Our Mission (from Matthew 28:18-20)
To Honor God by Leading People to Become Devoted Followers and Ministers of Jesus Christ
To be a community of Christ’s followers that are wholeheartedly responsive to the love God, radically transformed into the image of Christ and powerfully mobilized into Kingdom work by the Holy Spirit.
Bethany Vision Faith Objectives:
1. Be a community of Christ-followers wholeheartedly responsive to the love of God.
We envision becoming a community of responsive worshippers, where every person longs for both individual and community worship; where lifting up Christ is enjoyed and appreciated in worship; where the character and works of God are relentlessly and passionately exalted; where the honoring of God is infused into every element and experience of the believer’s lives; where the presence of God is felt, experienced, and enjoyed regularly in individual lives, in their families, and in community worship; where knowing, loving, and honoring God is preeminent over any desire, ambition, accomplishment, and experience; where prayer is a passionate priority; and where God’s people are faithfully listening and responding to the heart and voice of their Heavenly Father.
2. Be a community of Christ-followers radically transformed by the person and work of Christ and into the image of Christ.
We envision becoming a community of journeying pilgrims, where the person and work of Christ is central to our lives and relationships; where God’s Word dwells in us richly and is transforming our minds and lives; where God’s Word and the Good News of the gospel are proclaimed and practiced; where faithful Bible study is practiced by God’s people; where authentic and mutually accountable relationships are the norm and are eagerly sought by the body; where suffering is welcomed as essential to the transformation journey; where tears are accepted, humanity permissible, and repentance and forgiveness embraced; where grace is the environment, holiness and obedience the expectation, and following Christ the expression of a multigenerational community covenanted together in the journey of life; where followers of Christ embrace the spiritual disciplines and integrate a biblical perspective and world-view into their lives; and where hope, healing, and reconciliation are powerfully discovered and displayed by God’s people.
3. Be a community of Christ-followers powerfully mobilized into Kingdom work by the Holy Spirit.
We envision becoming a community of mobilized ministers, where Christ-followers are carefully and courageously trained and deployed for Kingdom work, for spiritual battle, for service to the body, and for discipleship multiplication; where Spirit-activated boldness and Spirit-infused love for both believers and unbelievers are the norm; where Spirit-generated outreach and ministry to lost people is regularly engaged by God’s people; where kingdom-minded believers courageously take the gospel across their streets and across the oceans; where people’s spiritual gifts are faithfully activated for service to the believing community and to our broken world; where the leading and empowering of the Holy Spirit is embraced and enjoyed; where Great Commission partnerships are welcomed; and where God’s people regularly live out their purpose and calling as devoted followers and ministers of Jesus Christ.