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Staff annual reviews

It is recommended that every church engage in healthy, positive, ongoing review of its collective life and ministry.

Such review will necessarily include the manner in which the pastor is exercising his or her ministry and leadership. The basic purpose of ministry reviews is ministry development and enhancement. The review process is intended to result in pastor and people being strengthened, encouraged and better equipped to carry out the tasks the Lord has called them to.

A good review process will result in:

  1. Affirmation of key gifts and of ministry done well
  2. Identification of areas of ministry that are weak or need to be developed, redirected or discontinued
  3. Development of the pastor’s gifts and ministries for the year, or years, ahead.
  4. Commitment on the part of the pastor to continue to minister with the results of the review in mind, and on the part of the church, provide the support and resources necessary for the ministry of the pastor to be enhanced.

The resources below are currently undergoing review and will be updated over 2022.

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    Church management

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    Retirement

    Deciding when to retire, ensuring financial stability and preparing for the years ahead can be a daunting task.

    The resources below give insight into some of these issues.


      Supervision and mentoring

      Looking for a supervisor/spiritual director/mentor/coach?

      The Carey Centre for Lifelong Learning (CCLL) provides a Supervision Directory as a free information resource for both Supervisees and Supervisors.

      We do not officially endorse listed supervisors, and cannot guarantee the accuracy of individual listings. We advise you to contact the supervisors directly, to confirm and clarify their details.

      If you would like to be added to our Supervision Directory, please email CCLL to request an application form

      Supervision Directory

      Transitioning roles and leaving ministry well

      Leaving a role or moving to a new one is never a simple process.

      In the booklet below Kim Peters, Regional Leader for Canterbury/Westland, gives helpful advice for pastors as they leave their church. The other resources, some from the Baptist Union of Victoria, give insight into discerning next steps and transitioning well.

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        Being intergenerational

        An intergenerational church is one where all ages are working together towards a common goal – sharing and growing in their faith.

        When we create space for children and youth to belong and identify, we enable them to feel welcomed, loved and accepted into the wider church family. Building relationships with children and youth is the responisbility of all members of the church. 

        We love this definition of what the term intergenerational means:

        “A gathered group of multiple generations in meaningful relationships with one another where all have the opportunity to teach and to learn from others.” 
        Christina Embree

        If you are new to all things intergenerational here is a great video, a short booklet and a few book recommendations and resources that give great insight into what this could look like in your context and why it is important for the faith nurture of all generations.

        Helpful Resources

        Booklets and PDFs

          Books

          InterGenerate is a collection of chapters from a wide range of authors, covering topics such as:

          • ​From Multigenerational to Intergenerational
          • Intergenerational Communities and a Theology of Accommodation

          Catterton Allen, H. (Eds) InterGenerate, Abilene Christian University Press, Libscomb, USA.

          Intergenerational Christian Formation is the ‘go to’ book of all things intergen. It’s an easy and enjoyable read, and lays the foundation for why the church should seek to bring the generations together for worship, service and life.

          Catterton Allen, H. and Lawton, Ross C. Intergenerational Christian Formation: Bringing the Whole Church Together in Ministry, Community and Worship, Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2012.

          Both books can be borrowed from the Leadership Co-ordination Director


          Starting ministry well

          If you are new to ministry the resources below will help you start well.

          Please ensure that one of the first things you do is make contact with your Regional Leader.

          They will be able to give you local knowledge and assistance. They also manage the cluster groups in your region, which are a great way to network with other pastors and leaders. Booklets containing information about each region and the relevant contact details are found below.

          If you can’t find what you are looking for the national office team are also here to help. Click here for contact details.

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