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The Appreciative Way
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Conflict to Collaboration

Appreciative Way
Clergy Search Manual

Assessing Skills and Discerning Calls


  • Theological Perspective of the Search Process
  • Overview of Appreciative Inquiry
  • Designing a Transitional Ministry to Support the Search.
  • Conducting a Congregational
    Appreciative Inquiry Summit
  • Developing Job Requirements
  • Evaluating Supplemental Written Questions
  • Evaluating a Structured Interview
  • Checking References and Past Performance
  • Assessing Work Samples Such as Preaching and Celebrating
  • Discernment; Vestry Interviewing and Simulated Vestry Retreat Exercises


  • Readily Adaptable to Specific Parish Needs
  • Copyright Licenses Available for Congregational Use
  • Augments Adjudicatory and National Church Procedures

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  • Develop a Strategic Plan
  • Search for a New Priest or Pastor
  • Create a Plan and Actions Steps for Continuous Improvement
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Congregational Coaching

Our good friend and colleague Bishop Ed Leidel describes his development work with small congregations as congregational coaching which he defines as:

Congregational Coaching is finding God's synergy
in the midst of community.

Since we couldn't describe our work with congregations any better we decided to use his explanation. Ed goes on to describe his understanding of congregational coaching as an incarnational approach of entering into and joining with the congregation to discover the guidance, collegiality, and encouragement of the Holy Spirit. This contrasts the classical idea of a consultant as the expert advisor or authority who tells and directs people what to do.

Congregational Coaching Congregational Advising
Collegial Hierarchical
Relational Directional
Behind-the-scenes Up-front focus of attention
Initiative is with congregation Initiative is with the advisor
Hands-on helping process Distant micro-managing
Discovers gifts Critiques failures
Encourages Directs
Synergetic "Shifts the chairs"
Transformational Transitional
Utilizes congregational leaders' innate gifts and resources Dependent on gifts and resources of the advisor
Encourages mutual interdependence Creates cycles of dependence and isolating independence
Generates hope Generates need for supervision

Adapted from Bishop El Leidel

One Size Doesn't Fit All

Because this appreciative approach to congregational coaching is incarnational it allows each congregation to develop unique responses to their local community needs.

Rather than imposing external ideas and programs the appreciative approach allows transformational solutions to arise from within the community. As such they are owned by the community and have their own internal motivation and are more likely to be locally relevant and sustainable.

Our Congregational Coaching Services

If you have questions about what would work best for you and your congregation send Rob an email and request a free consultation to explore what strategy would be of benefit to your community.

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