It originated in the Episcopal church in the USA in the 1990s, where it has worked to build a culture in which the mutual ministry of the clergy and congregation starts off on the right foot, enabling their new relationship to begin with a 'Fresh Start'.
The early years in a new post are formational and, FreshStart seeks to help ministers:
address the issues inherent in any change or new ministry
develop their skills of leadership and congregational development
find support and encouragement from colleagues making similar transitions
build a shared sense of shared purpose and mission between clergy, lay leaders of congregations, the bishop and the bishop’s staff
engage proactively with situations before issues become problems
find opportunities to experience each other’s openness to God and deepen the ministry God has entrusted to them
FreshStart is a mandatory programme for all clergy (and other licensed ministers where appropriate) moving to a new position in the Diocese of Liverpool. It is also open to others, within certain criteria, who‘ve been in ministry over four years, willing to commit to the full programme.
FreshStart consists of seven sessions, a blend of half days, full days and a two day residential.
For more information about FreshStart please contact Steve Pierce, Director of Learning on either firstname.lastname@example.org or 0151 705 2120