“The path only emerged as I walked it.” --Dr. Jurgen Moltmann, contemporary German theologian
In Fall 2005, the congregants of the First Baptist Church of Bennington, Vermont, affirmed that their next chapter in ministry needed to be a time for change and transition. Entering into the “transformational” track of interim ministry, First Baptist agreed to work closely with the regional staff of the American Baptist Churches of Vermont/New Hampshire and to seek out a “transitional interim minister” to provide pastoral leadership during a three-year period. As part of this commitment to set aside the next three years (2006-2008), the congregation covenants with God to a tithe of time to listen for God and explore what its next chapter in ministry will look like and move confidently into that future.
The intentional interim minister will be completing certification with the Interim Ministry Network and helping the ABC VT/NH region office staff in identifying helpful resources for promoting church transformation, healthy congregational habits, and a deepening faithfulness to God.The Transition Team will be made up of congregants who feel called to help the church discern its pathway ahead. Discernment, creativity, and organizational skills are key gifts needed of the participants on this team. The transition team members agree to give time to meetings, planning sessions, and helping coordinate events and opportunities for the congregation. The team will work closely with the intentional interim minister and resource with other congregations and the regional and national programming of the American Baptist Churches/USA.