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