Professional Pastoral Supervision
& Mentoring
JOHN COTTER

Helping
Christians in ministry
to be healthy,
growing and safe

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John’s Background

For the last 30 years my work has focused on providing Christian leaders with the personal and professional support they need to serve long and well. 

I have observed (and experienced) that in the long run, being highly trained, educated, competent, accomplished and committed will not compensate for a lack of personal support. I am convinced that because of the nature of leadership and our humanity, formalised support is essential to maintain vitality, growth, integrity, health and safety. As an isolated leader I am not receiving encouragement, I am limiting my growth and I am risking my future. Practically addressing this urgent need is what has energised and directed my work for three decades. 

Through many long-term relationships across Australia and Asia, I have been privileged to work with thousands of leaders navigating how to serve effectively, sustainably, joyfully and faithfully out of a close relationship with God in challenging contexts.

I am a member of the Australian Association Of Supervisors (AAOS) and the Australian Christian Mentoring Network (ACMN). I am also a Chaplaincy Australia Supervisor and recognised by NSW Sports Chaplaincy.

I have an MDiv (SMBC) and I’m fluent in Mandarin.

what others say

Caroline

Bible College Lecturer

John possesses humility/hospitality of person. It’s hard to find a word that describes it, but John makes space for those he counsels and gives them a voice that is not able to be heard elsewhere. He is perceptive and able to see how small stories fit into a meta-narrative. I like John’s lack of ‘shiny’ solutions. I feel I am taken seriously as a human within the human condition. John has helped me to see connections between what I had hoped for in my career / calling and what is actually happening. This ended up being very encouraging, though this was the very thing I had been discouraged about.

Gai Carmen

Financial Counselor

John listens and balances the conversation. Working with him has given me perspective and helped me reflect. Supervision is the key to stay in the game, burnout would be the results if supervision is NOT apart of the work strategies.

Glenn Coombs

Scripture Union Australia/International

John is a great listener, with a great heart for God and people. He is committed to seeing people flourish in life, work and relationships, therefore I would recommend John to anyone who is interested in gaining insight into who they are, how they relate, what are their gifts and blind-spots with someone who is professional, friendly and safe.

Marina Lytle

School Director
Kunming International Academy, China

John is an encourager who listens well and speaks needed truth with grace, so it is easy to accept. My staff and I have grown in many ways due to John’s work. Individuals who are struggling with discouragement, culture conflict, work environment tension, and negativity, would benefit from having John’s support. In addition, leaders who need to implement change or gain employee trust would also benefit from his support. Another area his support would be helpful for is team building. John helped with team building among my staff, he helped me to balance transparency while maintaining confidentiality, and to re-frame things so I don’t take them in a personal or defensive way.

Jesse Chen

Church Pastor
Sydney, NSW

通过John的辅导和帮助,我更清楚明白上帝在我生命中的旨意,对待事奉也更有热诚和喜乐,更懂得如何平衡服事和家庭的关系,自己与上帝的关系也更亲密.
John给我最深的印象就是他的柔和、谦卑和很强的同理心. 他能理解不同文化背景下的牧者和同工们在教会服事和家庭生活中遇到的不同困难, 纠结甚至是伤害,并用圣经的原则和爱的方式,加以鼓励和引导,从而把人再带回到上帝面前,最终满有信心并带着喜乐重新启航.

CONTACT
johncotter.mail@gmail.com