Fresh Start

Assisting Clergy and Congregations with Transitions

Fresh Start is a diocesan-led program to support clergy in new positions.  Recently ordained clergy and clergy in new positions participate in quarterly meetings aimed at offering support during the beginning of new ministries, exploring effective leadership practices, building relationships and sharing resources. Fresh Start is planned and led by Andrea Mysen, Associate for Ministries, and by several mentors and small group leaders throughout the diocese.

The program is designed to:

  • Offer guidance and support during transition to a new ministry
  • Help build relationships among clergy and congregations in the diocese
  • Strengthen the collaboration between clergy and their congregational lay leaders
  • Provide one-on-one mentors for participants

Fresh Start's content is based on three key principles:

  • The theory of transition
  • The importance of relationship building
  • The need for self-care

Highlights of Fresh Start:

  • Participants become a part of the fruitful exchange of ideas among clergy in the diocese
  • A wealth of resources for congregational development are introduced and made available
  • Participants experience an increased capacity to minister to one another and to their congregations
  • Lasting relationships among clergy in the diocese are created

Upcoming Meetings

Fresh Start meets quarterly at St. James Commons. Fresh Start participants are also given the option of meeting with a small group made up of their peers and led by a member of the clergy experienced in the specific field of ministry for each small group (for example, assisting clergy, first time rectors, experienced rectors in a new call, clergy in non-parochial calls, etc.). Small groups meet at the discretion of the small group leader. 

September 13, 2018, 9:30am-3:00pm at St. James Commons

November 8, 2018, 9:30am-3:00pm at St. James Commons

January 31, 2019, 9:30am-3:00pm at St. James Commons

May 2, 2019, 9:30am-3:00pm at St. James Commons


Who to contact

For more information on Fresh Start, please contact Louisa McKellaston, Assistant for the Ministries Team, or Victor Conrado, Associate for Ministries.