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Queen's University

Criteria for Selecting Supervisors

Approved by the Committee on Theological Studies, 1992, Revised 1999. Reviewed periodically.

  • Display pastoral sensitivity, spiritual wisdom, ethical character
  • Possess good listening and feedback skills
  • Willing to share personal experiences in ministry
  • Demonstrate a commitment to their own learning as a life-long process
  • Committed to intentionality in learning and have facility in using experiential learning as a resource for reflection
  • Ability to free the student to develop his/her own leadership identity
  • Possess the ability and legitimate authority to manage the systems, structures, staff and tasks of the setting as a context for supervised ministry
  • Will ensure opportunities for "actual ministry" (versus "shadowing")
  • Employed or actively engaged in leadership for at least one year in their current context and have familiarity with the social context of the setting
  • Actively engaged in ministry or service for at least three years
  • Have the formal support of the placement setting and can provide acknowledgment in writing that the people and staff of the setting understand the responsibilities of the supervisor and setting
  • Ability to serve as a model for leadership in the church and world, not necessarily as one for the student to copy but to use as a point of departure for developing leadership identity and skills
  • Willingness to participate in the student's need to reflect theologically on their placement experiences and have an empathetic resonance with the Christian faith tradition and the ministry of the church
  • Posture of openness and active engagement with difference (gender, race, sexual orientation, age, ability, etc.)
  • Willingness to uphold the principles, educational assumptions, ethical responsibilities and evaluative requirements of supervised ministry courses
  • Awareness of and sensitivity to the power imbalance in a student-supervisor relationship
  • Prepared to participate in opportunities offered by the college for supervisory orientation, support and development
  • Prior training in supervision* and recognizable experience as a supervisor is preferred

*Note: The UCC training in supervision or a demonstrably equivalent training course in educational supervision (i.e., CAPPE, Boston or Milwaukee Institutes in Supervised Ministry, Anglican Diocese of Ontario Supervision Training Course, Clinical supervision or M.Ed. Supervision Education) is preferred but not required.


Kingston, Ontario, Canada. K7L 3N6. 613.533.2000