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?”
The process usually starts with a small committee that studies Appreciative Inquiry. Then they should ask:
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In recent years, many congregations have asked about the use of Appreciative Inquiry (AI).
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