Appreciating Church AI courses

We currently offer two courses, 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

4pm Monday 23rd April to 4pm Tuesday 24th April 2018
Cliff College, Calver, Hope Valley, Sheffield, S32 3XG

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.

Topics covered 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


Course facilitation is by Matthew Reed, Church & Community Development Officer with the Methodist Church assisted by others from the Methodist Church’s Discipleship and Ministries Learning Network and Appreciating Church team.


£110 - The cost includes all resources, and full board accommodation at Cliff College


To express interest in the course, make an initial booking, or for further information contact Matthew Reed, Church & Community Development Officer for the Methodist Church:

This course is offered as part of the Appreciating Church project, supported ecumenically in conjunction with Appreciating People.

Please download and share this flyer to promote this course to church friends and colleagues.


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

Dates: TBC in early 2018

Venue: TBC in early 2018

Facilitators include: Tim Slack from Appreciating People and Richard Armiger, Methodist Church.


  • Public/private organisations:                    £540
  • Voluntary sector/social enterprises         £420
  • Churches                                                        £350                    

Includes full board and accommodation, AI resources, and post-course support.

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

To express interest in the course email

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

This course is offered as part of two ongoing projects: