Revitalizing the Faith Journey

Bringing Appreciative Inquiry to Church Communities

ABSTRACT

Most mainstream denominational churches today are facing a crisis. As new generations lose connection to the historic faith narratives and fewer young people find relevancy in the faith traditions of their parents and grandparents, the church has cause to question the very reason for its existence. In this article, I share my experience of how an adaptation of Appreciative Inquiry is becoming a vital instrument for faith communities to find renewed relational identities and revitalized ministries.

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Author: Samuel Mahaffy

Samuel Mahaffy, Ph.D. was born in Eritrea, East Africa. His work as an AI facilitator and consultant to more than five hundred not-for-profits and NGOs includes supporting refugee communities from Africa. He earned his Ph.D. from Tilburg University–Taos Institute. He blogs on topics related to peacemaking and Africa at www.samuelmahaffy.com.E: samuelmahaffy@gmail.com

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