I think the A2 Indicators has been the best thing that our UM Conference has ever done. It has been a wonderful tool and experience for our church (all churches) to see where we are and how we are lining up with God's purpose and plan for our particular church while also helping the UM Conference as a whole get a health check up, too. For our church in particular it has brought us together in discussing the strengths, weaknesses, positives, negatives, and other such things about our church. It has helped us hunker down on issues of communication, seeking God's will, doing what we do from our heart, doing whatever it takes to be the church is calling us to be. Now, for sure, only a handful of our folks really took part in our A2 discussions. But if the small group of folks that have been a part of the A2 experience will let it be a guide for our church then I can't see how but our church could go from being an okay church to a good church then on to a great church. I can't see how anyone could call this A2 experience negative. Maybe it's because it is rather "forcing" us to deal with things that we would normally just turn our back on, or we hope would just go away, or things we don't want to talk about or whatever. Again, A2 Indicator: the best thing that has happened in our conference in a long time. I love the scripture that it's based upon as well (Acts 2:42-47). If we would but prayerfully pour our hearts in to the heart of what the A2 Indicator is about then I believe we would see great things happening in our churches as well as our individual lives.
Thanks. Keep up the good work!
Glory to God!