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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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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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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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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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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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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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Positive deviance is an asset-based approach used to address many social challenges. It has been used in third world countries. It has been employed by those trying to solve United States inner...

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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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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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For congregations who wish to take a deeper look at what they really have at their disposal for mission and ministry, this readily accessible and helpful workbook is a powerful ally. Its purpose is...

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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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Justin Tull brings his extensive education and experience as a pastor to bear on this resource that offers a comprehensive review of interim ministry through the lens of two congregations where...

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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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The intervention called positive deviance asserts that the solution to any problem is hidden in plain sight. For every unsolvable problem, the solution already exists within the community. It is a...

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If you are interested in asset-based change, this 47-minute video is well worth your time. Richard Pascale, author of the book The Power of Positive Deviance, defines “positive deviants” as those...

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Servant leadership development and team building are two of the focused outcomes of any learning experience designed and led by Ulead, an organization located in Northern Indiana. Focused on the...

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“C-I-R-C-L-E: it means something; it is a way to get somewhere else than where we are.” So say The Circle Way trainers, cofounders of {{PeerSpirit, Inc. |}}, and authors...

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Beginning from the premise that church culture is more important to a congregation’s success than the vision of the ministry, author, pastor and leadership consultant Sam Chand seeks to help...

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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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What makes young adults tick? Congregations whose leadership and culture are dominated by older generations often struggle to understand and connect with the millennials in their midst. Millennials...

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