Workshop for Ministers
|Event Date:||October 29, 2018|
Workshop for Pastors both Interim and Settled
Monday, October 29, 2018
Introduction to Appreciative Inquiry
Appreciative Inquiry focuses on the gifts and assets we already have as a community and how we can use them for the future. It does not focus on what are perceived as problems or where we feel depleted. The more we focus on those things, the more stuck we are in the past and with our problems. A critical transition in using AI is called Positive Framing or Flipping. We find it hard not to begin with a list of complaints and problems. Our thought process is stuck in that mode. So we are encouraged to begin in a creative and asset mode, but if we can't, we "flip." We name the problem or complaint, or the negative results and impacts of our past. Then we rename it in a positive opposite way from the problem/complaint/negative way. We talk about what we want more of rather than about what we don't have enough of. Then we imagine the positive impact of the flip. We start talking about the desired results and impact of the new "frame" we have created in ourselves for our future.
Led by The Rev. David Loar
David has served congregations in the UCC for 38 years until his retirement in 2014. He served a DoC/UCC congregation previously and since November, 2017 is serving as interim/transitional pastor at Pilgrim Christian Church (DoC/UCC) in Chardon, Ohio. He received facilitator training for Appreciative Inquiry in February, 2018.