Fresh Start

Fresh Start is a two-year program for clergy which seeks to strengthen the relationships among clergy, congregations and the Diocese during times of transition.

The curriculum covers essential topics such as church and clergy finance, conflict transformation, change management, time management, and self-care. In addition to the topical presentations by knowledgeable speakers, Fresh Start seeks to draw on the “wisdom in the room” by creating space for clergy to share resources, stories, and to seek advice.

2017-2018 Program Year

  • October 15-16, 2017 -- Opening Retreat, Shrine Mont* (register)
  • November 16, 2017 -- Trinity, Fredericksburg
  • January 11, 2018 -- Trinity, Fredericksburg
  • February 8, 2018 -- Trinity, Fredericksburg
  • March 15, 2018 -- Trinity, Fredericksburg
  • May 7, 2018 -- Shrine Mont
  • May 22, 2018 -- New Clergy Orientation**; Mayo House, Richmond (register)

*The October retreat and the May meeting immediately precede the Fall Clergy Retreat and Spring Conference, respectively. 
**For clergy who have not previously attended a New Clergy Orientation. 

2017-2018 Curriculum

  • September 19, 2017 -- New Clergy Orientation**; Mayo House, Richmond (register)
  • October 15-16, 2017 -- Opening Retreat, Shrine Mont* (register)
  • November 16, 2017 -- Trinity, Fredericksburg
    • Communications, Best Practices for websites, newsletters, social, e-formation resources. Speakers: Nancy Chafin, director of communications; Erin Kamran, communications associate
    • Communications, Leading Change: How do you convince your parish that your communications strategy needs revamping and shift to a smart, unified and sustainable strategy? Speaker: Hilary Smith, rector, Holy Comforter, Richmond
  • January 11, 2018 -- Trinity, Fredericksburg
    • Sustainable Ministry Structures: Right-sizing ministry programs for the sake of the Gospel (and hopefully for you and your church’s sanity, too). Speaker: Mary Beth Abplanalp, director of youth & young adult ministry, St. James's, Richmond
  • February 8, 2018 -- Trinity, Fredericksburg
    • "The Care and Feeding of Vestries in Divided Times." Speaker: Bp. Susan Goff
  • March 15, 2018 -- Trinity, Fredericksburg
    • Authority & Canonical Responsibilities (rectors):  Speaker: Pat Wingo, canon to the ordinary
    • Rule of Life/Prioritization (associates & assistants): How to prioritize your day, week, year. How to organize stakeholders and get other peoples' buy-off on saying "no." Speaker: TBD.
  • May 7, 2018 -- Shrine Mont
    • Asset Based Community Development: How to build a group in the parish that can set direction. How To find people and their gifts. How to see where your parish's energy, gifts and the community's needs converge. Speaker: TBD

*The October retreat and the May meeting immediately precede the Fall Clergy Retreat and Spring Conference, respectively. 
**For clergy who have not previously attended a New Clergy Orientation. 

Fresh Start's Facilitators