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What is appreciative inquiry?

Appreciate Inquiry (AI) is an inquiry-based process of leveraging a congregation’s strengths rather than its weaknesses to imagine and create a vibrant future. AI works well with other asset-based processes, such as World Café and Asset Mapping. AI has four phases and begins by...

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The process usually starts with a small committee that studies Appreciative Inquiry. Then they should ask:

  1. Why do we want to use Appreciative Inquiry?
  2. Who would be involved with the process?
  3. What other processes have we tried in the past?  What was our experience and how did it impact the...
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This national best-selling book is consultant Sue Hammond’s journey into organizational change dynamics learned from David Cooperrider of Case Western Reserve University. Appreciative Inquiry (AI)...

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An excellent resource for Catholic parishes and organizations interested in learning about and using Appreciative Inquiry. Written from a Catholic perspective, the book offers stories from Catholic...

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Mark Lau Branson, associate professor of ministry of the laity at Fuller Theological Seminary, tells the unfolding story of First Presbyterian Church in Altadena, California and its experience...

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Drawing on a diverse group of organizations and settings, the authors, who are nationally known Appreciative Inquiry experts, illustrate the many ways Appreciative Inquiry can be used successfully....

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Practitioners and facilitators with a working knowledge of Appreciative Inquiry will find this book a very practical guide for designing and implementing an Appreciative Inquiry Summit. This book,...

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All congregations have issues that need addressed and often leaders who attempt to address them think of them as problems that need to be solved. But what if a different approach, a more positive...

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With just a bit of translating-for example, replace the word organization with congregation, and customers with members-this book, from the originators of Appreciative Inquiry, offers congregations...

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Positive change is an approach and high engagement process of focusing on what is successful in a congregation. It is a congregation collectively learning, growing and changing through a...

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Based on extensive personal and focus group interviews using Appreciative Inquiry questions, the authors, who are nationally known experts in the field of organizational leadership and development,...

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Far more than “happy talk,” positive change processes refer to a series of techniques and tools that help congregations to identify their life-giving core and design a preferred future. This...

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Based on the principles and process of Appreciative Inquiry, this book, written by nationally known authors in the field of organizational development, is an indispensable resource for those...

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Marcel Proust said, “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes” -and that’s what this book provides congregational leaders. Through integrating the...

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A small investment with high yield-that’s what The Thin Book of SOAR boasts. In this small volume, authors Jacquie Stavros and Gina Hinrichs have pooled their extensive experience and...

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Recent studies and congregational experience show that a positive approach can successfully address “adaptive” or non-technical issues in a way that a focus on problem-solving cannot. This article,...

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Today many business and congregational leaders are discovering the invaluable practice of asking powerful and penetrating questions. In this 16 page booklet, authors Juanita Brown, Eric Vogt and...

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Technology may have made connecting with people around the world easy, but many of us know that gathering individuals in a local congregation around a table of mutual respect and learning can be...

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According to Ben Zander, people are tired of the old metaphors of leadership-war, sports and fighting to get to the top. In this DVD series, based on their book, The Art of Possibility, Ben and Roz...

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Are you tired of wordsmithing mission and vision statements? Is your congregation burned out on planning processes that don’t lead anywhere? Do you need to broaden the base of members doing...

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Adults are the largest, and, largely, the most underserved demographic in a congregation. Roberto brings together experts in faith formation, adult education, generational studies, appreciative...

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