A formal collaborative process to monitor, support and further develop the professional practice of those in ministry.
Supervision is a relationship-based, formal process of conversation in which the ministry agent can explore and reflect on their ministry practice within a safe and supportive environment.
The supervisory conversation focuses on what is being stirred within the person as s/he ministers to others.
Supervision is intended to lead to growth in the ministry agent’s self-awareness, professional competence, pastoral understanding, and commitment to the exploration and deepening of their spirituality.
The task of supervision in ministry is to help ministry agents find a sense of wholeness that will enable them to live and work in consistent, intentional and meaningful ways.
Supervision covers 3 main elements:
- Developing self-awareness
- Gaining knowledge and skills
- Integrating theory and practice
- Reviewing approaches, strategies and goals
- Developing a sense of professional self-worth
- Dealing with work-related stress
- Sustaining ministry agent morale
- Identifying personal resources
- Clarifying roles and responsibilities
- Managing workload
- Addressing organisation and ministry issues