A formal collaborative process to monitor, support and further develop the professional practice of those in ministry. The supervisory conversation focuses on what is being stirred within the person as s/he ministers to others.
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.
Supervision is intended to lead to the growth of the ministry agent in self-awareness, professional competence, pastoral understanding and in a commitment to the exploration and deepening of their spirituality. The aim of supervision is to enhance the quality of ministry being provided.
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.
The function of supervision is threefold:
- 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