What is supervision in the Methodist Church?
Supervision in the Methodist Church is an exploratory and reflective process. Every ordained minister is required to meet 1:1 for an hour and half with a trained, resourced and approved supervisor to reflect on their vocation and practice at least 6 times per year. Others with significant pastoral responsibility are encouraged to be in supervision.
By the end of 2019 all presbyters and deacons working in the Methodist Church will be in structured supervision. Conversations will continue between now and 2020 about how to make that practical for those not in circuit appointments and for lay people in relevant roles. The training of supervisors has already begun and in two districts ordained ministers are already in supervision. We have been glad to learn from their experience through the pilot project.
The purpose of supervision in the Methodist Church is to support effective mission and ministry as part of a culture of prayer, accountability, support and safety for all who minister and for those amongst whom they work.
Good supervision helps the supervisee pay attention to the detail of their practice within the horizon of God's justice and love and in relation to the Church's expectations about ethical and healthy ways of working.
The experience of the majority of those who received supervision under the pilot (2015-17) is that it provided regular space in the diary that promoted their own health and wellbeing and helped them focus on the outcomes of their ministry for others. For some supervision has become a regular means of grace in which God's transforming presence is being encountered.
If you have questions about supervision, please consult the FAQs pageand if that doesn't help, contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to discuss any aspect of supervision in the Methodist Church please contact me by email or telephone (01223 765830) to arrange a time to do so.
I look forward to sharing with you in this important work.
Connexional Director of Supervision