? Do you have five people you are currently praying for to find Jesus, and did you pray for them this week?
7. Did you take care of yourself physically through sound eating exercise and rest?
8. Did you spend adequate time investing in key relationships this week?
9. Have you detected an unforgiving spirit or root of bitterness toward someone? If so, what are you doing to correct it?
“Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed.” - James 5:16