Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Influence of a Positive Environment on Recognizing the Missio Dei through Appreciative Inquiry: The Journey of an Urban Church Leadership Team to Missional Discovery Through the Process of Appreciative Inquiry
by Cook, Brian, D.Min., Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, 2017, 169; 10275299
Abstract (Summary)

Abstract – It is my impression that Grace United Methodist Church (GUMC) in downtown Kokomo, Indiana experiences a void of missional leadership within the ministry of the church due to a loss or misunderstanding of missional identity. I believe this lost or misunderstood missional identity is due to a negative environment created by deficit models of organizational transformation. By exploring the missio Dei through positive conversations and spiritual formation practiced within the appreciative inquiry model, lay leaders can come to recognize existing congregational ministries as missional practices forming these lay leaders as cultural change catalysts within the congregation.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Teasdale, Mark
Commitee: Hillhouse, Darrell, Lear, Heather
School: Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
Department: Graduate School
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: DAI-A 78/10(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Religion
Keywords: Appreciative inquiry, Missio dei, Missional, Missional discovery, Missional identity
Publication Number: 10275299
ISBN: 978-1-369-81715-7
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