Bishop Stephen Pickard moving, The Rev’d Dr Richard Trist seconding,

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