Ministry of Supervision Course 2014-15

 Ministry of Supervision

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

Who might be interested in applying? Those who:

· are interested in supervising an internship, field education student or designated lay minister

· wish to complement their SPE experiences by specialized study of the theory and practice of supervision

· seek a professional development experience in an action-reflection model

· feel called to a ministry of supervision with others

· have already experienced a validation of this call by others

· have substantial experience in pastoral/institutional ministry

· offer significant life experience and maturity

· desire an experiential learning process

· believe that experience leads to learning

· are willing to give and receive direct, honest feedback

· are committed to learning

· commit to shared leadership

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

· believe that theological reflection is essential to learning and ministry

· are committed to an action-reflection model of learning

· wish to utilize self insight and peer input


 Supervision Application Form

The application must be downloaded and completed with signatures etc and mailed to us.  You can enclose a cheque or if you prefer to pay by credit card, you can pay the application fee here. Once accepted, if you wish to pay the remainder by credit card, you can do so here.

Supervision of Ministry Brochure 

 Section 1: Five-day course, October 20-24, 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.

Section 3: One week course, February 17-20, 2015 9:00-5:30 with a session on Wednesday evening and some evening homework

Total Cost is $1250.00 for the whole program. The program receives a $300 subsidy per participant from the UCC General Council. Total cost to participants is $50. Application fee and $900 + HST (117.00). This includes lunch and breaks.

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.


October 20-24, 2014 and February 17-20, 2015

Application Deadline: July 21, 2014

(Limited Enrolment)

Completed application form, written reflection, references and application fee must be received by the application deadline.

Notice of acceptance into the course will be sent by August 14, 2014. Confirmation of intent to participate, including arrangement for a supervision experience as well as payment of tuition must be received by September 29, 2014

Program Cost $1250

Application Fee $50

UCC General Council grant $300

Remaining Participant Cost $900 + HST

Ministry of Supervision Course Application available online at, or from:

Betsy Anderson,

Coordinator of Continuing Education

Emmanuel College

75 Queen’s Park Crescent

Toronto, Ontario M5S 1K7

Phone: 416-585-4539

Fax: 416-585-4516

Continuing Education