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Take a Positive Approach for Transformational Change

"If people can't see what God is doing, they stumble all over themselves;
But when they attend to what God reveals, they are most blessed."
(Proverbs 29:18)

"Summing it all up, friends, I'd say you'll do best by filling your minds and meditating on
things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious -- the best, not the worst;
the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse."
(Philippians 4:8)

The above scriptures capture the philosophy and approach of Appreciative Inquiry (AI). If your congregation has had enough with bad news, then perhaps it's time to celebrate what's right with congregations. Perhaps it's time to take a strengths-based approach to transformational change.

That's what Appreciative Inquiry can do for a congregation. By involving as many stakeholders as possible in an engaging and enjoyable process of discovering the best of what is, dreaming of what might be, and designing the strategies to make it so, AI unleashes surprising new creativity, energy, and forward momentum. Through group work and personalized coaching, AI brokers congregational vitality and enables congregations to fulfill their destiny.

  • Memories, Hopes, and ConversationsTo read about how this process works in congregations, read Memories, Hopes, and Conversations by Mark Lau Branson. Amazon

  • To see the outline of a 6-hour AI Workshop that we conducted with a church in Williamsburg, Virginia, view the slides from the Wellspring Workshop.

  • To see the outline of a 3-day AI Summit that we conducted with a public school system in Fostoria, Ohio, view the slides from the Fostoria Summit. You can also watch the two videos, one that was used as part of the Promotional Campaign and the other that documents the Summit Process.

  • To learn more about the history, philosophy, and practice of AI, read the article by Jane Magruder Watkins and David Cooperrider, Appreciative Inquiry: A Transformative Paradigm.

The Senior Pastor of a congregation had this to say about our work: "Thank you for the insight, energy, affirmation, and leadership you brought to the task of helping us review our progress in achieving our 'Dreams With a Deadline.' We all get stuck from time to time on what is not happening, or what is happening in a negative way. Your emphasis on our positive progress was a breath of fresh air. The questions you asked, the music you played, and the wonderfully inspiring DVD you showed, helped us to see the value of what we have done this year. We have yet more work to do, but we can better do that work in a hope-filled and faith-filled way. Thanks for re-lighting the way for us to journey hopefully and faithfully."

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