Doing Change Differently: An Appreciative Inquiry Approach

by Katie Lindberg. Center for Congregations, 2014.


This article illustrates the difference between problem solving and addressing issues through Appreciative Inquiry, describing the benefits of focusing on congregational strengths.


benefits of Appreciative Inquiry

Recommended Audience

Clergy and lay leaders



Practical Applications

  • Apply the principles of Appreciative Inquiry to approach congregational challenges.
  • Reframe congregational issues positively by focusing on strengths.

About the Contributor

Beth Booram

Beth Booram is the co-founder and director of Fall Creek Abbey, an urban retreat center in Indianapolis dedicated to “renewing the contemplative spirit.” In addition, she is a trained spiritual director and author of several books including When Faith Becomes Sight. Beth worked for five years on contract as a resource consultant with the Center for Congregations. 


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