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Clergy Cohorts

Since 2005, we have providing clergy cohorts of various kinds in many places. Several Pinnacle Associates provide these, though they tend to follow the same format:

  • Gather a half-day each month during academic year
  • 9:30-12:30, with lunch afterwards optional
    • 9:30-11:00 - Topical Seminar which runs throughout the year
    • 11:00-12:30 - Coaching Group
  • Male and Female Clergy from various Christian denominations are welcome
  • Tuition - $475. Cohort plus Individual Coaching is $975, reserve your spot with your $100 Deposit.

September 2018 - May 2019 Cohorts are accepting participants now. Space is limited to 10 participants each Cohort.

The Near Future Church (NFC) Cohort

Mark Tidsworth, Coach and Trainer

  • Columbia, SC, St Andrews Baptist Church, 2nd Mondays
  • Anderson, SC, TBA, 2nd Wednesdays
  • Greenville, SC, Location TBA, 2nd Thursdays
  • Spartanburg, SC, Joy Lutheran Church, 3rd Mondays

Interactive Seminar – The Near Future Church
In 2015, I described the Shift from the Modern to the Postmodern Era in Shift: Three Big Moves For The 21st Century Church. The three moves are high level descriptions of hopeful shifts as the Church moves through the transition. In 2017, Farming Church: Cultivating Adaptive Change In Congregations, was published as a prequel to Shift. Plenty of congregations need cultivating before they are ready to embrace the shifts necessary during the Modern to Postmodern transition. Here in 2018, we are nearly one-fifth through the 21st century. Now we are gaining glimpses and tastings of the church-as-it-is-becoming. The emerging church beyond the Postmodern transition is rising. This new expression of church is not so distant in the future anymore, coming nearer as we speak. The near future church is emerging in 2018. That’s the focus for Clergy Cohorts 2018-19, the Near Future Church. Cohorts will engage NFC content in two parts.

Part One: Describing the NFC along with a call to lead your congregation into its next best expression of itself in this Postmodern context. Areas of focus include Strong Group Culture, Genuine Authenticity, Streamlined Organization, Embracing Love As Core Value, Sinking Deep Roots In This Christian Story, Identifying and Embracing Your Alternative Story, Hopeful Vision For Planet Earth (Rather than failure-focused), A Questing Community (Holy Adventure), Proactive and Empowered Church, Joyful Church, Robust Church, Aspirational Vision, Winsome Spirit, Empowered. In addition the NFC is no longer engaged with the 20th century theological, doctrinal and ecclesiastical arguments which are no longer relevant to our current context. The outcome is more hope and less grief, more “O Yes’s” and fewer “O No’s.”

Part Two: Leadership For The NFC. During the 20th century, pastoral leadership archetypes took shape, guiding and shaping our pastoral ministries. These were congruent with the aims and culture of the Modern Era church. Beyond the Postmodern divide, we need new images and models to inform our pastoral leadership. One pastoral leadership archetype is rising in this emerging church: Faith Change Agent. We will explore FCA pastoral leadership, along with the opportunity to begin shifting our pastoral leadership toward greater congruence with the Near Future Church. 

Summer Events

​​The Peoplemap Communication System
A Learning Experience for Teams and Individuals
July 19, Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Clemson, SC
Mark Tidsworth, Certified Peoplemap Trainer
Tuition - $80, including inventory and box lunch

Mission advancement is the goal for most of us as we work. Interpersonal relationships, influenced by our communication skills, are the means by which most of our work is accomplished. Ministers, church staffs, lay leadership teams, and entire congregations who want to grow more effective in mission advancement can do so by increasing their communication skills. The Peoplemap Communication System is designed to strengthen communication skills and interpersonal relationships. The result: greater mission advancement.

The Peoplemap is a powerful, yet fun and practical learning program. Each participant completes the same seven item questionnaire. This inventory, with 95% accuracy in identifying your personality type, is designed to show each person’s way of relating to others, solving problems, leading and getting work accomplished. Each person’s questionnaire is immediately self-scored to determine their personality type: Leader, People, Free Spirit, Task

What Participants Gain From Peoplemap Training

  • Your Peoplemap Inventory and workbook style feedback information
  • Greater understanding of self and your communication tendencies
  • Strengths and weaknesses of your personality type
  • Insights for communicating with others who are not your personality type
  • How to use the Hard and Soft People Skills for congregational leadership
  • Strengthening your teams
  • Conflict prevention and management
  • Personalized Learning Plan based on The Peoplemap
  • Increased Mission Advancement

Mark Tidsworth has been using the Peoplemap Personality Inventory for years to raise self-awareness which is then translated into improved effectiveness in coaching clients. Mark often provides this training to church staffs and lay leadership teams as they strengthen their working interaction and effectiveness. Come and join us for a substantive day of learning and strengthening your team. Staff teams and individuals will find this training helpful. To learn more, contact Mark at 803-673-3634 or markt@pinnlead.com.
​ Register at the button above.

The Five Functionalities Of High Functioning Teams
A Learning Experience For Staff Teams
August 23, 9:30AM-3:00PM, Anderson, SC
Mark Tidsworth, Leadership Coach And Trainer
Tuition - $75, including box lunch

When church staffs and lay leadership teams function well, they are beautiful to behold. We gain so much momentum and accomplish major initiatives with vigor and enthusiasm. The reverse is just as true. When church staffs and lay leadership teams are dysfunctional, they drain our energy and ramp up frustration. Why does effective team working seem so elusive in church life? Where are the models for improving our teaming, increasing those times of increased energy and morale?

One of the best of Patrick Lencioni’s insightful books is entitled, The Five Dysfunctions Of A Team. Rather than stay with dysfunctional language, we translated this material to the Five Functionalities of High Functioning Teams. After providing many staff development days and staff retreats based on this material, we are eager to offer this staff development day to those who want to move toward greater effectiveness in team working. Participants will learn to make the move:

  • From Inattention To Results – To - Focus on Collective Results
  • From Avoidance of Accountability – To - Accountability For Delivering Against Plans
  • From Lack of Commitment – To - Commitment To Decisions And Action Plans
  • From Fear of Conflict – To - Unfiltered Conflict Around Ideas
  • From Absence of Trust – To - Trusting One Another

Participants will be introduced to this team working paradigm, along with practical steps for cultivating a team culture which leads to high functioning team working.

Church Staffs and Lay Leadership Team Leaders are encouraged to participate in this substantive learning experience. If your entire team cannot participate, Team Leaders will find this event helpful toward strengthening their team leadership.

Since 1999, Mark Tidsworth has been working with church staffs and lay leadership teams toward greater effectiveness. You will find this event full of helpful actions, while having fun. If you need more information or want to discuss this event, please contact Mark anytime. 803-673-3634 or markt@pinnlead.com. Register at the button above.