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 seeks to develop a self-sustaining Appreciative Inquiry (AI) community of practice across the churches. The organisation was originally initiated 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 which is a source of practical understanding of AI theory and practice, theological insights, experiences of AI within the Church, and worship material.
This accompanying website offers supplementary exercises and content.
This is the story of how Appreciating Church developed, and its outline plans for further development.
Deploying stipendiary ministry: from conundrums to consultations
Like many Synods in the United Reformed Church, the National Synod of Wales is wrestling with the question of how to deploy stipendiary ministry. Jason Askew uses Appreciative Inquiry to bring a fresh perspective.
Diagnosis or dialogue for transformational change? Wednesday 14th February
Churches and the communities in which they are embedded are facing times of flux and turmoil. Change is happening around us at the same time as we yearn for transformation. Many change programmes are based on diagnostic models of organisational development. On this day of love and ashes explore the difference a dialogic approach can […]