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Introduction to Appreciative Inquiry

A Ten Week Webinar

In this webinar participants will have the opportunity to:

   Learn the fundamentals of the Appreciative Way

   Conduct an Appreciative Inquiry into your life and work

   Discover and articulate your core purpose for being

   Learn how to use the three faces of compassion

   Tenderness, Fierceness, and Mischievousness as an agent of transformation in the world

   Experience and learn the art of asking powerful questions

   Synthesize what you learned to create Appreciative Strategies to resolve resistance and lead change in your workplace


The 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.


The Appreciative Inquiry Course Sessions include:

Course Work: Each session has 1.5 hours of recorded online class time that is completed prior to each tutorial. The material is presented online and can be accessed at any time during the program. These sessions are led by Rob Voyle.


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

Weekly Teleconference for 10 weeks. These sessions are led by Ed Leidel.

Course Presenter

The Rev. Dr. Rob Voyle is an ordained Episcopal Priest, Executive Coach, and Licensed Psychologist.  He is the Founder and Director of the Clergy Leadership Institute which provides leadership training and coaching for church leaders. Rob is an internationally known leader in the promotion and use of Appreciative Inquiry in church settings.  He has over 35 years of ministry experience which has focused primarily on assisting people and congregations in transition. Rob’s personal mission is to be “helpful, humorous and healing.” which is manifested in a passion for conducting training and consultation. He is a gifted storyteller and has a penchant for mischievously confronting listeners with new insights that are both affirming and liberating. For more information, go to Rob’s website, here.

Tutorial Facilitator

The Rt. Rev Dr. Ed Leidel is an Episcopal bishop and congregational coach. He has served as a parish priest in congregations in the Midwest, as a cathedral dean Australia, and as a bishop in the diocese of Eastern Michigan (it’s first bishop), Huron (in Canada), and Eau Claire. Ed has over 45 years of ministry experience. He has been engaged in mutual ministry and congregational development; in Jungian personality typing and development; in lay training for pastoral care ministry; and in social justice ministries. He has led retreats and clergy conferences on spiritual formation where he blends together his background in science, Jungian psychology and Celtic spirituality. For more information, go here.

Course Outline

Week 1: Introduction to the Appreciative Way

  The Appreciative Way.

  Metaphors for our best.

  The creative power and impact of positive emotion.

Week 2: Appreciative Understanding of Creating Change

  Moving from problems to solutions.

  Discovering the best of the past.

  Discovering the root cause of success.

Week 3: Understanding Resistance

  Understanding resistance as an act of wisdom.

  Ensuring change is a sustainable blessing.

  Seeking and satisfying objections.

Week 4: Creating Appreciative, Incarnational Relationships

  Transactional Analysis model of joining.

  The three faces of compassion, tenderness, fierceness, and mischievousness.

  Using compassionate strategies to enable transformation.

Week 5: Assumptions of Appreciative Inquiry

  The underlying assumptions of appreciative inquiry

  The power of acceptance to transform lives

  Going beyond being positive to discovering what is life-giving

Week 6: Models of Appreciative Development

  5D spiral of development.

  Locating resources on the spiral of life.

  Living and working from a place of purpose and vision.

Week 7: The Power of Great Questions

  Understanding the impact of questions.

  Crafting interview questions.

  Staying resourceful.

Week 8: Designing an Appreciative Intervention

  Personal projects.

  Applying the appreciative way in diverse contexts.

  Next steps.

Week 9: Personal Projects

  Tutorial time to focus on participant’s implementation of their projects.

Week 10: Personal Projects Continued

  Tutorial time to focus on participant’s implementation of their projects.

Learning Objectives

As a result of participating in this webinar participants will be able to:

1     Describe the basic theory and practice of Appreciative Inquiry (AI);

2    Explain the application of AI and its understanding of change dynamics which has been used to fuel innovation in organizations as diverse as GTE and Habitat for Humanity;

3    Describe AI as it forms the basis as the emerging "cutting edge" approach in the organization development and coaching fields;

  Discover and use an individual client's or an organization's core strengths, passion, and purpose to create resourceful motivated states;

5    Transform negative goals and problem orientations into positive goals and preferred future orientations;

6    Utilize resistance to increase motivation and create sustainable outcomes;

7    Develop the strategies to design powerful AI questions and conduct AI interviews to discover people at their best and most resourceful states;

8    Describe the differences between linear incremental change and transformational change;

9    Create and utilize confusion to provide opportunities for transformation with individuals and organizations;

10     Use the three faces of compassion: tenderness, fierceness, and mischievousness as an agent of transformation in the world;

11   Identify the external environmental, internal skills, and motivational resources and strengths individuals and groups possess to achieve desired outcomes;

12     Use the power of an individual or group's imagination to create dreams and stretch goals that are also reality based and resourced;

13      Help individuals and organization discover and articulate their core purpose and organize their goals and activities around manifesting that purpose in the world;

14     Transform failure states into learning opportunities;

15      Design and implement an Appreciative Inquiry Summit for large scale strategic planning and organization development;

16      Design and implement a small group Appreciative Inquiry process to review past performance and empower future performance to help clients achieve their dreams;

17      Shift their personal way of being and seeing to an appreciative approach, to focus on and grow what's right in the organization and their world, rather than on what's wrong.

Continuing Education Credit

This program qualifies for 20 hours of continuing education credit.

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

 Cost and Cancellation

Complete Tuition cost: $495 payable prior to Week 1.

Cancellation with a 15% 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

Although this program is designed with clergy in mind, it would also be appropriate for anyone who can articulate and reflect psychologically and theologically on their ministry or vocation. It is especially relevant for:


   Non-ordained persons engaged in ministry.

   Psychologists, Consultants and Counselors.

   who are also clergy or who work with clergy and churches.

   People who want to reflect theologically and psychologically on the work they do.

What Participants Say about Rob

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

"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.

 What Colleagues say about Ed

“I have followed Ed Leidel's work as a bishop in the Episcopal Church and as a leadership coach and consultant for quite some time. Bishop Leidel is one of the wisest yet most forward thinking leaders in the Church today.”

-       Ken Howard, Priest, author and instigator of experimental faith communities.


Ed Leidel doesn't just teach about vitality and integrity. He models these very values within himself. His vitality and integrity are both obvious and contagious in his coaching work, whether working with leaders, individuals, or congregations/organizations. “

-       Scott Stoner, Director Living Compass Faith & Wellness

 “I am pleased to recommend highly the guidance and work of Ed Leidel who led our parish and vestry through with his program, VIVA. Ed's a gifted speaker and process planning coach, bringing spiritual sensitivity, and calling out the strengths and gifts of our parish and people.”

-       The Rev. Dr. Steven Teague, Episcopal rector

Ed brings a big heart, a wealth of experience, a wonder-filled curiosity, practical wisdom, and great love to the work of calling forth the best from those with whom he works.”

-       Rob Voyle, Director of the Clergy Leadership Institute