Ministry of Supervision Course 2017-18

October 10-13, 2017

April 30-May 4, 2018                                  

Application Deadline: June 30,2017

(Limited Enrollment)

One of the most important ministries that congregations, hospitals, and social ministry placements can offer is a setting for the supervision of students. Many clergy and lay people have found themselves called upon to be a supervisor of Designated Lay Ministers, Ministry Based students, Interns and Field Education students, without any formal training.


The Ministry of Supervision course is designed to:

·Provide learning situations where people may experience, practice and reflect upon the skills and methods of supervision

·Travel with others on the journey toward accountable ministry

·Be mentor, guide, challenger, supporter, encourager, listener, co-learner, educator, evaluator, spiritual companion . ..

Program Format

·Case studies and practice supervision sessions to develop skills in supervision

·A learning covenant to clarify participants'goals and objectives

·Learning modules covering various facets of supervision

·Concrete information on all aspects of supervision administration

·Self, peer and team leader evaluation


This course will seek to improve the quality of supervision by:

       Enabling participants to experience and identify their learning needs and to prepare a learning covenant

·Enabling participants to practice supervision skills and receive feedback

·Providing participants with a basic knowledge of and skill in the supervisory process

·Enabling individuals to claim and develop their skills in theological reflection

·Helping participants to discover their own strengths and weaknesses and develop their own patterns of supervision in ministry

·Encouraging participants to articulate a theology of ministry grounded in their experience of supervised learning


Michael Kooiman has co-facilitatedthe Ministry of Supervision course on many occasions and will lead the teamthis year.  Michael Kooiman is theminister of Central United Church in Weston, Ontario.  Trained at York andQueen's, Michael has a Doctor of Ministry in preaching from Chicago TheologicalSeminary.  Michael has supervised interns since 1997.  

Who might be interested in applying?  Those who:

·areinterested in supervising an internship, field education student or designatedlay minister

·wishto complement their SPE experiences by specialized study of the theory andpractice of supervision

·seeka professional development experience in an action-reflection model

·feelcalled to a ministry of supervision with others

·havealready experienced a validation of this call by others

·havesubstantial experience in pastoral/institutional ministry

·offersignificant life experience and maturity

·desirean experiential learning process

·believethat experience leads to learning

·arewilling to give and receive direct, honest feedback

·arecommitted to learning

·committo shared leadership

·enjoyexamining areas such as conflict management, power dynamics, learning styles,etc.

·believethat theological reflection is essential to learning and ministry

·arecommitted to an action-reflection model of learning

·wishto utilize self insight and peer input


Section 1:         Four-day course October 10-13 at Cedar Glen: 9:00-5:30, with some evening homework.

Section 2:         An experience of supervising someone between section 1 and 2, to be arranged prior to the first section in order to practice skills and integrate learning. Reflecting on who would be a suitable supervisee can be discussed with the instructors.

Section3:         One week course at Emmanuel College, April 30-May 4, 2018 9:00-5:30 and some evening homework

Total Cost is $1600.00 for the whole program. This includes food and accommodation costs for the first week at Cedar Glen and lunch and breaks, but not breakfast , supper or accommodation for the second week at Emmanuel College. The program receives a$300 subsidy per participant from the UCC General Council.  Total cost to participants is $50 application fee and $1250 + HST

Cedar Glen is a Conference Centre of theYMCA near Bolton Ontario.

Emmanuel College is located at the Museum subway stop on the east side of Queen’s Park Cres., just south of Bloor St.  Paid parking is available at Queen’s Park Cres. and  St. Joseph.

Completed application form,written reflection, references and application fee must be received by theapplication deadline, June 30, 2017.

Notice of acceptance into thecourse will be sent by July 14, 2017.  Confirmation of intent to participate,including arrangement for a supervision experience as well as payment oftuition must be received by July 27, 2017. 

Ministry of Supervision Pamphlet 2017

Ministry of Supervision Application 2017

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