Susan Weber


Sue Weber is the director of the evaluation and communication project at the Center for Congregations. She has additional training in appreciative inquiry and is professionally certified as a group facilitator.

Contributions From Susan Weber

Appreciative Inquiry
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The Practical Implementation of Appreciative Inquiry

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

Appreciative Inquiry
Appreciative Inquiry is the process of identifying, considering and leveraging strengths. It is inclusive, engaging the entire congregation, in asking important questions such as, “what gives life to our congregation when it functions at its best?”

Implementing AI
Many pastors and congregational leaders have asked us about the practical implementation of this process. How is it used, where do you start and what is my role?

Here are some important things to consider:

The Center for Congregations, through the CRG, recommends many resources on Appreciative Inquiry and positive change to help you get started. As always, we stand ready to answer your questions.

Facilitators, Consultants and Coaches – Which One Do I Need?
This article distinguishes the differences between facilitators, consultants, and coaches to help congregations determine which will best address their needs.
Memories, Hopes, and Conversations: Appreciative Inquiry, Missional Engagement, and Congregational Change
This resource details the impact of Appreciative Inquiry and how to create congregational change as told through the story of First Presbyterian Church.
The Appreciative Inquiry Summit: A Practitioner's Guide for Leading Large-Group Change
Written in conversational style, this book serves as a guideline for how to lead an Appreciative Inquiry Summit and how to apply similar principles to a congregational setting.
The Power of Appreciative Inquiry: A Practical Guide to Positive Change
Written by nationally-recognized experts on the Appreciative Inquiry process, this book details the various ways Appreciative Inquiry can be used successfully.
Appreciative Leadership: Focus on What Works to Drive Winning Performance and Build a Thriving Organization
This resource explores the five core strategies of Appreciative Leadership and contains questions for the reader to reflect on their own leadership style.
Appreciative Team Building: Positive Questions to Bring Out the Best of Your Team
This Appreciative Inquiry book helps foster a sense of team among co-workers with strategies to start meaningful conversations.
Priestly Ministry In Multiple Parishes
This resource explores the growing trend of Roman Catholic priests serving multiple parishes, offering a variety of models for pastoral and lay leadership in more than one parish.
Preaching To A Multi-Generational Assembly
This resource offers an in-depth exploration of the challenge of preaching to multiple age groups, developing a model for making Catholic preaching more contextually relevant to an intergenerational audience.
No Matter How Small: Understanding Miscarriage and Stillbirth
This book gives stories and practical advice to help those experiencing miscarriage and stillbirth.
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