Diploma Of Pastoral Supervision

The Diploma of Christian Ministry and Theology continues, extends, and develops the students’ ministry skills gained from Certificate IV or advanced standing
Diploma of Pastoral Supervision
Diploma of Christian Ministry and Theology Emphasis Pastoral Supervision


Supervision means to “see beyond”.   Supervision is where you can talk about your work and through that process, see beyond the obvious and known aspects of your ministry to gain insight, discover new approaches, make adjustments, and gain encouragement.


Dr Michael Paterson views the story of Jesus’ interaction with the disciples on the road to Emmaus in Luke 24:13-35 as the best example in the bible of the role and work of supervision.


After Jesus spends time with the disciples ‘their hearts are warmed and their eyes are opened’, they have gained fresh insight. They are then able to go back to where they had come from with renewed passion and energy for the ministry to which they were called, to share the gospel of their living Saviour Jesus.

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What is Pastoral Supervision?


We could define pastoral supervision as ‘a relationship between two or more disciples of Christ who meet and consider the ministry of one or more of them in a considered and deliberate fashion.’ This sort of relationship allows for each person being supervised to discuss their work, explore their responses, and review whilst developing further resources, skills, and strategies.


Supervision, by definition, is a reflective, supporting relationship.  One of the most helpful ways to view supervision is that of a pro-athlete and a personal trainer. The athlete is a professional in their field; gifted, skilled, and working to better themselves. The personal trainer may also be a skilled athlete, but their specialty is actually focused on increasing the development and effectiveness of others. The pro-athlete comes to the trainer to reflect on their abilities, skills, health, and for development. The athlete’s accomplishments are their own, and what they get from the trainer is commensurate with what they want out of the relationship.


Who Is Pastoral Supervision For?


As a general guide, the Diploma of Christian Ministry and Theology emphasis on Pastoral Supervision is required for anyone involved in Pastoral Ministry.


The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse concluded that all people in religious or pastoral ministry, including leader pastors, ministry directors, and lay elders engage in professional supervision with a qualified supervisor with some degree of separation from the institution within which they minister.


Recommendation 16.45  Consistent with Child Safe Standard 5, each religious institution should ensure that all people in religious or pastoral ministry, including religious leaders, have professional supervision with a trained professional or pastoral supervisor who has a degree of independence from the institution within which the person is in ministry.


Note Child Safe Standard 5 reads… “People working with children are suitable and supported.”


Beyond their recommendation, professional supervision has been a part of many professions, including nearly all the ‘caring’ professions for nearly fifty years. It is a helpful, functional, developed form of support. This kind of support is often lacking or not fully functional within Church or para-church ministry environments.


Each ministry worker, from the kid’s ministry director to the lead pastor should engage in supervision as often as they can.


Many religious denominations and groups are making it mandatory in some form or another for their ministry personnel due to the foreseen value and utility. This means that all pastors should be answerable to a qualified supervisor regardless of their role.


Where will we find Pastoral Supervisors?


Who better to be a pastoral supervisor than those pastors who come from the coalface of ministry?  Who can better understand the trials and issues faced by pastors than an experienced man or woman of God?  To this end, Vision Colleges has introduced a new qualification the Diploma of Christian Ministry and Theology emphasis on Pastoral Supervision.


We need to turn to each other locally, within and without our denominations.   As pastors we can reach out to each other, but only if we are qualified.


If we do not embrace this need then sooner or later it will be mandated upon us, it is already in process.


The solution is for as many pastors, active or retired, to be willing to care for our fellow workers in Christ and undertake the necessary qualifications to stand and share and care for each other.


Diploma of Pastoral Supervision Overview


The course can be completed in one year as a distance education study program; the time frame is a guide only depending on the student’s capacity and the circumstances for study.


The course includes a broad range of challenging, faith-building, and biblically-based studies relevant to personal, pastoral, church, and community life. Students will learn to apply biblical principles to their daily lives and explain and share those Christian truths with others.  While certain Theology subjects have been nominated, students may select substitute subjects and tailor the program to suit their ministry needs.


The diploma is a prerequisite for the  “Advanced Diploma of Christian Ministry and Theology.”




Certificate IV in Christian Ministry and Theology or similar Bible college qualification or a minimum of five years of verifiable ministry experience recognized by the denomination.


We have two options for pastors.


Pastoral Supervision Option 1.


Pastors with several years of experience in ministry can complete the four Mandatory Elective units and receive an academic transcript for the subjects.


This option will satisfy the requirements for the Pastoral Supervisor.  It is the best option for those who hold a Diploma or above in ministry or Theology.


There is an option to upgrade to a full Diploma by Academic transfer if the student holds a diploma or above.


Pastoral Supervision Option 2.


New and less experienced pastors should complete the full Diploma Course, which includes the four Mandatory Electives and six theology subjects.  This will attract a full Diploma of Christian Ministry and Theology emphasis on Pastoral Supervision.


There is an option for academic transfer for those who have appropriate Bible College qualifications.



Work placements


Students should be in a pastoral role in a local church or similar situation.  The student will be required to document their work experience for each unit to provide evidence of competencies.


Course details are further on this page.


Enrolment PageInformation Pack

And truly He gave some to be apostles, and some to be prophets, and some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ. 

Ephesians 4:11-12 NKJV

Diploma of Pastoral Supervision More Details

Diploma Of Pastoral Supervision


The Diploma of Christian Ministry and Theology – 10743NAT Emphasis Pastoral Supervision develops a sound understanding and depth of knowledge required to exercise the role of a Pastoral Supervisor.

It requires significant research in the word of God and issues pertinent to pastoral supervision and strengthens the Christian life and ability to serve the Lord Jesus Christ.

The subjects are appropriate for someone involved in ministry at a senior level, such as the pastor or one seeking to be qualified for a pastoral ministry.

It is suited to those who are expected to work unsupervised in a decision-making capacity while being responsible to a senior minister and also responsible for other ministers.  They may be involved in ministry or Christian work and service at an Assistant Pastor to Pastoral ministry level. It is also suited for those who;

6 Types of Students Who Might Benefit From The Diploma


Assistant Or Lay Pastors

Engaged in church or Christian work and service as an Assistant Pastor to a Senior Pastoral involved in Supervision of other ministers.



Are seeking formal accredited qualifications to serve in a pastoral role.


Personal Growth In Christ

Those seeking to develop their personal skills and knowledge in Christ and the church


Elders Serving The Church

Senior Christians, elders or pastor who are called on to formally supervise and mentor pastors and others in ministry.


Retired Pastors

Who share their skills in a formal mentoring or supervisory capacity with other minisers


Advanced Diploma

Are preparing for an Advanced Diploma and above.

The Word

Diploma of Pastoral Supervisor Subjects

The Theology subjects for the Diploma of Christian Ministry and Theology – 10743NAT continues to develop a sound understanding and depth of knowledge. They require more significant levels of research in the word of God to strengthen their Christian life and ability to serve the Lord Jesus Christ.


The mandatory provide the the formal qualifications for those in a supervisory role such as a pastor or senior minister.  Combined with the theology subjects meet the requirements for the Diploma of Christian Ministry and Theology with  emphasis on Pastoral Supervision


The student will complete the following units

6 Units of Biblical Theology, identified as “CMT” units.  See details below.

4 Elective Supervisor Skills units as required.  See details below.


The recommended Theology subjects for this course are listed below as “Biblical Theology Subjects” In keeping with our policy of allowing students to tailor the course to suit their training needs,  links to the Study streams is available in the footer of the page.   Students can use the recommended list or request a substitute from the link below.


“Pastoral Supervisor Units”  are mandatory and no substitution is permitted.

Diploma: Biblical Theology Subjects

The recommended subjects for this course are listed below as “Biblical Theology Subjects” and “Elective Practical Theology Skills”.


In keeping with our policy of allowing students to tailor the course to suit their training needs, we are providing a link to the full list of subject options available.


Students can use the recommended list or request a substitute from the link below.


Note: Students may be required to purchase additional  study material to complete the subjects.

On Belay (Intro to counselling)

Crisis Counselling

Marriage and Family Life

Shades of Grey - Ethics in Leadership

Dazzling Secrets for Despondent Saints

Journey Into Wholeness

Mandatory Pastoral Supervisor Units

The elective units are completed through our “Online Training Portal” where the student has access to a comprehensive and interactive learning and training experience.   The assignments both teach and assess competency in the units. 

Access with detailed instructions is provided to students as they enter each unit.  Go to the Student User Guide to preview the Vision International Colleges Training Portal.


It is helpful, but not required, for a student to be involved in a local church or community-based program under competent leadership and to document their work experience for each unit. This documentation will assist in establishing competencies.



Provide pastoral and spiritual care

Work with people with mental health issues

Provide case management supervision

Work within a clinical supervision framework

Vision International College Standing

Vision International College is an independent Bible college. Many Christian churches and denominations highly value our awards for ministry training purposes.


However, Vision International College cannot offer or guarantee any posting to any church or missions organisation due to the diverse requirements of differing denominations. While our awards are highly respected, applications and inquiries to such bodies must be made in person by the student/graduate.


Upon completing this award, learners should have acquired the necessary knowledge, attitudes, and skills to serve effectively as Christian workers, religious instructors in churches, parishes, para-church organisations, missionary organisations, and religious education.