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Supervision Mechanics

We encourage pastors to sign up for a year of supervision at a time. Generally 6 sessions a year is adequate. More sessions a year can be negotiated if required. 

Face to face supervision can be arranged in Newport on Sydney's Northern Beaches. Zoom Supervision is also available. Sessions are approx. 60min in length.

You can download a copy of the Fees and Agreement and an Application Form below. Once received Andrew will be in contact with you to organise the first session.


What is Professional Pastoral Supervision?

This definition of Pastoral Supervision is taken from the website of the Association of Pastoral Supervisors and Educators in the UK.

• a regular, planned intentional and boundaried space in which a practitioner skilled in supervision (the supervisor) meets with one or more other practitioners (the supervisees) to look together at the supervisees’ practice 

• a relationship characterised by trust, confidentiality, support and openness that gives the supervisee freedom and safety to explore the issues arising in their work 

• Spiritually/theologically rich – works within a framework of spiritual/theological understanding in dialogue with the supervisee’s world view and work 

• Psychologically informed – draws on relevant psychological theory and insight to illuminate intra-personal and inter-personal dynamics 


• contextually sensitive – pays attention to the particularities of setting, culture and world-view 


• praxis based – focuses on a report of work and /or issues that arise in and from the supervisee’s pastoral practice 

• a way of growing in vocational identity, pastoral competence, self awareness, spiritual/theological reflection, pastoral interpretation, quality of presence, accountability, response to challenge, mutual learning 


• attentive to issues of fitness to practice, skill development, management of boundaries, professional identity and the impact of the work upon all concerned parties 


• Spiritual Accompaniment – for the sole or primary purpose of exploring the spiritual life and development of the supervisee(s). Aspects of this may arise in Pastoral Supervision but are not the main focus. 

• Counselling– for the purpose of helping the supervisee(s) gain insight into their personal dynamics, or helping the supervisee(s) to resolve or live more positively with their psycho- social limitations. Aspects of this may arise in Pastoral Supervision and, if necessary, the supervisee(s) may be encouraged to seek counselling support.

• Line management – for the purpose of addressing professional practice and development issues in relationship to the supervisee(s)’s performance and accountability (whether paid or voluntary) to her/his employer. Aspects of this may arise in Pastoral Supervision but are not the main focus. 



Kerrell and Andrew have completed a Post Grad Certificate in Professional Supervision and are members of AAOS (Australasian Association of Supervision) and Chaplaincy Australia.

Professional Pastoral Supervision is not
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