As a parish priest, training vicar and adviser in Christian ministry I commend this book to all clergy and parties interested in pastoral supervision. Whether for use as a personal handbook or for the purpose of wider engagement, Jane Leach and Michael Paterson provide a rich resource of material born from their own experiences in this field. It is also a very timely work considering the emerging trends toward the professional development of clergy and ministerial development reviews undertaken by the Church of England and other Christian denominations. The reader is informed that pastoral supervision is not pastoral counselling or spiritual direction. Supervision reinforces good practice, promotes well being and encourages positive reflection toward those more testing human encounters. This book does not shy away from critical engagements but enables the supervisee to work with the supervisor toward resolution where possible through disciplined reflection and acknowledged accountability. It is clearly laid out with eight separate chapter headings and provides helpful summaries for each section. This handbook will inform, encourage and enable all who take the time to study and reflect on the process of pastoral supervision.
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