Consensus in

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Consensus invites God more deeply into the decision making of your congregation and thus into the life of your community. We can help you learn how to effectively use this more inclusive, collaborative, and creative process.

The Book

Our handbook, Sacred Decisions, offers the why, what, and how of using consensus. Use it as a reference as you practice using consensus, like an informal “Robert’s Rules” for your new business process. Buy the Book

We also offer a range of workshops for every level of interest in consensus.


Marcia J. Patton

Marcia J. Patton, PhD, is the executive minister emerita of Evergreen Association of American Baptist Churches, a church body organized by ethnic caucuses and working by consensus. Marcia earned a Ph.D. from Temple University College of Education. She also earned an M.Div. and an M.A.R. from Palmer (formerly Eastern Baptist Theological) Seminary and a B.A. from Michigan State. She was ordained in May 1976 by First Baptist Church, Salt Lake City, recognized by American Baptist Churches USA. She currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors for Kaleidoscope Institute. In addition to co-authoring Sacred Decisions, she is the author of Intentionally Inclusive: Together at the Table for Ministry.

Nora J. Percival

Nora J. Percival is a Hicksite Friend with a strong interest in Quaker process and history. She has held leadership positions in many local, regional, national, and international Quaker organizations, all of which make decisions using the Quaker version of faith-based consensus. She is an experienced teacher/trainer, specializing in developing and delivering professional development programs for adults. In addition to her consensus work, Nora has been called to a ministry of training community health workers in East Africa.