45 results for “positive change”

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 asking the question “What gives life to our congregation when it functions at its best?”

Large ai

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 congregation?
Congregationsky
Collection

Ai2 201x220
Blog Post

In recent years, many congregations have asked about the use of Appreciative Inquiry (AI).

Appreciative Inquiry
Appreciative Inquiry is the process of identifying, considering...

Your cong not decline 206x220
Blog Post

In October 2012, the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life reported that, based on new data, 19.5% of Americans register no religious affiliation. This is an almost five percent increase over the...

Aibook 211x220
Blog Post

What does marriage have in common with congregational life? There is one thing in particular: both flourish when the ratio of positive validation to negative criticism is five to one in favor of...

Allisonzwickl2 400
Carol crg
Kate
Jane crg

Need help? Chat with an expert!

Large positive change for congregations
Article

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...

Large the power of ai
Book

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....

Large group processes that facilitate positive change
Article

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,...

Large appreciative leadership
Book

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,...

Large ai catholic church
Book

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...

Large applying positive deviance ad
Article

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...

Large ai summit
Book

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,...

Large thin book appreciative inquiry
Book

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)...

Large memories
Book

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...

Large the power of positive deviance vid
Web resource

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...

Selected Items ( )
Cookies help us deliver our services. By using our services, you agree to our use of cookies.