Pastoral Supervision is a safe, confidential relationship, which provides a regular opportunity for you to reflect on your ministry and professional relationships. The trained pastoral supervisor meets with one or more practitioners (supervises) and together they explore the supervisees' practice. The supervisee can then decide to make any necessary changes.
The desired outcome of pastoral supervision is a continuing enhancement of the ministry offered by the supervisee/s. Alongside this may be increased self-respect, released potential
and the capacity to see, feel and hear those things that may have been barriers to moving forward. Research shows a high correlation between good pastoral supervision and vocational satisfaction. In addition there can be an increase in health and wellbeing and increased effectiveness in ministry.
People who work within a Christian ministry context, whether laity or ordained, often find themselves in situations, which are challenging and complex.
This may be people in leadership in church, chaplains and practitioners who have a responsibility for ministering to others.
The focus of pastoral supervision is on actual events, on real, living, ministry situations and experience.
The supervisee takes responsibility to present issues that are important to spend time on.
These experiences may include relational conflicts, boundaries and stressful issues requiring deep listening and sensitive discussion.
For our initial meeting I like to meet informally and discuss our expectations of pastoral supervision. Our first pastoral supervision session will then include agreeing our work covenant. This will cover practicalities such as:
Time - sessions are usually 60 - 90 minutes
Frequency - every 4-6 weeks
Location - in my home in Sussex or Zoom
Cost - Fees range from £40 and can be negotiable in certain circumstances.
Other considerations are included in the covenant e.g. cancellations, roles and responsibilities, safeguarding, confidentiality, record keeping and review.
"Self-Care is never a selfish act - it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer to others." Parker Palmer
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