Effect of Power and Presence in the Pastoral Supervisory Relationship

Thought-provoking reading by Rev Bill Mullally, President of the Methodist Church in Ireland: 'The Effect of Power and Presence in the Pastoral Supervisory Relationship

'Bill Mullally’s excellent reflections ... draw our attention to the various boundaries which must be navigated for pastoral supervision in the Church to be effective. As he puts it, ‘Whenever one is in the presence of another, power dynamics exist, and establishing and upholding mutually respectful boundaries is core to creating meaningful presence’ (p. 22). Mullally’s reflections help to emphasise the importance of the supervisory covenant, which happily forms part of the new supervision practices currently being implemented throughout the Methodist Church in Great Britain.'

Andrew Stobart - Commissioning Editor, Holiness Magazine