Pastors are encouraged by the ACC National Executive to engage in regular Professional Supervision Sessions to provide external perspectives and professional help in the varied issues Pastors face in ministry. Note the amendments to our code below.
Professional Supervision (Pastoral) provides a safe, confidential space for pastors and leaders to discuss what’s happening in their ministry with someone who is trained to provide this support. It follows the Biblical principle of discipleship and having partners in ministry, modelled by Jesus in Matthew 6: 6, 7, 30-32, providing encouragement, accountability and time out to rest and reflect. Supervision provides personal and professional development, helps people to gain perspective, identify their core values and to understand more about themselves and why they respond or react the way they do. Supervision assists people to thrive in leadership and ministry, stay in their calling, do what they love to do, make good choices, have good boundaries and practice holistic self-care. The great flow on effect of this is the health of our families and churches.
Don’t burn out; keep yourselves fueled and aflame. Be alert servants of the Master, cheerfully expectant. Don’t quit in hard times; pray all the harder.