Appreciating Church AI courses

There are currently two courses available - more will be advertised as dates and arrangements are finalised.


Taste of AI

Taste of Appreciative Inquiry (AI): An introduction to the organizational development philosophy

The content of this non-residential course will cover an introduction to:

  • AI principles and underlying theory
  • AI tools: Appreciative conversations; the 5D cycle (Definition, Discovery, Dream, Design and Destiny); and SOAR (Strengths, Opportunities, Aspirations and Results as the AI alternative to a SWOT analysis)
  • Crafting appreciative questions
  • The importance of generativity
  • Ways in which Appreciative Inquiry is being pursued in the United Reformed Church and ecumenically

Dates: TBC in early 2018

Venue: TBC in early 2018

Facilitators: Revd Fiona Thomas Secretary for Education & Learning in the United Reformed Church and co-author of Appreciating Church. A Practical Appreciative Inquiry Resource for Church Communities, and Revd Anne Sardeson, Training and Development Officer, Thames North Synod, United Reformed Church.

Host and Resource Person: Revd Jane Weadon Minister with Welwyn Garden United Reformed Church

Fee: £40, which includes copies of A Taste of AI 2.0, and Appreciating Church. A Practical Appreciative Inquiry Resource for Church Communities.

To register your interest: Email Sue Russell

This course is offered as part of two ongoing projects:

Participation in this course meets the initial requirements for joining an advanced Developing Your Appreciative Inquiry Practice residential event after completing six month’s practice of AI.


Developing your AI Practice

This 3-day residential course is designed for people who have already undertaken an introductory Appreciative Inquiry workshop such as Taste of AI and who wish to build on existing AI practice and deepen their understanding. The programme will be practically based and cover:

  • AI principles in day to day practice
  • Creating great questions and protocols
  • Creating and delivering AI summits and events
  • Building AI practice into church and community life.
  • Revisiting the 5D process and SOAR
  • Emerging new approaches and tools


Course facilitation is by Tim Slack from Appreciating People and Richard Armiger, Methodist Church.


Public/private organisations:                    £540

Voluntary sector/social enterprises         £420

Churches                                                        £350                    

The fee includes full board and accommodation, AI resources, and post-course support.

Dates: TBC in early 2018

Venue: TBC in early 2018

Appreciating People are UK leaders in the practical application of Appreciative Inquiry.

To express interest in the course and make an initial booking for one of the 16 places email

For further information on the course and guidance on whether you meet the course criteria, email

Click here to download the Developing Your AI Practice flyer.

This course is offered as part of two ongoing projects: