Appreciating Church AI courses

We currently offer two courses, A taste of AI (below) and Developing your AI practice, with dates and venues advertised here and on our Facebook and Twitter as they become available.


A taste of AI

A Taste of Appreciative Inquiry
Introducing AI theory and practice

A 24-hour residential course introducing Appreciative Inquiry as a way of working in churches exploring development and change. Those attending will be introduced to the underlying theory, as well as examples of good practice, with a view to using appreciative techniques in their own work, and in the life of their churches.

The programme will be practically based and include:

  • Examples of AI techniques in practice
  • The Principles of AI
  • Appreciative conversations
  • Crafting appreciative questions
  • Reframing
  • The importance of generativity
  • 5D cycle
  • SOAR tool (Strengths, Opportunities, Aspirations and Results)
  • Ways in which Appreciative Inquiry is being used by churches in the UK


Dates: Wednesday 19th -Thursday 20th September 2018

Venue: MacDonald Portal Hotel, Tarporley, Cheshire CW6 0DJ

Fee: £170 inc. resources and full board accommodation. (FREE for URC Wales Synod sponsored delegates)

Booking: To book a place on this course please email David Salsbury: or phone 01745 571591.. MAXIMUM 12 PLACES - book now to secure your place.

Download and share the course flyer.

This course is part of Appreciating Church, an ecumenical partnership between the United Reformed Church, Methodist Church, Quakers, Congregational Federation and parts of the Church of England, to create a self-sustaining community of AI practice in association with Appreciating People.

Participation in this course meets the necessary requirements for joining the advanced Developing Your Appreciative Inquiry Practice course.