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 […]
Space to stretch and savour – two hours online with other Appreciative Inquiry practitioners who work with churches and their communities. A little theological reflection, a little catching up, and plenty of curiosity about taking the network forward. Wednesday 13th December 10.30 to 12.30 GMT. Book your free space
Bookings are continuing to arrive for the conference on 30th September. We’re looking forward to hearing from Dan Hodgkiss and Saiyiddah Zaidi, with insights from the NHS and practical theology respectively. You also have a choice from a number of workshops led by experienced Appreciative Inquiry practitioners. All the details and online booking.
Join the conference online for only £30. 30th September 09.30 to 16.30 BST
Appreciating the tough stuff is an apt description. There were few bookings for Appreciating Church’s first annual conferences to be held onsite and online in parallel. So the organising group decided to go completely online, making the technical costs much lower.
The 7Cs of Caring Conversations: Wednesday 12th July 2023 11.00-12.00 BST
Ann Howlett-Foster, Learning & Development Officer in the Methodist Church’s Eastern Regional Team will discuss how she has used the 7Cs of Caring Conversations as useful prompts in her appreciative inquiry practice.
Direct online booking. Early Bird rate closes 30th June
Keynote speaker: Dan Hodgkiss, co-author of Appreciating Health and Care. Explore using Appreciative Inquiry when addressing the challenges facing today’s church. Navigate changes and challenges with positivity. The conference fee includes renewal of accreditation for accredited Appreciating Church practitioners or £30 off future training offered by Appreciating Church. Book now to secure your place.
Picture this! Wednesday 14th June 11.00 am-12.00 noon (BST)
Not everyone learns by hearing, not everyone is comfortable reading. So why not add a bit of visual to your delivery, online and offline? Nobody ever shared written notes, but good images….now that’s something else. Join Siggy Parratt-Halbert to find out the importance of imagery, and how it could spice up your sessions.
Appreciating Church Conference Saturday 30th September – bookings open!
A gathering for Appreciative Inquiry practitioners, particularly those who have some contact with churches and faith communities. We’ll be based at the Priory Rooms in Birmingham, with Zoom conferencing supported by Media4Ministry.
Extending Conversations. Imagining Futures: Wednesday 10th May 11.00-12.00 BST
Appreciative Inquiry helps us imagine futures as we design from our conversations. In this month’s Appreciative Space, Revd Elizabeth Gray-King will discuss how, in a number of workshops with congregational leaders, she has taken a sidestep before moving from paired conversations to dreaming and designing.
Inviting you to SOAR a little… Wednesday 12th April 2023 11.00-12.00 (BST)
Using SOAR (Strengths, Opportunities, Aspirations, Results/Resources) makes a difference as an appreciative strategic planning approach. In this month’s Appreciative Space, Reverend Jane Weedon will discuss how she used SOAR to help the churches she was ministering with prepare for her retirement.
How important is reframing? Wednesday 8th March 11.00-12.00 (GMT)
Reframing acknowledges the power of frustration and indignation and flips it – what is the underlying desire or unexpressed enthusiasm which could transform the situation if it were recognised and given airtime?
Wednesday 8th February 2023, 11.00 – 12.00 (GMT). Reshaping the tent of meeting. In whatever context we work, however closely we are bound with the church, we find ourselves involved in meetings of one kind or another. What happens if we bring our Appreciative Inquiry practice into play when chairing, moderating, or shaping a meeting?
Wednesday 11th December 2023, 11.00 – 12.00 (GMT) Conversation starter: Being an Appreciating Church practitioner beyond the church. Eddie Boon, Discipleship Enabler with Thames North Synod of the United Reformed Church will reflect on adapting his practice for working with groups beyond the church.
An Appreciative Space: Provocative Propositions, 14th December 2022, 11.00 -12.00 GMT
A gathering for practitioners on the second Wednesday of each month. A creative online space in which appreciative inquiry practitioners share stories of their work with churches, as part of a self-sustaining community of practice. Open to practitioners of all levels of experience. Conversation starter: The art of crafting provocative propositions.
Monthly Appreciative Space: November’s theme is “The Emergent Principles”
Wednesday 9th November 2022, 11.00 – 12.00 (GMT) A creative online space in which appreciative inquiry practitioners share stories of their work with churches, as part of a self-sustaining community of practice. Conversation starter: The Emergent Principles in Appreciative Inquiry
A new blend for courses – same content, different delivery
Appreciating Church courses are available digitally. As potential participants for our courses have become accustomed to meeting online we have shifted to making our courses available in digital ways, alongside the inherited ‘analog’ style. In physical courses flip charts, sticky-notes, cartoons, and creativity abound as people explore the practical applications and theoretical underpinnings of appreciative [...]
Appreciating People has worked with a number of churches since spring 2014, developing a sustainable Appreciative Inquiry community of practice. It has become an exciting and expanding project – this is the story so far… AP began working with church groups in 2014. During a consultation on AI and the Church in Manchester in March […]
Appreciating Church focuses on sector-specific Appreciative Inquiry
‘All shall be well, and all shall be well… For there is a force of love moving through the universe that holds us fast and will never let you go.’ – Dame Julian of Norwich (c.1342-1416), the first woman to write a book in the English language In February 2017, another milestone in the Appreciating […]
How can local churches, congregations and communities use their strengths to best effect and drive forward transformation? That is the question at the heart of a new book and website Appreciating Church, in partnership with Appreciating People, experts in positive organisational development. Launching in both London (Thursday 9th February) and Liverpool (Monday 20th February), the […]
How can local churches, congregations and communities use their strengths to spark transformation and growth? That is the question at the heart of a new Appreciating Church website and book written by Fiona Thomas, United Reformed Church Secretary of Education and Learning, and Tim Slack, founder and co-director of Appreciating People. They worked as part […]
Living the Appreciative Spirit: an advanced AI retreat for practitioners
UPDATE: Please note that this event has been postponed to summer 2018 at an alternative venue due to the closure of the Windermere Centre. Appreciating Church is running a retreat in the beautiful surroundings of the Windermere Centre in the Lake District. In Living the Appreciative Spirit, the three-day course, from 26th-29th June 2017, we […]
Learning and valuing the AI principles through worship
In the last few months I have had a wonderful opportunity working with the United Reformed Church and the Methodist Church to deliver Appreciative Inquiry training as part of the Appreciating Church project. A feature of this programme has been the addition of worship to the AI training process, normally at the beginning or the […]
How to encourage ‘Holy Habits’ as an outworking of Appreciative Inquiry
Holy Habits is a discipleship resource designed to help nurture and form followers of Jesus. Christian disciples who, when they gather as Church and go to wherever God calls them to be – at home, at work, in the community and in the wider world – live out their discipleship in an adventurous, Christlike way. […]