Memories, Hopes, and Conversations: Appreciative Inquiry, Missional Engagement, and Congregational Change

by Mark Lau Branson. Rowman & Littlefield, 2016.

This resource details the impact of Appreciative Inquiry and how to create congregational change as told through the story of First Presbyterian Church.


outlines, scripts, sample questions, theological framework

Best For

clergy and lay leaders


purchase as a book or e-book

Suggested Uses

  • Re-envision your congregation's future by integrating the Appreciative Inquiry process into your ministry to draw upon the experiences of members.
  • Learn from the experience of First Presbyterian Church and apply the practical outlines scripts, and sample questions.

About the Contributor

Susan Weber

Susan Weber coordinates the evaluation processes for Lilly Endowment Inc.’s Religion Division. She spent several years as the Indianapolis Center for Congregation’s director of evaluation and congregational learning, as well as a resource consultant to congregations.

Susan is a Roman Catholic lay woman. Prior to her work at the Center, she served the Archdiocese of Indianapolis as coordinator of boards of education, office of Catholic education from 1976-1985. For almost 20 years thereafter, she was an independent consultant and group facilitator for dioceses, churches, religious communities, and schools nationwide. Sue has degrees from St. Mary-of-the-Woods College and Indiana University, Bloomington and is professionally certificated as a group facilitator through Indiana University.

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