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Bringing the generations together: The role of Appreciative Inquiry in a local church’s transformation for mission

Menzies, Andrew (2012) Bringing the generations together: The role of Appreciative Inquiry in a local church’s transformation for mission. Australian Journal of Mission Studies, 6 (1). pp. 105-109. ISSN 1834-4682

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Appreciative Inquiry (AI) is gaining in popularity and used as a tool for researchers to gain insight into the narratives that fuel a system. It is also becoming known as a methodology that allows holistic, system wide transformation. This paper documents the use of AI in a local church as a key tool used in the rediscovery of its missional imagination. The church was heavily conflicted and AI was employed to encourage various parties to begin to listen to each other and find areas and dreams that were held in common. The background and context of the church is explored and shown to be in need of adaptive (rather than technical) change. The AI questions used and the format of discussion groups is outlined and evaluated. Initial missional endeavours that arose out of this process are recorded. Concluding remarks are made about AI and its effectiveness in guiding a conflicted local church towards health, a positive outlook for its future, a stirring of a missional imagination and examples of how this began to lead to engagement in local mission.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Author's Final Manuscript
Keywords: Appreciative Inquiry, local church, mission
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2299 Other Philosophy and Religious Studies > 229999 Philosophy and Religious Studies not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Strategic Basic Research
Subjects: Ministry Studies
College/Association with University of Divinity: STC: Stirling Theological College
Depositing User: Rev'd Dr Andrew Menzies
Date Deposited: 03 Jun 2013 01:31
Last Modified: 03 Jun 2013 01:31
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1213

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