Memories, Hopes, and Conversations: Appreciative Inquiry and Congregational Change

Memories, Hopes, and Conversations: Appreciative Inquiry and Congregational Change

by Mark Lau Branson

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Memories, Hopes, and Conversations is a powerful resource that introduces readers to Appreciative Inquiry—a transformational organizational change process that focuses on the strengths of a group. The second edition has been revised and expanded throughout, featuring important new materials on leadership and missional frameworks, as well as five chapters from pastors describing the transformational experiences of their churches and neighbors using Appreciative Inquiry. The book offers a dynamic overview of the Appreciative Inquiry process, real stories of change in action, and a wealth of practical resources for churches to pursue this journey of appreciation, imagination, and change.

The second edition includes dynamic stories of Appreciative Inquiry in practice from: Christopher Gobrecht (New Covenant United Methodist Church, Maryland), Jim S. Amstutz (Akron Mennonite Church, Pennsylvania), Jean Burch (Community Bible Church, California), Andrew Menzies (Camberwell Baptist Church, Australia), Michael R. Wilson (Chestnut Level Presbyterian Church, Pennsylvania).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781566997836
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 06/15/2016
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 286
Sales rank: 383,185
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Mark Lau Branson is Homer L. Goddard Professor of Ministry of the Laity at Fuller Theological Seminary and a consultant with The Missional Network. His other publications include Starting Missional Churches and Churches, Cultures, and Leadership.

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures

Part I. Appreciative Inquiry and Congregational Change
1.Beginning Change: Weariness to Anticipation
2.Design and Theory: Frameworks for Appreciative Inquiry
3.Engaging Scripture: Memory, Thanksgiving, and Theological Reflection
4.Shaping a People through Appreciative Questions: Initiate and Inquire
5.Provoking Creative Change: Imagine and Innovate

Part II. Five Church Narratives: How Did Appreciative Inquiry Change Your Relationship with Your Neighbors?
6.New Covenant United Methodist Church—Cumberland, Maryland
Christopher Gobrecht
7.Akron Mennonite Church—Akron, Pennsylvania
Jim S. Amstutz
8.Community Bible Church—Pasadena, California
Jean Burch
9.Camberwell Baptist Church—Melbourne, Australia
Andrew Menzies
10.Chestnut Level Presbyterian Church—Quarryville, Pennsylvania
Michael R. Wilson

Part III. Scripts and Schedules


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