Reflective Practice Journal

Reflective Practice:  Formation and Supervision in Ministry is a journal that seeks to understand, expand, and promote theory, learning and reflection in the practice of supervision and formation in various ministries from pluralistic multi-faith perspectives. More…


The 2017 volume 37 of Reflective Practice: Formation and Supervision in Ministry is published and available.

This year’s theme, “A Soulful Perspective,” invites readers to revisit the metaphor of soul and soul care, and wonders what formation and supervision in ministry would be like if we took seriously this understanding of what we do. Featured in this issue are essays by Herbert Anderson, Luther Smith, Jr. and Barbara Thiede, among others. A special forum, called “The Soul of a Chaplain,” features short, personal reflections from chaplains and chaplain supervisors. A section called, “Continuing Conversations” includes four essays on chaplaincy education, adult education and the use of technology in supervision. As usual, this volume includes the annual Len Cedarleaf Award essay, the Presidential Address from ATFE and thirteen book reviews, and so much more.

Current and previous volumes of Reflective Practice are available free online at: A limited number of hard copies are also available for purchase.

Next Issue’s Theme: Formation, Supervision, and Leadership, Volume 38, 2018 

Many religious institutions, especially congregations are increasingly describing their vision of an ideal religious professional in terms of leadership. This trend is probably most acute in the West, but may be felt around the globe and across religious boundaries.  So does leadership, informed by organization and business management principles, offer a new model for theological education in the 21st century?   Should those who form, mentor, train, supervise and teach future religious professionals, understand their work as preparing leaders?    Does or how does leadership fit the spiritual care giving functions of ministry? How do spiritual care givers exercise leadership?  What does leadership look like, when it is shaped by clinical work? What does leadership look like in various cultural, religious and organizational contexts? Are there pilot programs or models of supervision that take seriously this emerging paradigm for ministry? We look forward to a rich and thoughtful array of essays that address these questions, but as always, we invite essays outside of the stated theme as well.

If you are interested in writing for Reflective Practice, contact Editor Scott Sullender, Professor of Pastoral Counseling at San Francisco Theological Seminary,, and read submission guidelines.