Appreciative Way

The appreciative way paradigm is a blend of Appreciative Inquiry and Contemplative Spirituality which focuses on what is working; studies the root causes of success; identifies and builds on strengths; discovers how people and communities make a difference; inquires into what people value, and encourages people to do what they love and live on purpose.


Appreciative Way Paradigm

Search for solutions that already exist

Amplify what is working

Focus on life giving forces

What is working well around here?

Learning from what works

Who is to affirm?

Basic Assumption: The Church and people are a mystery to be embraced.

~Adapted from Sue Hammond


At Alberni Valley United Church, we use the Pinch-Crunch Model of Conflict Resolution to help us build collaboration and cooperation, and to  focus on shared values and shared goals.