Appreciating Church is a resource to help churches and their communities explore the organisational and personal development approach Appreciative Inquiry. As well as information the philosophy and tools of Appreciative Inquiry, Appreciating Church includes guidance to help embed the approach in the spiritual life of the Church. There are stories and experiences of AI in action, ranging from asking a different question in the church meeting to delivering a major project; ideas and examples of AI; small group tasks and practical methods; suggested worship materials to support the process; and signposts to further reading.
Further information about Appreciating Church can be found at www.appreciating.church.
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What people say:
Given the kindred spirits that echo within both AI and the Church, I cannot think of a more philosophically aligned methodology for the work of our modern-day churches than AI.
Appreciative Inquiry starts from a different place, from the stories people tell, from the value that already exists, and from the potential for transformation.
Appreciative Inquiry seems to me a natural model for churches which want to break out of the ‘problem cycle’ and release energy in re-imagining the future. AI has a lot to offer the church in making sense of its opportunities for mission and ministry.
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