AI Summit Gathering
May 18 - May 19
NewCom will be hosting an Appreciative Inquiry Summit on May 18 (5:00 PM – 9:00 PM) and May 19 (9:00 AM – 4:00 PM), and YOU are invited! As our church enters into a season of strategic planning we welcome you to the dialogue table with God and others to participate in God’s work together as the body of Christ. This year, NewCom will be embarking on a new and innovative strategic planning process called Appreciative Inquiry (AI). Your voice is valuable and we want to hear what you have to say.
Our summit task is: “Engaging the Full Potential of God’s Diverse People at New Community Covenant Church.”
What is Appreciative Inquiry?
Ap-pre’ci-ate, v., 1. Valuing; the act of recognizing the best in people or the world around us; affirming past and present strengths, successes, and potentials; to perceive those things that give life (health, vitality, excellence) to living systems. 2. To increase in value, e.g., the economy has appreciated in value. Synonyms: value, prize, esteem, and honor.
In-quire’, v., 1. The act of exploration and discovery. 2. To ask questions; to be open to seeing new potentials and possibilities. Synonyms: discover, search, systematically explore, and study.
What is the Purpose of Appreciative Inquiry at NewCom?
You will participate in face-to-face interviews with your fellow brothers and sisters in Christ to draw out stories of the most life-giving experiences you’ve had at NewCom. Through this process, you will enjoy deeper community with the body of Christ and will be encouraged through the stories that are shared. These stories will reveal the “positive core” of our church, which are a diverse set of assets, strengths, and resources that New Community has available to build a stronger future! When we gather to have conversations about the positive core, we bring it to life, give it meaning, and enable our church members to participate with God in working toward best practices.
Why Should You Participate in the Appreciative Inquiry Summit?
1. AI creates a context in which people are free to be known in relationship.
2. AI makes a space in which people are free to be heard.
3. AI opens the opportunity for people to be free to dream in community.
4. AI establishes an environment where people are free to choose to contribute.
5. AI provides the context for people to be free to act with support.
6. AI opens the way for people to be free to be positive.
What Happens At An AI Summit?
Watch this short 2-min video to get a small flavor of what you might expect at our summit in May.