"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

In April 2020 Rev Viv has been writing devotional messages for her home church during the Lockdown in New Zealand. The Covid Level Four Alert has required schools to close, many businesses to shut down, and everyone to stay at home. The task of writing daily devotions evolved for Rev Viv - who is a trained counsellor - into an examination of the emotional dynamics of Holy Week. On the Monday, she wrote about Anger in a study of Jesus clearing the moneychangers from the Temple.

anger iceberg

All the gospels record such an event. Yet it’s a discomfiting story to read, at odds with the kind and gentle Messiah who rode a donkey and taught about loving our enemies. Preachers usually distinguish between Jesus’ righteous indignation on behalf of others, and the human experience of ‘losing it’ and becoming enraged.

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