David Blenko


The purpose of this action research study was to understand the contribution of an appreciative inquiry (AI) intervention to a church ministry. Twenty-three ministry stakeholders participated in a 9-hour, 2-day AI process. Immediate post-event survey results indicated participant agreement that the AI intervention created a shared vision for the ministry. Survey data were analyzed using content analysis to identify four areas of opportunity for ministry growth and development. All participants reported interest in supporting these opportunities in the ensuring 3 months. Participants rated seven potential factors to support the implementation of opportunities. Recommendations are offered for the study organization and churches considering the use of AI. This study was intended to contribute to the continuing development of AI practice and theory for churches. The principles, practices, and the results generated from it are hoped to provide value in planning AI interventions within other congregations.

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Dissertations (MA) -- Organization Development; Appreciative inquiry -- Case tudies; Clergy -- Office -- Case Studies; Strategic planning

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Graduate School of Education and Psychology



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Rhodes, Kent;