Appreciative Inquiry and Missional Church


I greatly appreciated some of Rev. Dr. Rob Voyle‘s insights about the Church and the deep need for change that exists today. Voyle said, “If you want to transform anything, you’ve got to change the way you look at things. Transformation is about getting a new map, not getting new content for an old map. Transformation requires that you get a new map of reality.”

[Which reminds me of Max Depree’s classic line from Leadership Is An Art: “The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant.”]

Voyle added, “All religious revival is preceded by a new understanding of the nature of God.” I would argue that the most profound change in our understanding of the nature of God in the past 50 years (the “new reality”) has been our shift in understanding God as a missionary God, that mission is not something the Church does but something God is doing out of who God is (God’s self).

As Voyle also said, “Mission needs leaders … and as a leader, you need to invite people to join in mission.”

What are you doing to invite others to join in mission? I’d like to invite you to consider joining TransFORM, a missional community formation network. Together we can create faith communities for the future.



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Posted on 05-24-2011


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    May 26th, 2011 at 7:03 am

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