Welcoming strangers into our communities has been an important part of our faith and is reflected in the law of Moses and in many stories in both the Old and New Testaments. Our baptismal covenant also emphasizes the importance of welcoming newcomers into our congregations. Newcomers bring new gifts, new challenges, new perspectives and new opportunities. But welcoming new people (clergy and lay) into a congregation is not always easy, we do not know them and they almost always bring changes with them.
The bishop is offering FRESH START because it has proven to be a highly effective way to help both clergy and congregations adjust to each other and deepen their relationship as they move forward into a new ministry together.
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