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The effect of presence and power in the pastoral supervisory relationship

Authors
  • Mullally, Bill
Type
Published Article
Journal
Holiness
Publisher
Sciendo
Publication Date
Jun 16, 2020
Volume
3
Issue
1
Pages
5–34
Identifiers
DOI: 10.2478/holiness-2017-0001
Source
De Gruyter
Keywords
License
Green

Abstract

This article addresses the important elements of presence and power in the pastoral supervisory relationship. It is based on qualitative research, which used a questionnaire methodology with six Methodist ministers, all of whom had taken part in group pastoral supervision for a period of two years. The aim of this research was to gain insight into their experience of the supervisory process. The article explores how an open, authentic and trusting environment can be created within the pastoral supervisory relationship that has regenerative and healing potential, whereby ministers will be better able to face the challenges of ministry. It contends there is a need for well-qualified, skilled and spiritually sensitive supervisory support for ministers. Such pastoral supervisors will understand the dynamics of power and presence to create a sacred space for ministers to ‘come apart and reflect a while’. This covenant relationship creates transformational possibilities for those who commit to the journey.

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