Case Story

Appreciative Inquiry with a Search Committee

By Liz Workman

Selecting leaders can frequently include judgment about their immediate predecessors. We see this phenomenon when electing a new president, hiring a new CEO, choosing a new PTA president or finding a new minister. Often the selection process is cast in terms of “What we don’t want more of.”

What does Appreciative Inquiry (AI) look like when viewed through a theological leadership lens … a lens that asks, “Where is God (or Yahweh or Allah or Buddha or Your Higher Power) in all of this?” How can AI assist in defining and locating a leader?

Leadership positions in religious organizations are often filled in a systematic and prescribed manner. Finding a new priest for an Episcopal ...

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