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Assessing Skills and Discerning Calls

Over 380 pages of detailed strategies to Assess clergy skills and Discern Calls.

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The Appreciative Way

The Appreciative Way
Discover the essentials of the
Appreciative Way in this fast
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Rob and Kim Voyle.

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Creating Cultures
of Excellence

Assessing Skills and Discerning Calls

Appreciative Inquiry Based Guide
to Mutual Ministry Reviews

  • Templates and Worksheets
  • For Congregations
  • Individual Performance
  • Coaching Strategies

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The Appreciative Way

The Appreciative Way
Discover the essentials of the
Appreciative Way in this fast
read format book by
Rob and Kim Voyle.

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What Participants Say

Rob's training is full of heart, wit, and passion.
E.R. Executive Coach


Rob's combination of organizational savvy, teaching skills, theological & spiritual integration, and ability to rapidly build supportive, learning communities is quite simply the best in any of the churches today.
Gray Temple, Episcopal Priest, Author & Coach


After 45 years in the pastoral ministry and attending three events led by Rob Voyle, I have finally learned a better way to help church leaders help themselves and the people they serve.
John Wilkerson, Director: Church Leadership Coaching & Consulting


Rob will enhance your ability to delight in yourself, your neighbor and God through his insightful, practical, loving, professionally grounded, appreciative and often mischievous coaching and teaching skills; and that will make you a better leader and citizen in God's creation.
Ed Leidel, Episcopal Bishop and Congregational Coach serving North America


"I have been fully engaged emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually. Thank you for touching me at the core of my being."
M.E. Member of the UCC Church.


"Of all the training I have been to, your notes are the ones I keep coming back to time and again for practical resources."
P.W. Conference Pastor.


Rob's educational model brings body, mind and spirit together. I have been challenged intellectually, transformed spiritually, touched emotionally, gathering in communally. He came into my life at just the right time.

Jean Holmes, Presbyterian Pastor

Webinar Training:
Appreciative Transition Ministry

In this webinar you will learn how to:

  • Design a Specific Ministry for a Specific Congregation
  • Design and lead an Appreciative Inquiry Summit
  • Creating a Shared Vision
  • Resolve Congregation Trauma
  • Resolve Grief and Loss
  • Resolve Resentment and Conflict Through Forgiveness and Reconciliation
  • Engaging in Mutual Ministry Reviews
  • Stop and Start Specific Ministries

Webinar Schedule: Appreciative Transitional Ministry

No Appreciative Transitional Ministry webinars are scheduled at this time.

Please see training schedule for a complete listing of all webinar programs

Our webinar programs provide:

  • 24/7 Access to online class recordings.
  • Live tutorials for consultation and application.
  • Individual and virtual team learning.
  • Full access to workshop participant resources.

Article: One-Size Doesn't Fit All: Inventing a Transitional Ministry

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Appreciative Transitional Ministry

Rather than relying on a "one size fits all" formula for transitional times the Appreciative Way provides an incarnational way of joining with a congregation to develop a unique ministry for each ministry setting.

It is about aiming for and discovering "what in God's name is going on in a congregation" and then growing these Godly realities to co-creating with God the congregation's future.

Introduction to Transitional Ministry Webinar

Pre-Requisite Training: Introduction to Appreciative Inquiry
                                        (either in-person 2.5 day or online program)

This program builds on the Core foundations of the Appreciative Way of thinking and acting.

Course Schedule

Course Work: 1.5 hours of recorded online class that is completed prior to the tutorial.
The material is presented online and can be accesed at anytime during the program

Tutorial: Conference call for just-in-time consultation and group exercises.

  Weekly Teleconference for 10 weeks: Check Webinar Schedule for the specific times and dates.>

Course Outline

Week 1: Introduction to the Appreciative Way of Understanding Transitions
  The Appreciative Way.
  The nature of change, transitions, and transformation.

Week 2: Designing a Transitional Ministry:
  One Size Does Not Fit All
  Interviewing for the job: The two magical questions
  Incarnational Ministry.

Week 3: Professional Issues
  Understanding resistance as an act of wisdom.
  Ensuring change is a sustainable blessing.
  Seeking and satisfying objections.

Week 4: Conducting an Appreciative Inquiry Summit
  The power of great questions.
  Strategies for story telling.
  Transforming congregation culture.

Week 5: Healing Congregation Trauma
  The nature of trauma and its resolution.
  Healing: It doesn't have to take forever.
  History Day healing meditation.

Week 6: Resolving Grief
  Appreciative understanding of grief and its resolution.
  Its not the past but the future that is lost.
  Restoring hope.

Week 7: From Conflict to Reconciliation
  Using the Spiral of Development to Understand Anxiety and Conflict.
  Creating Strategies for Reconciliation.
  Practical Forgiveness.

Week 8: Ministry Valuation
  Creating Cultures of Sustainable Excellence
  Continuous Development and Improvement rather than Annual Reviews

Week 9: Implementing Appreciative Strategies
  Personal Projects.
  Applying the Appreciative Way in Transitional Contexts.

Week 10: Implementing Appreciative Strategies Continued
  Personal Projects.
  Applying the Appreciative Way in Transitional Contexts.

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Learning Objectives

  • To provide participants with an Appreciative Inquiry based understanding of the work of Congregational Transformation and Transitional Ministry.
  • To provide participants with an incarnational model of joining with congregations to enable effective leadership during congregational transitions.
  • To provide participants with ways of assessing and formulating strategic, appreciative interventions and especially conducting an appreciative inquiry summit to transform congregational life and culture.

Continuing Education Credit

This program qualifies for 25 hours of continuing education credit.

This program currently does not qualify as continuing education for psychologists.

Cost and Cancellation

Complete Tuition cost: $450 payable prior to Week 1.
Cancellation with a 5% cancellation fee may be made prior to the first week and the receipt of personal passwords.
No refunds are available after receipt of the passwords and access to the online material.

Who Should Attend This Program

Our Transitional Ministry Training Programs would be very appropriate for:

  • Clergy ministering during a transition between senior pastors
  • Clergy joining new congregations as the settled pastor
  • Clergy on extended, but time limited ministries, as a response to special circumstances in the congregation
  • Settled clergy embarking on a significant change in congregational culture or ministry
  • Consultants and coaches to congregations in transition

Certificate in Appreciative Transitional Ministry

This program qualifies as part of our Certificate in Transitional Ministry

Webinar Schedule: Appreciative Transitional Ministry

No Appreciative Transitional Ministry webinars are scheduled at this time.

Please see training schedule for a complete listing of all webinar programs

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