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Director of Training

Rob Voyle
Rev. Dr. Rob Voyle

The Appreciative Way

The Appreciative Way
Discover the essentials of the
Appreciative Way in this fast
read format book by Rob and
Kim Voyle.

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Introducing the Transitional Ministry Network

Where the Church and its Clergy are a Mystery to 
be Embraced Rather than a Problem to be Solved.

Our Mission

To Provide Appreciative Inquiry Based Resources
for Clergy and Congregations During Transitional Times

The Transitional Ministry Network was started by the Rev. Robert J. Voyle, an Episcopal priest, psychologist and executive coach. Most of his 25 years of church ministry was as an interim pastor helping congregations through transitions of leadership. He has served small rural congregations with no staff and large corporate size churches with large staffs, and a variety of churches in between.

Along with his wife Kim, who has an extensive background in Personnel selection, Rob co-authored Core Elements of the Appreciative Way An Introduction to Appreciative Inquiry for Work and Daily Living

Kim and Rob also wrote Assessing Skills and Discerning Calls a comprehensive Search Manual to assist congregations in their search process.

Rob is the director of the Clergy Leadership Institute which provides extensive training and coaching in Appreciative Inquiry based leadership development.

Congregations Need to Blessed not Fixed

Out of our years of experience of working with a variety of congregations in a variety of circumstances it is our conviction that congregations resist change that is inflicted upon them or change that they cannot perceive as a blessing. Simply removing a problem will also not be perceived as a blessing unless people perceive that something better will take its place. We make extensive use of appreciative inquiry to help congregations discover their blessing and use these blessings to provide a foundation for responding to their transition and to respond creatively to the world around them.

Click here to see an overview of the Appreciative Interim Ministry (AIM) training AIM Training

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Clergy Search Manual

Assessing Skills and Discerning Calls


  • Theological Perspective of the Search Process
  • Overview of Appreciative Inquiry
  • Designing a Transitional Ministry to Support the Search.
  • Conducting a Congregational
    Appreciative Inquiry Summit
  • Developing Job Requirements
  • Evaluating Supplemental Written Questions
  • Evaluating a Structured Interview
  • Checking References and Past Performance
  • Assessing Work Samples Such as Preaching and Celebrating
  • Discernment; Vestry Interviewing and Simulated Vestry Retreat Exercises
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