Rev. Stephen Dale

Pastor, Church Planter, Biker, Nerd, Karaoke Aficionado, Photographer, and Disciple of Jesus Christ*

This is the journal of a church planter appointed by the United Methodist Church to start a new faith community in Bennington, Vermont.

Though I’ve been a life-long Christian, and I’ve been a pastor for over eight years, this is the first time I’ve been called to start a new community, and this blog will be my journal as I do the work to which God has called me in this place.

I have a dream of a place where people from different backgrounds, with different understandings of faith, with different ideas of what it means to be in fellowship, and to worship, and to live into their identities, come together to experience community together, to learn from one another, and to grow. A place that probably won’t look like church they way “it’s always been,” but which will foster a deep connection to God and to each other.

I know it won’t be easy, but I have faith in this community, in the people who we all call neighbor, and in God.

* not necessarily in that order