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.
Rev Viv has recently written two new Spiritual Practice resources about Discernment - one for individuals and one for for communities. Apologies that at present they are only in booklet form for printing; we are currently researching the best platform for online reading since Issuu has changed its price structure.
In Autumn 2021 Rev Viv gave a seminar for ministers about Discernment as a Spiritual Practice. She has posted the presentation as a set of three blogs (so far!) and also put together two new Spiritual Practice booklets. Discernment is about discovering God's Will or 'Yearning' for us, with a view to participating in the mission of the Kingdom. Spiritual resources such as Bible, prayer, silence and community can open up effective ways of practising discipleship in everyday life. Rev Viv reminds us of GK Chesterton's notion that God's Way is more like a playground than a straight road from which we must not deviate.