Training & Vocational Development

CMN conducts professional supervision and professional development programs for ministry practitioners, lay training for faith and vocational development, and programs to address injustice, suffering and division at work.

Professional Supervision

CMN’s unique contribution in professional supervision is to support those seeking to integrate their professional knowledge with faith’s wisdom. John Bottomley offers one-hour supervision sessions for Melbourne employees working in professional occupations, congregations and church agencies.

Occupational Health and Safety

Bette Phillips will visit companies, tertiary education institutions and organisations to give a presentation on the impacts of work-related death and the need for renewed commitment to making workplaces safer.

Grief Support WorkshopsWorkshop art image with hands

Workshops are organised for family members who are bereaved by a work-related death. Workshops are available for workers, carers and family members who are supporting and assisting bereaved people.  Here is one example using the documentary Prophet and Loss, which can be used with congregations.

Spiritual Companioning with Working People

An innovative program called “Spiritual Companioning for Working People” has been developed to care for the spirits of working people.  The program is led by Richard Arnold.

The demands of work, together with other issues of life, can often strain the spirit of working people. Sometimes people struggle to find meaning in their work or they become distracted from their values and true calling whilst at work. Spiritual Companioning recognizes that all people live out of a spiritual reality as they develop relationships with the mystery of life and the realities encountered on life’s journey.

 Spiritual companioningSpiritual Companioning involves one person, a “guide”, journeying with another, a “traveler”, in an intentional relationship as companions. The word “companion” comes from the Latin “sharing bread”, so as companions there is sharing in the “stuff of life”. Therefore spiritual companioning has a whole- of-life approach in which all matters of life can be shared: for example family issues, crises of faith, the search for meaning and vocation, and work issues.