Pinnacle Clergy Collective

Charleston - Columbia - Greenville

South Carolina

September 2019 - May 2020

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Collective = Individuals gathering around a common cause

Objective = To lead our churches to increasingly robust participation in God’s kingdom

Jesus encouraged us to pray for God’s will to be done and God’s kingdom to come on earth as it is in heaven because this is exactly what God intends to do….to bring the kingdom to earth as it is in heaven. Ultimately, we believe God will make a new heaven and a new earth, drawing all things together. In the meantime, God has invited us to partner with God toward this really good end.  

So, the Clergy Collective is an emerging group of clergy who are responding to this call, leading their churches toward being part of God’s kingdom more fully day by day. Over time, we at Pinnacle have engaged with numerous clergy in these 3 South Carolina central cities. Now they are becoming hubs for gathering, locations for Pinnacle Clergy Collectives.  

Each Pinnacle Clergy Collective is a group of clergy who gather one-half day per month, September - May, for learning and growing. We combine two of our primary services, training and coaching, into a substantive learning and growth opportunity. Here’s the flow each day we gather: 

 9:30-11:00 – Spiritual Enrichment And Seminar 

11:00-11:15 – Break 

11:15-12:45 – Coaching Group 

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Registration is open until the first gathering in September or until full

September 2019 - May 2020


Engaging clergy around the intersection of faith, culture, and congregational growth is the sweet spot of Mark Tidsworth’s training, writing, and presenting. Mark spends more and more of his time presenting to clergy, church, and denominational gatherings; an able teacher when it comes to the Christian Movement’s ongoing progress. The seminar portion of the Clergy Collective is an opportunity to take in presentations from Mark regarding leading churches toward transformation and invigoration in healthy, sustainable ways.  

Columbia and Charleston Seminar Topic: Leading Congregational Transformation

The 2019-2020 Clergy Collective Seminar for Columbia and Charleston focus on equipping clergy with insights and skills which help them lead adaptive change in their churches. Regardless of church size, health, or progress, all churches are facing the adaptive challenge of being faithful to the gospel while also being relevant expressions of themselves in this changing world. Some churches are poised and ready, while others are not even aware that change is afoot. So, this seminar will equip and strengthen clergy to be the leaders their churches need in order to move ahead toward becoming their best selves in their current contexts. Sources for this seminar’s content are: 

  • Mark’s experience in consulting and coaching over the last 18 years 

  • Mark’s new content which is not yet in printed form 

  • Mark’s books: Shift and Farming Church 

  • Current and emerging expressions of church 

  • Adaptive Change Theory And Practice 

  • Family Systems Theory And Practice 

  • Size Transition Theory And Practice 

  • Life Cycle Of The Congregation  

Greenville Seminar Topic: The Effective Lead Pastor 

Due to requests from multiple pastors, this 2019-2020 seminar in the Greenville Clergy Collective is specifically focused on the role of the lead pastor. We will do a deep dive into the role and key practices which effective lead pastors pursue. Clergy serving in other positions are certainly welcome to participate, recognizing the learning we engage transfers well to ministry in general. The focus of this seminar includes: 

  • Mark’s experience, books, and new content 

  • Family Systems Theory And Practice 

  • Leading A Staff Team 

  • Leading The Lay Leadership Team 

  • Serving As A Coaching Pastor 

  • Focusing The Mission And Vision 

  • Identifying And Pursuing The Growing Edge 

  • Increasing Adaptive Capacity  

Coaching Group

Leading clergy coaching groups has been a central part of Pinnacle’s ministry since its beginning in 2008. We continue this specific form of ministry since it’s so helpful to those participating. The cross-pollination, collective learning, shared best practices, support, and encouragement combine for strong formative experiences each time we gather.  

 Each coaching group is limited to 8 participants, led by a Pinnacle coach. Participants are in the same coaching group with the same coach during the entire year, from September to May, forming strong relationships within their group. Each participant is encouraged to identify personal and/or professional goals to pursue over the course of this year. During each group, the coach facilitates an opportunity to pursue these goals while also tending to “front burner” items which participants bring to the group. Feedback from clergy participating in our groups is that these experiences help them serve far more effectively in their ministries.   

Eligibility To Participate - Pinnacle Clergy Collectives are open to those serving in any position in Christian churches or denominations. 

We have two criteria which describe participants in our Clergy Collectives. These are requirements for participation. If this is not within your theology and practice, then simply recognize this Clergy Collective is not the best opportunity for you at this time. 

  1. Actively supports men and women in ministry; serving in pastoral roles.  

  2. Actively supports ministry in churches outside one’s denomination; able to encourage and cheer for pastors serving in denominations other than one’s own without hesitation.  

Dates, Locations, and Coaches - Each location is limited, given we limit the coaching groups to 8 participants. Preference is given to clergy who have previously participated in Pinnacle’s Clergy Cohorts (when they apply in a timely manner). When registering, indicate which coach your prefer and we will do our best to accommodate your preference.  REGISTER quickly, since registration closed before the September gathering or until full before then.

  • Greenville Clergy Collective, Second Thursdays, 9:30-12:45, Aldersgate United Methodist Church. Coaches are Mark Tidsworth and Debra Griffis-Woodberry. 16 participant capacity. We can include additional coaches, making room for more participants, if needed.  Runs September 2019-May 2020.

  • Columbia Clergy Collective, Second Mondays, 9:30-12:45, St. Andrews Baptist Church. Coaches are Mark Tidsworth, David Brown, and Dan Holloway. 24 participant capacity. We can include additional coaches, making room for more participants, if needed.  Runs September 2019-May 2020.

  • Charleston Clergy Collective, RUNS OCTOBER - MAY - Second Wednesdays, 9:30-12:45, St. Andrews Presbyterian Church (Convenient location in West Ashley). Coaches are Mark Tidsworth and Dan Holloway. 16 participant capacity. We can include additional coaches, making room for more participants, if needed.  Runs September 2019-May 2020.

Tuition For The Year  - $495 

To Participate - With questions or for more information, contact:

Mark Tidsworth,, 803-673-3634

David Brown,, 803-984-6964

To register, complete the online form and pay the $100 deposit or full tuition to reserve your spot. When you register we will send you an invoice by email.  Registration is open until first gathering in September or until full before then. Get in touch quickly to reserve your spot.

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For those who live too far away to make participation possible, here are additional options you might explore: 

  • We can form a new Clergy Collective in your area if you are able to gather a critical mass 

  • We do online coaching groups who meet by Zoom video conference. To participate, we might be able to add you to a group, form a new group, or you can gather a group. Usually these are groups of 4 clergy.  

  • Individual coaching done by video conference or phone 

  • There may be other options we haven’t identified to meet your needs. Get in touch and we can explore together what may work for you.  

We look forward to a great year in the Clergy Collective. We are praying that those who will benefit will make their way to the Collective. Thank you for your interest and we look forward to this experience.  

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