Living the Resurrection (LtR) is committed to helping congregations thrive. Everything we offer is designed to motivate constructive change. We are motivated by the Biblical vision of the reign of God: where all tribes and nations stand in the presence of the divine, where the leaves of the trees are for the healing of the nations and where unity and diversity are received as gifts from God.
LtR workshops are for congregations that know they need to change, but don’t know how, and maybe aren’t sure they want to try. In moving through change, we walk with all whom God has led out of resistance to change, and into new life. The philosophy of Appreciative Inquiry (AI) provides the foundational theory that encourages people to change. The four phases of the AI strategy (Initiate--Inquire--Imagine--Innovate) structure the process.
The original materials come from Rev. Dr. Marj Funk-Pihl's experience developing, implementing and evaluating three separate Learning Communities who have gone through the LtR process over the past five years. Two of the Learning Communities were part of a research study that was the basis of Marj’s dissertation. For more information on the methodology, validity and findings of the research, click here .
The various offerings on this website add the wisdom of Rev. Michael Girlinghouse’s work with systemic grief in congregations and Rev.T. Conrad Selnick’s use of Appreciative Inquiry in multiple settings with a variety of goals.
To learn about the various workshops, keynotes and consulting opportunities we offer please click the button below.