I saw this referred to in John Maxwell's leadership e-newsletter. The article is actually chapter 1 from Michael A. Roberto's book "Why Great Leaders Don't Take Yes for an Answer: The Leadership Challenge." It's a fascinating article on conflict and consensus. I think it would be helpful to look at it from the pastor's perspective as a leader.
Be sure to read all three sections of the article, The Leadership Challenge, Decision-Making Myths, and Dissent. The article is available here
Remember, this is written from a secular rather than a biblical mindset or word-view so it's up to you to filter it through your biblical world-view.