We offer two courses currently: Introduction to Appreciative Inquiry (below) and Deepening your Appreciative Inquiry practice. Introduction to Appreciative Inquiry is either delivered online by Appreciating Church practitioners or offered onsite or online by partner churches according to their requirements. In that case any spare places are offered to other participants through the Appreciating Church website.
Course dates are advertised here and on Facebook and Twitter as soon as they become known. If you would like to register your interest to take part in the next course please contact us.
Introduction to Appreciative Inquiry
Course fee £300
Upcoming online courses:
Daytime series Tuesday afternoons 7th November to 28th November 2023, 2-5pm GMT
Evening series Wednesdays 8th November to 29th November 2023, 6-9pm GMT
Facilitator: Fiona Thomas, co-founder of Appreciating Church
The fee includes resources, certification, and access to the facilitator for three months after the course finishes. Each course has space for up to 6 participants.
Offered as four three-hour sessions, the course introduces Appreciative Inquiry for churches exploring development and change. Through input and activities participants are introduced to the underlying theory, as well as examples of good practice. The aim is to become confident in using appreciative techniques in their own work and in the life of their churches.
The programme is practically based and includes:
Examples of AI techniques in practice
The Principles of AI
Crafting appreciative questions
The importance of generativity
SOAR tool (Strengths, Opportunities, Aspirations and Results)
Ways in which Appreciative Inquiry is being used by churches in the UK
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 is the first step to meet the necessary requirements for joining the advanced Deepening Your Appreciative Inquiry Practice course. Introduction to Appreciative Inquiry counts as Module One of International Academy for Appreciative Inquiry (IAAI) accreditation as an appreciative inquiry practitioner.