"Working with the Mission Assessment Committee, Mark introduced the First Presbyterian Church, Altadena, to a new way of seeing, hearing, and thinking through a process called 'Appreciative Inquiry'. Believing that human social systems move toward positive images, this approach focuses 'on the generative and creative images that can be held up, valued, and used as a basis for moving toward the future' (p. 38). Thus, the conversation changes as the congregation explores, through stories, memories and imaginations, those life-giving forces that have shaped its past and offer possibilities for its future. The goal of Appreciative Inquiry is long-term change in congregational habits, the formation of new habits that arise from an attitude of focusing on the positive". -- Foreword, pp. x-xi.
Contents: Foreword / Inagrace T. Dietterich -- Preface -- Beginning Change: Weariness to Anticipation -- Theory and Process: Foundations of Appreciative Inquiry -- Biblical Reflections: Memory and Thanksgiving -- Shaping a People through Questions: Initiate, Inquire -- Provoking Imaginative Change: Imagine, Innovate -- Schedules and Scripts: Examples of Appreciative Inquiry Practices -- Notes -- Resources -- Appendices.
Contents of Appendices: Author's Note -- A. Appreciative Inquiry: Introductory Exercise -- B. Problem Solving vs. Appreciative Inquiry -- C. Appreciative Inquiry Assumptions -- D. Five Basic Processes of Appreciative Inquiry -- E. Processes and Steps -- F. Science Old and New -- G. Theoretical Foundations -- H. Philippians 4:8 -- I. Step 1: Initiate -- J. Sample Questions (Set 1: Relationships) -- K. Sample Questions (Set 2: Ministry Areas) -- L. Step 2: Inquire -- M. Step 3: Imagine -- N. Essentials of Provocative Proposals -- O. Sample Provocative Proposals -- P. Creating Provocative Proposals -- Q. Step 4: Innovate.