CAIRA New Zealand is an organisation formed to provide high quality pastoral and clinical supervision for those working in ministry in New Zealand Churches and affiliated agencies and organisations.
A CAIRA-trained supervisor will offer supervision that is pastoral and clinical, to supervisees exercising ministry. CAIRA supervision is koha-based.
CAIRA is an acronym for five lenses that form the foci of supervision.
Supervisors and supervisees are always part of a larger network of support, mutual learning and encouragement. Supervision is never practised in isolation. Both supervisor and supervisee will share in their learning process, though the learning of each may be different.
Supervisors and supervisees will employ their intellect and spirituality, their formation and learning in their service of the Gospel. Supervision is a collegial rather than a hierarchical ministry. This authority comes from within the agreement made with the supervisee.
Supervisors and supervisees will form, develop and employ their identity as fully integrated servants of the Gospel as they manage the prescriptive, informative, confrontative, cathartic, catalytic and facilitative tasks of supervision within the agreed framework of learning goals.
Supervisors and supervisees are responsible to each other, to their peers, to those they minister to, to the denomination, agency, or organisation in which they work and to the wider Church.
In the same way, supervisors and supervisees are accountable to each other, to their peers, to those they minister to, to the denomination, agency, or organisation in which they work and to the wider Church.