In response to requests from clergy and congregations for increased diocesan support during times of transition in clergy leadership, the Diocese of Rupert’s Land is pleased to offer Fresh Start: A Resource for Clergy and Congregations in Transition.
What is Fresh Start?
Fresh Start is a diocesan-led program for clergy beginning new incumbencies and their congregations. It seeks to strengthen the relationships among Anglican clergy, congregational lay leaders and dioceses during critical periods of transition in clergy leadership of the congregation.
This program is particularly timely as it comes to us when we are focusing on strengthening and deepening relationships between clergy, and between clergy and the bishop.
It also helps to “Model and seek better ways of building an interdependent diocesan Christian community in today’s world” and to “Equip and empower lay and clergy leaders to lead us faithfully and creatively in an ever-changing environment”. (Go to Mission Statements.)
Fresh Start is designed to build the context in which ministry is accomplished in the congregations of a diocese by:
- assisting with the transition issues inherent in any new ministry
- sharpening the skills of lay leaders and clergy for congregational development
- strengthening the collegial relationships among the clergy of a diocese; and
- deepening the trust and interconnection between and among the clergy, the lay leaders of congregations and the bishop/bishop’s staff
Who Is Fresh Start For?
Although Fresh Start is designed for clergy beginning new incumbencies and congregational leaders in those parishes, it is open to others. Transition times can occur in the midst of a long term pastorate, in which case this program could be appropriate and helpful.
Who do I call with any further questions?
The Rev. Paul Lampman 204-452-3609
The Rev. Mary Lysecki 204-253-0555
The Very Rev. Paul N. Johnson 204-586-8385
Fresh Start dates for 2013 – 1014
Clergy and Lay Leaders – all gatherings begin at 6 pm
Tuesday, December 3, 2013, at St. Mary la Prairie, Portage
advise numbers by November 26
Tuesday, February 4, 2014, at St. Aidan, Wpg,
advise numbers by January 28
Tuesday, April 1, 2014, at St. Andrew, Woodhaven
advise numbers by March 25
Clergy Only Sessions -
1:15 – 3:30
Anglican Centre, 935 Nesbitt Bay
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Wednesday, April 30, 2014