How I Work

Effective Leader, Healthy Church


What’s it like to work with Margaret Marcuson?

Here are results my clients have reported. On this page I also outline my foundational principles, approach to client projects, and how I differ from most ministry consultants.

She’s gold. Whatever she says, do it.

Rev. John Reutter-Harrah, Pastor,
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church

Expected Results

I’m lead pastor at a United Methodist Church, and find each coaching session with Margaret to be wonderfully helpful. I’m always surprised by what emerges in our conversations. Working with her helps clarify “the next right thing” to do. Having a safe place to explore church-related issues, reduces my anxiety and renews my truth in God.

Rev. Kim Risedorph, pastor,
Asbury United Methodist Church, Livermore, CA

Guiding Beliefs or Values

Leadership. Leadership can make a real difference in the world.

Faith. I trust that God’s purposes are at work in us and in the world. I do this work because I’ve been called to it.

Hope. Opportunities for learning, growth and possibility are always present.

Reliability. I keep my word, and follow through on what I say I will do.

Depth. My goal is always to take my clients and myself deeper.


My approach

I work with leaders on how they make a difference.

My approach is not about a quick fix or about changing others, but about how leaders themselves step up to the important task of facing challenges, inertia and resistance.

I work with pastors to discover their own deep resources for leading out of themselves. I help them see the bigger picture of their long term goals and the kind of self-development, strategy and persistence most likely to get them there.

Whether I work with a minister for a day or over a long period of time, the focus is the same: to help clergy lead as they

1) develop greater clarity about their own self, purpose and goals, and

2) develop stronger relationships with those they lead.

The bottom line: a more solidly grounded ministry with far greater potential for long-term ministry results.

My uniqueness

I know what ministry is like because I lived it as a pastoral leader for fifteen years. I offer a wider perspective on the way churches function and how to make a difference within them. Rather than a leadership technique or formula, I offer a new way to live in ministry which fits your unique calling and giftedness.


Learn about the specific services and programs I offer by going to the Services Page. Click Here!