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

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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 considering the nature of a conversation seeking to discern God's will:

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Good listening often makes for good conversations, but what models do we use when we seek to discern God's will or "yearnng", together? Do we rely on the rules of debate, or other principles from the business world, or do we look to the Bible, prayerful listening and the discernment practices used over the centuries to guide us? In the third in this series on healthy conversations, Viv shares a framework developed by Danny Morris and Charles Olsen in their book Discerning God’s Will Together: a spiritual practice for the church.

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