Successful navigation of congregational change is difficult. Churches face numerous technical and adaptive challenges. While leaders can often guide their churches through technical change with logic, negotiation and even force, adaptive change requires a deeper form of reprogramming and congregational discernment. The College Church of Christ, having been in decline for nearly two decades, went through an intensive process of appreciative inquiry to elicit data that might fund a new, life-giving narrative. This article discusses that process and challenges that arose in moving on to next steps.
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Locke, Jason W.
"Using Appreciative Inquiry as a Tool for Congregational Change,"
Discernment: Theology and the Practice of Ministry: Vol. 4:
1, Article 2.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.acu.edu/discernment/vol4/iss1/2