Pastoral Supervision

Clergy are invited to take part in Group Pastoral Supervision that provides peer-to-peer support

As part of the Diocese of Manchester’s commitment to clergy wellbeing, a new programme of Group Pastoral Supervision is being made available from September 2022. Clergy are invited to sign up for small group sessions led by a trained leader that will provide a confidential space where they can share their day-to-day challenges and experiences amongst a group of supportive peers. 

Group Pastoral Supervision enables clergy to reflect on past work experiences in the present for the sake of the future. It has helped individuals to better understand how their own character shapes their ministry, and has led to improved wellbeing and effectiveness.

Manchester Diocese has invested in the development of six of its clergy who have been trained over the past year to enable them to provide pastoral supervision to groups of clergy. We are now inviting clergy to take part in the Group Pastoral Supervision sessions that will be held every 4-6 weeks at venues across the diocese.

You can meet the six clergy who have been trained to lead the group sessions by watching our short video. Each supervisor has also written a short biography that you can access from the table below. You are invited to register for a group by submitting a self-referral form to the supervisor of your choice. The process for taking part in pastoral supervision is outlined in the diagram below.

Pastoral supervision process

Bishop David hopes that clergy will feel this is something they want to take advantage of. He says: “For me this is a very important part of how we care for the wellbeing of our clergy and is part of our commitment to see that we can flourish and thrive in ministry. It’s important that we have places where we can take some of those difficult conversations that we’ve had and unload, share and gain from the wisdom of each other. I really do believe in peer-to-peer learning and peer-to-peer support. It’s a great way, not only to help each other, but also to develop and hone our own skills as well.” 

Liz Crumlish, Associate of the Institute of Pastoral Supervision and Reflective Practice (IPSRP), says “Supervision is a facilitated, intentional and sustained conversation between a person’s Soul, Role and Context, in which attention is paid to the worker, the work and those impacted by the work.”

Pastoral Supervisors and the Group Sessions 

Area 

Supervisor 

Venue 

Day and time  

Book here 

Bolton 

 


Simon Watkinson 

 
 


Emmanuel Church Centre 
Vicarage Street 
Bolton-le-Moors 
Bolton BL3 5LE 
 

Thursdays at 10:30am starting 6 Oct 

Download Simon’s biography 
 
 

Request to join the group with Simon Watkinson 

https://forms.gle/NDiuhXXB8JgaMKVGA 

Bury

Julian 
Heaton 

Bury Parish Church 
Church House
The Wylde
Bury BL9 0LA 

Wednesdays at 1.00pm starting 12 Oct 

Download Julian’s biography 
 
 

Request to join the group with Julian Heaton 

https://forms.gle/nYiPgMgFBniE2MKn8 

Rochdale 

Janet 
Pitman 

Nelson Street Church
Nelson Street
Rochdale OL16 1NL

Mondays at 10.00am starting 17 Oct 

Download Janet’s biography 
 
 

Request to join the group with Janet Pitman 

https://forms.gle/nxQZdPYqWvacWQ9h8 

Oldham 

Denise 
Owen

St Thomas 
Glebe Lane, Moorside, 
Oldham OL1 4SJ 

 

Tuesdays at 1.30pm starting 11 Oct

 

Download Denise’s biography 

 
Request to join the group with Denise Owen 

https://forms.gle/4vjgk8PvV1Yyc2vMA 

Ashton 

Hilary 
Edgerton 

St James 
Union Street, 
Ashton-under-Lyne 
OL6 9NQ 

Mondays at 2:15pm starting 10 Oct 

Download Hilary's biography

Request to join the group with Hilary Edgerton 

https://forms.gle/T6iQxajhcZQLwrzV9 

Trafford 

Shaun 
Conlon 

Christ Church Hall
Lostock Road 
Davyhulme 
M41 0TD 

Thursdays at 2.00pm starting on 20 Oct

Download Shaun’s biography 

 
Request to join the group with Shaun Conlon 

https://forms.gle/wymyPXUmomcxhCVG8 

A note from your Pastoral Supervisors

We meet in a stable group setting of our clergy peers. Some will listen, some will contribute, yet all will help and learn, in a safe and supportive environment of confidentiality. We do this by reflecting on our own personal, sometimes difficult experiences, whilst helping others to do the same, in ways, when alone, we can often fail to find the time in the course of a busy working week.
 
We use our words and create space to listen, but also perhaps incorporate other creative means to help us all think differently.

We, the Supervisors are all fellow clergy from here in Manchester, who have been trained in this form of supervision over the last year and still engage with our own supervision on a group and 1:1 basis. We are not here to act as experts with answers, but as facilitators of the group who can help guide you to determine those next steps, when the way ahead seems uncertain.

Manchester Diocese is taking steps to establish a culture where a pattern of pastoral supervision becomes accepted practice for our clergy. The programme of work has been developed in line with the Covenant for Clergy Care and Wellbeing which was agreed by General Synod in 2019 and follows a debate at Diocesan Synod in June 2021.

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