Reflective Supervision is a tool that can help clergy to be attentive to the presence of God and view their ministry through a different lens.
Reflective supervision is a form of pastoral supervision useful as a means for clergy to explore and reflect on the practice of ministry, their calling, and their well-being.
Pioneered by the Methodist Church of Britain, research has demonstrated that reflective supervision: 1) Provides reliable accompaniment that supports the well-being and flourishing of clergy 2) Strengthens boundary awareness and role clarity that supports the safeguarding of everyone in the congregation, and 3) Provides intentional sacred space for discerning what God is saying.
A clergy person (supervisee) covenants to meet with a trained and approved supervisor in a supportive and confidential space. It is a relationship of accompaniment, providing a safe space for reflection and reducing feelings of isolation.
Reflective Supervision is a space to reflect on ministry and is an aid in enhancing the joy and creativity in ministry as well as reducing burnout. Reflective supervision helps clergy:
- Focus on self-care
- Pay attention to spiritual, emotional, financial and physical well-being
- Determine learning needs for their specific context
- Reflect on the challenges of ministry
- Gain insight of role clarity and expectations
- Discover what is already known and forgotten
If you have additional questions, please contact Courtney Lawson, TWK Ministry Associate.
Reflective: examining, observing, reviewing, evaluating, questioning, and owning our own thinking.
Super-Vision: facilitated inquiry; a lens, a way of looking at a situation and oneself; a way of being in the world; a way of seeing with new eyes. This makes space for something new, life-changing, and creative to emerge.