Applying Positive Deviance

by Tim Shapiro. Center for Congregations.

This article tells the story of seven congregations in Indiana that used positive deviance to improve their relationships with strangers and neighbors with social service needs.


how to apply positive deviance in a congregational setting

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clergy and lay leaders of any faith tradition



Suggested Uses

  • Improve your relationship with strangers and members of the community by applying the principles of positive deviance.
  • Discuss ways and situations to apply positive deviance to help your congregation solve challenging problems.

About the Contributor

Tim Shapiro

Tim is president of the Indianapolis Center for Congregations – of which the CRG is a program. He began serving the Center in 2003 after 18 years in pastoral ministry. He holds degrees from Purdue University and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Tim’s interest in how congregations learn to do new things is represented in his book How Your Congregation Learns.

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