How to start
a Fresh Hope
Ask the Big Question: Are You Willing?
Your first step is to learn about Fresh Hope and receive the sponsorship of your church. We encourage you to first check out the online resources, and then email Julie@FreshHope.us. She will send you the Sponsorship Form that needs to be submitted prior to ordering the Starter Kit.
Once you feel prepared, make an appointment to meet with your pastor and/or church leadership.
- Explain how you came to learn of Fresh Hope and why your church would want to sponsor a group. Having a copy of the Fresh Hope book is helpful.
- Use 1 or 2 of the videos to help them learn more about Fresh Hope. We suggest the video on the website’s home page, “Fresh Hope: Living Well” — and “Fresh Hope: An Introduction” on our YouTube channel.
- Ask for their sponsorship to host a group meeting at the church, and to fund the starter membership cost and promotional supplies.
Determining Facilitators and Training
After you have submitted the church Sponsorship Form, you can order the Starter Membership Kit, which includes:
| Fresh Hope book (1) | Electronic Training Manual (Download)| 1 Laminated Tenet Card | First 12 weeks Video Series (Downloads) | 1 set Topic Cards (Download) | 2 Posters | 5 Brochures | Invitation Business Card (Download) | Facilitator Training online access
- Determine who will be trained to facilitate. (As a peer-led support group, facilitators are to be one with a diagnosis, or a loved one. We recommend a minimum of 2 trainees so you have back-up in case one cannot attend.)
- Submit Facilitator Applications and letters of recommendation to the international office.
- Start promoting your group’s starting date and time. (Sample PSAs and other suggestions are included in the Promotions Packet.)
- Begin online training. You may complete individually at your convenience, or set times to train together. Training requires 8 -10 hours to complete.
- Once training is completed, contact the international office for a follow-up conversation with our Project Consultant.
Promoting and Starting Your Group
- Distribute reminders to media and area churches during the weeks leading up to your first meeting, especially the week prior.
- Welcome attendees warmly. Consider offering refreshments, have the introductory video playing as people enter.
- Ask all new attendees to complete a Contact Info Sheet. (These are kept in a secure location, but available with emergency contact info and follow-up. Please submit just the names and emails to the international office for inclusion on our newsletter lists.)
- Complete Meeting Summary following the meeting. (Submit to the international office monthly for use as statistics to obtain grants and product development.)