In the Fall of 2005, the people of the First Baptist Church of Bennington, VT, voted to enter into a three-year period of transition. While calling an intentional interim minister for three years, the congregation covenanted with God to be in a time of intentional transition. We dedicate this time to learn how to become a healthier congregation and connecting creatively with the Bennington area as a witness to the Gospel.
Our interim (The Rev. Jerrod Hugenot) arrived on March 1, 2006, and he received training from the Interim Ministry Network through funds provided by the ABC V/NH Region office. A transition team of key lay leaders began meeting with the intentional interim in the Summer of 2006. Then, the congregation experienced three key events:
**A Congregational Timeline, which helped identify the history as well as the habits (good and bad) of the congregation's modern history (1940s to present).
**An exercise in "asset mapping" drawn from the work of the Alban Institute, which helped us identify our gifts and strengths as a particular gathering of people
**An experiment in congregational self-identity, which helped the congregation figure out our identity in a creative way.
You can read the ongoing journal entries beginning after this note. Due to the nature of this website, the documents are in reverse chronological order. (The most recent entry is first; the oldest entry is last.) However you choose to read our journal entries, we hope that you can see our growth as a process that has been intentional, methodical, and also open to the Spirit. For a bibliography or if you have questions, please contact our interim with your questions.
Grace & Peace,
The congregants of the First Baptist Church of Bennington, VT
PS: The Rev. Hugenot can be contacted via: 802/442-2105 (office) or email: firstname.lastname@example.org