Fresh Start Initiative United Brethren

The Fresh Start Initiative is the church planting focus of the United Brethren Church.

Since the beginning of the United Brethren in Christ, we have been a pioneering movement that focused on unity and our ability to work together over differences that divided many Christians. We have a long history of starting new churches in new places to connect new people to Jesus but for the last few decades that work has slowed. We sense the time is right to rekindle that pioneering spirit and therefore we have started the Fresh Start Initiative.

As a denomination we are “family” first, we care about the heart of the planter, we support new churches and we have freedom of expression in each local church.

We are looking for potential planters to start these new churches and we would love the opportunity to get to know each other to see what God might have in store!

Organization Type: Denomination


United States


Urban, Suburban, Rural, and Other (e.g. Online)

Characteristics of Partner Churches

Theological Traditions


Stance on Women in Ministry


Stance on Sexual Ethics


Planting Models

Traditional Launch, Multisite, House Church, Micro Church, and Missional / Incarnational

Worship Styles

Liturgical and Contemporary

Support Offered

  • Assessment
  • Coaching and/or Mentoring
  • Ongoing community/peer support
  • Conferences, Seminars, and Gatherings
  • Courses and Cohort Training
  • Residency and Internship Opportunities
  • Funding
  • Admin support