A3 is moving to a new donor platform called Virtuous! Our existing donor platform has been shut down for a few days to prepare for the new platform launching on Monday, March 27, 2023. We are sorry for the inconvenience.
Existing donor information will be transferred. However, for security reasons, banking and credit card data will not be brought over. Therefore, if you have a recurring donation to A3 (via direct debit or credit card), you will need to re-establish your recurring donation on the Virtuous platform starting in April 2023.
Certain donors will be impacted immediately. If you are in the impacted group that is migrating in April, you should receive an email on March 21, 2023 and a hard copy letter a few days later with additional action steps. If you did get this communication, . . .
Please accept our sincere apologies for the inconvenience. We value your data and have determined it is more secure not to transfer your banking or credit card information during the migration.
Furthermore, we are confident that the new online donation platform will provide a better donor/partner experience compared to our old online platform. In addition, we will save quite a bit by making this switch. Thank you for your understanding. We appreciate your partnership!
When people hear about our A3 formula...
one of the first questions they ask us is...
Who are the leaders A3 selects?
We have discovered that, for our program to achieve optimum effectiveness, we need to select Christlike servant leaders. Leaders who have 'arrived' and are not open to learning, growing, and changing, are simply too rigid for A3.
But since selection is a required key competency, we are selecting the leaders who are most suitable for our program. A3 works hard at selecting those leaders who will benefit the most from our program. This includes finding Christ-centered leaders who are sensitive to the Holy Spirit and who, we believe, will cooperate with the transforming work He wants to do in their lives. These are "A3 leaders" that we try to select.
A3 has had plenty of practice at identifying leaders—decades, in fact. Obviously, we have certainly made lots of mistakes in this endeavor along the way. But through these mistakes, we have learned what works and what doesn't work. So the longer we do this, the better we get at figuring out who should be in our program and who shouldn't—who will take it seriously, make the most of it, and experience personal transformation and who won't.
Shouldn't we just accept anyone who wants to be in our program? Some argue yes. No, we shouldn't; we need to be wise about who we invite. Scripture encourages us to be discerning in regard to selection, or as we would say, selecting the most appropriate leaders for A3 cohorts...
“And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.”
– 2 Timothy 2:2
The leaders who do best in our program are proven leaders with greater potential. They have leadership experience and have shown potential. They should have enough authority in their church or organization to bring about change, resulting from what they are learning through A3.
However, potential leaders who really have no leadership experience or little authority to make change are not quite ready for A3. They wouldn't have enough life experience to draw upon to really benefit from A3's learning community.
We equip and unify servant leaders with potential, who are:
Here is how we evaluate the characteristics of the right kind of leaders who enter and complete the A3 program...
• Proven leader with greater potential
• Bold, risk-taker, courageous, willing
• Strategically positioned
• Learning posture, teachable
• Desire for personal growth
• Closer “love relationship” with God.
• Expanded vision
• Community orientation (valuing true community)
• Defined character
• Greater capacity
• Desire for “growing others”
Through insight and experience, as alluded to above. We have a grid (the “before” leader) and use that and a discernment process honed over the years. It requires getting to know people in a country who we deem to be trustworthy and discerning. It means leveraging A3 networks of a few key people who can get us to the people with the right kind of fit.
When we find A3's kind of leaders and take them through the A3 process, God does great things in and through them to His glory.
Here is our A3 formula: Christlike leaders + the A3 process + the right time + the right place = Changing the few who change the many. Let's talk about... "When is the 'Right Time'?
The simple answer is "when God can change the leader."
But in terms of A3's contribution to the change process, there are actually two aspects to the right time...
There are actually two aspects to the right time... 1.) The right timing for each leader. As they say, "Timing is everything." It can be the difference between buying that house or new car or deciding to wait. It can be how a relationship just takes off or sputters and breaks apart. In the same way, timing is key in regard to when a leader is truly ready for further development. Take a young leader at age 25. He or she might want personal development but may lack enough ministry experience to benefit from the A3 program. In this case, mentoring might be more effective in developing the ministry skills of a young person with 5 years of ministry experience...