"A God-shaped life is a flourishing tree" Proverbs 11:28

viv coleman

Vivian Coleman is a follower of Jesus, and an ordained Presbyterian minister; between 2009 and 2015 she was seconded to a pastoral role at a Baptist church in Auckland. She recently completed a Master of Business at AUT where her thesis topic was Performance Management of Clergy in NZ Presbyterian and Baptist churches. She is now self-employed as a ministry coach, an all-encompassing term that covers leading services and supervising pastors, resourcing discipleship training and writing about management in the church. She is married to Ric, an Auckland GP, and they have four children and seven grandchildren.

The notion of a 'godshaped' life comes from Eugene Peterson's Message translation of Proverbs 11:28 and references a life both shaped by God and reflecting God's character, best seen in the person of Jesus Christ.

Themes in this website:


Collaborating with Jesus so we develop authentic godshaped lives

Pastor Support

Insights and resources that nurture the soul and sustain the call

Mentor Training

Modules for equipping commited people to help others to grow


Downloadable articles for churches and individuals to use

Viv's Blog

Viv's blog is intended to journal her own faith journey and that of others in her community.

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Featured Post

Rev Viv has been reading a book about seven missional practices, and posting her thoughts and reflections. The second in this series was poignant, as it was published today, one week after the shooting atrocity in a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand. 


This ministry of reconciliation, says Paul in 2 Corinthians 5: 20, is so central to the gospel that he calls us “ambassadors of reconciliation” And like the first practice of Lords Table, this is something Jesus told his followers, then and now, to practise. Not just as a doctrine, or a forensic status, but as an interpersonal practice grounded in grace. In this massacre where 50 died,  we have seen amazing acts of compassion, and outpourings of love, gifts of money, food, flowers, vehicles and expertise, from people of every faith and none. We have been reminded that God is at work in the world he loves and it is not only Christians who are peacemakers blessed by God.

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