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.
Strategy for a spirituality centre: Appreciative Inquiry and discernment
Siggy Parratt-Halbert decribes how she combined her practice of appreciative inquiry with her skills as a graphic recorder to facilitate a process over three months with a spirituality centre in Sheffield.
Emerging from lockdown: Using Appreciative Inquiry to re-envision the church
As a team vicar in a rural multi-parish benefice, Sarah Cawdell has used Appreciative Inquiry (AI) with churches emerging from the Covid-19 lockdown. She sees AI offering a more hopeful lexicon, and a way of reflecting forwards which ties in with the Christian hope of being transformed from one degree of glory to another.
An inviting example of using Appreciative Inquiry with churches
Jim Coleman describes using Appreciative Inquiry as an invitation to churches to think together about their life going forward. Inviting Forward, developed by the URC’s Yorkshire Synod encourages congregations to have a positive vision for the future, starting from looking at what is working well in the present.