Fresh Start

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FreshStart is a supportive programme for any stipendiary ministers, lay and ordained, who have recently moved to serve in a new congregation.

It originates in the Episcopal church in the USA where it has been tried and tested. The early years in a new post are formational and, FreshStart seeks to help ministers:
  • Address the issues inherent in any change/new ministry
  • Develop their skills of leadership & 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
  • To 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 4 years, willing to commit to the full programme.

FreshStart consists of seven sessions, a blend of half days, full days and a two day Foxhill residential and is normally based at the Sandymount House of Prayer in north Liverpool. .

For more information about FreshStart please contact Steve Pierce, Director of Learning on either steve.pierce@liverpool.anglican.org or 0151 705 2120