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David E. Nelson, D.Min.

Career Objective - Provide “Appreciative Inquiry” coaching, consultation, training, resources, and presentations in order to encourage individual persons and organizations to be the best they can be and do their highest quality work. “I believe in the worth of every person and seek to build a world where diversity is celebrated, human dignity is enhanced and unity becomes the norm.”

Professional skills
+ Coaching individuals for their personal and professional best
+ Teaching and training adults for change and growth in variety of settings
+ Organizational development using “Appreciative Inquiry”
+ Consultation of groups working toward better teamwork and higher quality
+ Public speaking for group empowerment
+ Building bridges between diverse communities
+ Assisting others to celebrate diversity

Career History
+ Appreciative Inquiry Coach – The Human Agenda LLC since 1994
+ Convenor or Kansas City Interfaith Council
+ Spiritual guide and teacher at U.S. Penitentiary, Leavenworth, KS in the “Life Connections Program”
+ Senior Consultant with Fitch & Associates in Emergency Medical Services
+ Associate Minister World Faiths Center
+ Ordained Minister Evangelical Lutheran Church in America 1971-1993
+ Chaplain at Kansas Industrial Reformatory 1972-1975 (part time)
+ Hospice Director of Spiritual Care (1975-1981: 1990-1993)
+ Educator: Adjunct faulty School of Theology; Retreat leader in various settings; Training teachers and other educators
+ Writer: Published in national magazines and local newspapers: Published adult course on human response to social issues: Use and teach using journaling as growth and support resource

+ Doctor of Ministry - Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago
+ Master of Divinity - Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago
+ Bachelor of Arts - History & Political Science, Bethany College, Lindsborg, KS
+ Coach University Training
+ Appreciative Inquiry Training – Taos Institute
+ “Certified Attraction Trainer” - Attraction University
+ Spiritual Direction Certificate, Shalem Institute for Spiritual Direction

Dr. David Nelson has been leading himself and others for all of his adult life. He is part of the movement for human liberation. In his relationship with a great diversity of people he recognizes a mysterious and wonderful human connection. Through The Human Agenda, Dr. Nelson continues his life-long passion to live fully and invite others to live fully. He provides resources and coaching for people and organizations to claim their full human potential. He is a personal empowerment coach, motivational speaker, consultant, and trainer.

Recent projects include his work as a coach to leaders in Head Start programs through the United States. For the last six years he has facilitated a pre-conference training at the National Head Start Association Annual Training Conference. For five years the training was “TEAMS and Head Start.” In 2003 he offered a new training on “Appreciative Supervision.”

The most requested topics include team building, emotional intelligence, appreciative inquiry, supervision, and leadership.

His passion for people, energy for getting the task completed, and human leadership skills enable him to support you in being the wonderful human beings you really are.


movies, colorado at the entrance to the rocky mountain national park. i believe that life is too short for a full time job and that it is never too late to have a wonderful childhood., books and people who like to discuss them. my favorite author is tom robbins. i love my second home in estes park