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The Rev. Forrest Shelton Clark, D. Min., is the Principal Coach, Conciliator, and Consultant for FSClark Services. He is a Certified Professional Coach, ordained clergy (retired), experienced Mediator and Conciliator, vision and strategic mapping consultant, and group facilitator. He provides services to non-profits, churches, community-based agencies, and other organizations.
40+ years of experience, leadership, and innovation!
Forrest Shelton Clark is a retired United Methodist clergy person who served in varied ministry settings for over 40 years. His experience includes pastoral leadership of churches of all sizes, work as an intentional interim and transitional pastor and as a transformational change agent pastor, service as a seminary and college educator/administrator, and work as a denominational judicatory staff leader. His ministry service includes three different denominations and he has worked as a consultant and mediator with other church traditions. His educational credentials include a Doctor of Ministry from Drew University (1991) with his doctoral project on church leadership development. He is a trained and experienced mediator and conflict consultant, being trained and mentored in mediation and conflict resolution by some of the leading practitioners/instructors in the United States with over 300 hours of training and many years of experience. He has also been trained in Clergy Coaching Circles, received professional coach certification from the Fowler-Wainwright Institute of Professional Coaching, and completed the Leadership Coach Training Program of the Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and the Samaritan Interfaith Counseling Center with over 125 hours of coach training. He is a member of the International Coaches Federation.
As a retired elder of The United Methodist Church, he is familiar with the needs of clergy and lay professionals in churches, ministries beyond the local church, and judicatory staff. As an experienced pastor of churches of different sizes and contexts, he understands the needs that clergy and lay leadership staff have in seeking to elevate their personal and professional performance to new levels of effectiveness. As a conciliator, mediator and conflict transformation professional, he has helped churches, organizations, and families to move conflicts in their lives from static paralysis to dynamic and creative action. As a consultant, he has worked with churches and nonprofit agencies in developing a new sense of vision and focus for their common lives and in developing the plans which will help that vision become reality. And he has effectively coached clergy and other organizational leaders in moving toward higher levels of performance in their vocational settings.