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What is Pastoral Supervision? Why is it needed?
“Supervision interrupts practice. It wakes us up to what we are doing. When we are alive to what we are doing, we wake up to what is, instead of falling asleep in the comfort stories of our routines and daily practice.”
What is pastoral supervision in a Ministry Context?
Supervision is a broad space to talk about whatever is happening in ministry that is;
A typical supervision session may involve checking in on the wellbeing of the supervisee, any staff and volunteer conflict, organisational renewal, and developing the skills and wisdom in holding complexity.
So, why is supervision needed?
Here are a few key reasons;
As a movement we are committed to creating safe ministering persons and environments; formation groups, spiritual mentoring training, transformational church cohorts are just a few of the spaces that have become a regular part of our culture.
Supervision needs be championed as essential in the life of Fresh Hope churches. It will be part of the OPD process, particularly for those entering paid ministry over the next decade. The supervision process is concerned both for the ministering person and the people they serve and lead. Supervisors have a covenanted responsibility to intervene if either begins to become unsafe or unsustainable. Theologically and pastorally we need to continue to be salt and light in the communities we serve. The Mission and Ministry team are actively processing ways ministering persons can access supervision in 2020 and beyond.
Director | Fresh Hope Mission & Ministry
 Ryan, S. Vital Practice. (Portland, UK: Sea Change Publications, 2004)
 Pohly, K. Transforming the Rough Places: the Ministry of Supervision. (Franklin: Providence House Publishers, 2001)
 Commonwealth of Australia. Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse: Final Report Recommendations. Page 58.