We began our Appreciative Inquiry Process in January with a series of workshops and conversations where members could share their stories about the church and their sense of our core values and their dreams for our future. A summary of that process can be found here.
Since those conversations concluded in mid-February, the interview summary sheets were typed into a spreadsheet, and then that spreadsheet was given to a Analysis Team headed by Tim Pearson and including Carolyn Mita, Peg MacMorris, and Ruth Rice. The Analysis Team produced a report summarizing the trends and information in the sheets.
Additionally, in the workshops themselves, groups of 6 participants came together and summarized their self-understanding of their own trends and most important points. This information has been captured on a 2-sided single sheet called “Our Appreciative Trends from the Summary of Six Conversations.”
Next, our Provocative Proposals team of Lenny Scovel, Anne Haro-Sipes, Clay Carter and Brendan Mahoney used these two ways of summarizing the interview data to create vision statements. These statements were to be: stated in the affirmative, linked to a dream acknowledged in the data, and based in a strength already existing in the congregation. The team came up with a total of 20 Provocative Proposals that can now be used as the starting point for the Board and the Search Committee and for any other leadership body to use as a jumping off point for a strategic plan as well as other plans for our future. Throughout the next few months, we will engage these Proposals through an interactive display, and in August and September, there will be a series of Chalice Lighting reflections around each of these Proposals.
Thanks to the many people who participated in this process, and to the Analysis and Provocative Proposals Teams for your time and attention and care to summarize and distill and discern the core messages and possibilities within these conversations. This is a great beginning for our ongoing process of looking ahead and creating the church of the future.
– Transition Team: Anne Hall, Chris Frey, Lenny Scovel, Bob Bacon and Jen Iole
Appreciative Inquiry Documents (paper copies are available in the office):