Appreciative Inquiry – Nov. 10-12, 2014

rob3 Appreciative Inquiry   Nov. 10 12, 2014Lexington Theological Seminary will host a workshop on Appreciative Inquiry Nov. 10-12, 2014 at its new site at 230 Lexington Green Circle. The workshop will be led by Dr. Rob Voyle, founder and director of the Clergy Leadership Institute based in Hillsboro, Ore. Thanks to a grant from the Oreon E. Scott Foundation, LTS is able to offer the workshop to local clergy at a registration cost of $50. Noon meals are included.

Appreciative Inquiry (AI) is an approach to organizational development that emerges out of the pioneering work in organizational psychology by David Cooperrider at Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Voyle has adapted this into church contexts as a powerful approach to individual and congregational development that is future oriented and focused on increasing positive capacity to move into that future.

AI is based on the idea of discovering what works and gives life to an organization and then building the organization on these life-giving properties. Using AI in churches is described as discovering “What in God’s name is going on here?” and then designing the church’s structure and programs to enable more of these Godly things to be done and participated in.

In essence, the AI model uses a process of inquiry to discover people’s best experiences and to use those experiences as a basis for imagining a future and designing the processes and structures that will make the imagined future a reality. This imagined future, however, is not just a fantasy because it is grounded in the experiences of the people involved. What is noteworthy about the AI approach in comparison to other organizational development models is that it does not require a detailed analysis of problems or deficits. Consequently, AI is less prone to initiating negative, blaming and judgmental atmospheres than problem-focused interventions.

Dr. Voyle is an Episcopal priest with more than 20 years of experience in ordained ministry. He has a doctorate in clinical psychology from Fuller Theological Seminary in addition to degrees in theology, counseling and mechanical engineering. He has served as an interim pastor, interposed with research and development engineering, behavioral medicine, clinical psychology, coaching and organizational consulting. In his parish ministry he has focused on pastoral counseling for both individuals and churches in transition. He is also the coordinator for the Transitional Ministry Network.

Dr. Voyle was an original faculty member at the College of Executive Coaching. For five years, he taught and coached hundreds of personal and executive coaches on using appreciative inquiry. He is committed to providing advanced training in clergy leadership to enhance ministry effectiveness. His personal mission is to be “helpful, humorous, and healing,” which he manifests in a passion for conducting training. He is a gifted storyteller with a penchant for mischievously confronting listeners with new insights that are both affirming and liberating.

NOTE: The registration deadline is Oct. 15, 2014.
TIME: – 9 a.m.-5:50 p.m. EST on Monday and Tuesday, and 9 a.m.-12 noon on Wednesday
LOCATION: Lexington Theological Seminary – 230 South Lexington Green Circle
For more information, contact Rev. Tanya J. Tyler, LTS Clergy Mentor Program Coordinator, at (859) 280-1232 or


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  • A webinar from Lexington Theological Seminary
  • Led by Dr. Claire Bischoff, Adjunct Professor of Religious Education
  • Saturday, October 11, 2014; 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. EST.

Whether you were born to be a Sunday School teacher or just got roped into it before you could say, “No, thank you,” this webinar is for you. Not only will you be convinced that you are just the right person for the job, but you will also come away armed with practical ideas to face some of the most daunting aspects of teaching, including:

  •  Creative ways to pray with your class
  • Tried and true methods for beginning discussion (and keeping it going)
  • Insider tips for group management
  • Fresh ways to engage scripture – and more!

This would be a great way to strengthen your church’s program of Christian education – and a great time to round up your Sunday School teachers for a helpful and inspiring webinar.

 You may participate either on campus ($15) or online ($10) by registering below or by contacting Dr. Bill Turner at (859) 280-1253 or Log-in instructions for online participants will be sent upon your registration. AND once you’ve paid your $10 fee, you are welcome to gather a group of Sunday School leaders and/or church members to join you – at no extra cost!

Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to learn and grow!



Renewing Worship – Dr. Allen – September 6th

Too many churches focus solely on the issue of musical tastes or liturgical styles in relation to worship. In this webinar, Dr. Allen will offer a different model to shape congregational conversations about the evaluation and renewal of worship, regardless of whether worship is “traditional” or “contemporary.” The webinar is oriented toward groups in a congregation with some responsibility for and interest in planning and leading worship – worship committees, worship teams, choirs, praise bands, staff, and laity.   Gather a group at your church, go online, and let Dr. Allen kick-start a new conversation for you about how to serve God better in your worship services – and how to make the service more meaningful and relevant for the community of faith.


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Fall Lay School – September 2014


  • September 6, 13, 20, and 27 – 9:00 am until Noon
  • continental breakfast starts at 8:30
  • Cost is $75 per person for the four sessions.

Many Christians follow Thomas Jefferson’s lead on how to deal with the miracle stories of the gospels from the perspective of a scientific world view: we essentially delete them from our Bible. But the sheer number of them in the gospels shows how important they were for the early Church’s understanding of the person and works of Jesus as the Christ. In this Bible study, Dr. Allen will lead us through an exploration of ways to interpret the stories in which Jesus offers miraculous healing to those who are sick, possessed, or disabled as having significant theological meaning for Christians in our own day and age.


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LTS: Homecoming/Housewarming June 19th

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2014 LTS Golf Scramble

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Tentative Schedule for the LTS Golf Scramble:
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– 12 p.m. – Complimentary Luncheon
– 1:30 p.m. – Tee time
– 6:00 p.m. – Awards Reception

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Upcoming Events at LTS

For more details or to register for an event, please check for the event registration on the events page.

LTS Golf Scramble
June 6

June 7 | 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Lifting Your Congregation from “Good to Great” – Re-Framing Church
Growth in the Missional Era with Rev. Matt Rosine

LTS Homecoming
June 19

June 20
Crestwood Christian Church, with the Rev. Dr. William Edwards, Regional Minister of The Christian Church in Ohio, delivering the commencement address.

On-Campus Intensives (for students)
June 20-29

October 11 | 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Help! I’m a Sunday School Teacher? with Dr. Claire Bischoff

Webinar series

Here’s a great opportunity for church leaders, church groups, Sunday School classes, and more! A webinar series you can attend online or on site in Lexington. Register online and get full details here: