That in the light of the increasing challenges facing clergy and lay ministers, and the heightened demand for the accountability of church workers, the General Synod:
a) recommends that every Australian diocese takes seriously the benefits of professional supervision for its clergy and paid lay workers;
b) supports the development of pilot projects in supervision of clergy and lay ministers particularly in rural and regional areas; and
c) requests the Ministry Commission to undertake an audit of the extent and types of supervision already occurring across the Australian church, and develop national supervision guidelines; and
d) requests the Ministry Commission to consider the inclusion of Clergy Professional Supervision as an integral component of a continuing professional development framework for clergy.
7 September 2017