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.
At Easter 2022 Rev Viv preached at short notice to a small Auckland Presbyterian congregation. The message - based on Mark's Easter material - was well received even by visitors. She chose Mark as her home group had enjoyed working through that gospel in Term One. Viv decided the sermon was suitable for a blog series and divided it into five parts. Each uses the overall metaphor of "picking out the tunes" from the Easter fugue. If you don't undertand that illustration, take a peek at Number 1!