United Fresh Start

A Pastoral Relationship Programme of The United Church of Canada


A Programme to Support the Relationship between Ministry Personnel and Communities of Faith

United Fresh Start is a curriculum with 24 modules that teach ministers and congregational leaders critical strategies for working effectively together. The programme can help create a fresh start for the pastoral relationship and prepare you for effective mission and ministry together. 

What is United Fresh Start?

United Fresh Start is an educational programme for ministry personnel and lay leaders serving congregations that are in transition. It offers the best insights and strategies developed over the last 25 years.

What are the Modules?

There are 24 separate modules comprising the United Fresh Start Programme. The models focus on transition, leadership, organizational development, conflict management and other key topics.

How do we get started?

To get started you can reach out to your Regional Council Pastoral Relations Minister or select Learn More below to contact the General Council office staff for more information.


Updates on the United Fresh Start Programme

United Fresh Start during pandemic times

United Fresh Start during pandemic times

With the suspension of in-person gatherings across Canada in March 2020, most United Fresh Start facilitators paused their program leadership. However, in the winter of 2021, some regional councils began to think creatively about how this program to support healthy pastoral relationships could be re-imagined in a virtual way.

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Introducing eModules

Introducing eModules

As you navigate through the revised United Fresh Start website, you will notice the introduction of one pilot eModule. We are testing out whether eModules can be an appropriate way for community of faith leaders to engage with the United Fresh Start material.

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