Pastoral Leadership Consultation Group


For Charlotte Area Lead & Associate Pastors, Certified Lay Pastors, Youth Ministers, Judicatory Leaders 

Three Emphases: Conflict Management, Congregational System Leadership According to Personality Temperament & Self Care

 Led by

Mark Larson, D.Min., L.P.C.Supervisor, Fellow A.A.P.C. Methodist Counseling & Consultation Services

14 Mondays, 2-4:30pm October 2015 - May 2016 

First Meeting: October 19  2015, 2-4:30pm

** Registration deadline is October 18, 2015 ** 

Reading List: Saying No to Say Yes: Everyday Boundaries and Pastoral Excellence by Olsen and Devor.  2015

 What Type of Leader Are You?  Using the Enneagram System to Identify and Grow Your Leadership Strengths and Achieve Maximum Success by Lapid-Bogda.  2007

 Managing Church Conflict by Halverstadt.  1991

Leading Change in the Congregation by Rendle.  1998

 Additional reading based on group interests 


Location: Mark’s office, Dilworth United Methodist Church, 605 East Boulevard, Charlotte, NC 28203

Schedule: 14, 2.5 hour Sessions: October 2013 through May 2014, (two Mondays per month with relaxed schedules during Advent & Lent)

Cost to each pastor: $600 for 14 meetings * If more than 5 participants, cost will be lowered *

Books: approximately $120 

For information contact:

 Mark Larson, D.Min., L.P.C.Supervisor, 704-375-5354 x 406

Registration deadline is October 18, 2015 

Pastoral Leadership Consultation Group Description


Conflict Management, Congregational System Leadership According to Personality Temperament & Self Care

·       Practice assessing individuals and congregational decision-making processes

·       Practice acting and/or referring appropriate to the type and level of situation or conflict

·       Practice utilizing Congregational Systems approaches in pastoral leadership consistent with your own personality temperament

·       Self-evaluating current self-care strategies, with additional ideas and support for new strategies

Additional readings will follow group members' emerging needs.


Through verbatim presentations of your current work and guided supportive discussions the group process aids the presenter and group in:

·       addressing current congregational issues and difficulties in a supportive, honest and confidential setting

·       practicing new perspectives in the readings in current parish situations

·       discussing and strengthening understandings of pastoral identity,

pastoral leadership, discerning one’s unique, specific strengths and growing edges, transforming decision-making processes 

Resources for Vital Congregations



Lewis Center for Church Leadership

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Books

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Serve Your Neighbor

GBHEM Leadership Resources


Living Faithfully: Human Sexuality and the United Methodist Church

Englewood Book Review

Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations

Ted Talks: The Golden Circle

Ted Talks: The Power of Vulnerability

Ted Talks: The Price of Invulnerability

Design Thinking

Meditations on the Ministry of All Christians


Be A Disciple

A Disciple’s Path; A Guide for United Methodist

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Adult Christian Studies from the Wesley Ministry Network

Traveling Together: A Guide for Disciple Forming Congregations


Living As United Methodist Christians

Methodist Doctrine: The Essentials

Reclaiming our Wesleyan Tradition: John Wesley’s Sermons for Today

John Wesley Sermons: Anthology


Get Their Name

Evangelism & Theology in the Wesleyan Spirit

Canoeing the Mountains

Fresh Expressions

Fresh Expressions: Dinner Church

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Reach New Disciples

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: 50 Ways to Reach People

Community: The Structure of Belonging


Institute for Emerging Issues

Congregations 4 Children


The Royce and Jane Reynolds Ministry Fund Grants

The Duke Endowment


The Appalachian District Church Vitality Team has been prayerfully seeking ways to help support you and the ministries of your local congregation during this COVID-19 pandemic. Together they have diligently researched and connected with others throughout the conference and our denomination to identify resources and offer them to you. We hope they will be helpful to you and bless you greatly in leading your churches and communities through this unprecedented time. We are very grateful to the District Vitality Team and other contributors for their great work on this resource.
This faithful team has created three documents, two of which you are receiving today. They include:

  • Family Home Worship – designed to help families establish a regular worship space within their homes as well as a time where they can worship together.
  • Tech Strategies – to help guide you in selecting effective tools and resources within your budget to best communicate in the digital world.

We believe these resources will be of great benefit to you. Also know that the District Vitality Team is available to answer any questions you might have in regards to the documents attached. If you have questions, you may email Rev. Howard Fleming at


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