Welcome to Appreciating Church
Appreciating Church is a Christian ecumenical project which aims to encourage the church at a local and national level to engage people in an inclusive way, listening to ‘all the voices’, building on our existing strengths and skills, counting our blessings and co-creating a resilient church as part of the kingdom of Heaven.
Appreciating Church is about developing a self-sustaining Appreciative Inquiry (AI) community of practice across the churches, initiated and led by the United Reformed Church, in partnership with the Methodist Church, Quakers, and the Congregational Federation, with interest from individual dioceses of the Church of England and others.
The programme offers AI training and advice supported by the Appreciating Church. resource book. Published in February 2017, it shares practical understanding of AI theory and practice, theological insights, experiences of AI within the Church, background resources on AI worship material and information on how to get involved in the AI community of practice.
This accompanying website offers supplementary exercises and content.
This is the story of how Appreciating Church developed, and its outline plans for further development.
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