Vision, Mission and Values

Vision

To be a fellowship of churches that operate through local congregations, individually focused in function, under the guidance of the Bethel Council of Bishops, whilst remaining sensitive to the unique and special needs of each member, as well as persons in the wider community.

Mission

To win souls and grow disciples with faith in Jesus Christ.

Core Values

The following presents a set of core values for Bethel United Church of Jesus Christ (Apostolic). These values define and drive our ministry together, honouring our past, yet moving us forward to a successful future:

1. PRayer

To make prayer the highest priority of the church demonstrated by:

  • Every local church becoming a house of prayer
  • Church leaders setting the example of an active and effective prayer life
  • Uniting with other believers in corporate and intercessory prayer

(Isa. 56:7; Mark 11:17; Rom. 8:26; 1 Cor. 14:14, 15; I Thess. 5:17; I Tim. 2:1-4, 8; James 5:14, 15)

2. Worship

To plan and lead worship that exalts God, and engages the heart, mind and soul, demonstrated by:

  • Assisting local churches in planning and preparing for meaningful, anointed worship
  • Equipping pastors and other worship leaders to lead authentically expressed, spiritually alive worship
  • Pursuing varying styles and forms of worship that glorify God and encourages outreach and service

(John 4:24; Psalm 29:2; Rom. 12:1; 1 Cor. 12:4-11; Isa. 58; Mat. 25:31-46)

 

3. Evangelism

To intentionally reach the unsaved, baptising them in the name of Jesus, and leading them to connect with the church, demonstrated by:

  • Viewing the nations and people of the world as our mission field
  • Encouraging each local church to pray continually for the unsaved
  • Through the National Department of Evangelism and the leadership of the National Director of Evangelism, coordinating all churches to adopt and implement measurable steps to evangelise and disciple the unsaved (Matthew 28:18- 20; Romans 15:19-24; Revelation 5:9)
  • Cultivating a genuine passion for the unsaved that will compel members to personally communicate the gospel of Jesus and demonstrate His love to those outside the faith
  • Discipling new believers and passing on our faith to the next generation
  • Practicing life-style evangelism

(Mat. 9:37-38; Mat. 28:19-20; Mark 16:15-18; Acts 1:8; Rom. 10:13-1)

4. Church Planting

To identify, train and financially support those called to plant life -giving, faith teaching, Apostolic churches demonstrated by:

  • Designating resources for planting new churches
  • Setting annual church planting goals
  • Emphasising the health and viability of new church plants, as well as the number of churches planted
  • Selecting different models of church planting for different situations
  • Recognising church planting as an Apostolic ministry for our day

(Mat. 16:18; John 4:35; Acts 2:47; 14:23; Eph. 5:25-28)

5. Leadership Development

To identify and develop individuals whom God has called and given leadership gifts, and challenge them to become servant-leaders demonstrated by:

  • Creating an environment in which men and women with ministry gifts are developed to serve as servant-leaders
  • Identifying and investing in emerging leaders, focusing on those aged 18-35
  • Providing relevant resources and training opportunities for both ministers and laity
  • Encouraging pastors to develop and cast a vision to the congregation, and to organise the body and each of its ministry groups so the vision can be realised

(Mark 3:13-15; 2 Tim. 2:2; 2:15; 3:14-17; Eph. 4:11-13)

6. Congregational Care

To challenge each church to genuinely care for one another and for those who are lost, hurting and needy, demonstrated by:

  • Building loving, caring relationships within families, between members, and within the communities we serve
  • Cultivating compassion and showing mercy to the unloved, the undesirable and the unreached of our society
  • Establishing in each local church outreach ministries that demonstrate our genuine concern and love for the disadvantaged or oppressed

(Psa. 86:15; Mat. 25; Luke 6:36; Acts 20:28)

7. Collaboration

To intentionally seek to serve in partnership with those of like faith and conviction,  acknowledging our interconnectedness and dependence on all members of the Body of Christ demonstrated by:

  • Reaching out to others in the Body of Christ for collaboration, resource sharing and learning opportunities
  • Encouraging local churches to build relationships with like-minded and like-hearted churches in their communities to work together to reach the lost
  • Engaging in dialogue and partnership with local, national and international organisations who seek to fulfill the Great Commission of Christ

(Col. 2:19; 1 Cor. 12:14-31; Gal. 6:1-6)

8. Communication

To utilise every available medium and means to effectively maintain open and perpetual communication with all Bethel Churches nationally and internationally, demonstrated by:

  • Understanding that communication is the process of exchanging information, imparting ideas, and sharing the message so it is understood by others
  • Exploring the best media choices available to enable the transforming message of Christ to be communicated to all of mankind across all cultural contexts
  • Discovering new ways and means of efficient and effective electronic mediums to maintain continuous connection with our constituency
  • Making empowering ministry resources available to the church for immediate response to the needs of the world and the mission engagement of the church

(Deuteronomy 6:6-9, Matthew 28:19, 2 Timothy 3:16)

9. Discipleship

To make disciples of all nations, to develop committed and faithful followers of Jesus Christ, and to be a people of conviction demonstrated by:

  • Understanding that discipleship must be intentional for all believers upon their acceptance of Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour. If we are to retain them, they must be taught and have someone who will disciple them
  • Asking every church to prioritise discipleship in every facet of their ministry; everything that is planned and executed in the local church should be identified as part of the discipleship process for those who are involved
  • Providing resources and discipleship experiences through the Department of Evangelism and Discipleship that will assist pastors and church leaders in the discipleship process, understanding that models may vary, but the outcome will be committed Christ followers
  • Understanding that passing the faith to the next generation will require making disciples of all ages. Discipleship must begin at the earliest age and continue

(Matthew 5:43-48; 22:37-38; 28:19-20; John 14:15, 21-23; 15:10; Acts 1:8; 2:1-11, 41-47; Romans 12:1-2; 12:3-8; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11; Galatians 5:22-25; 1 Thessalonians 5:19-23; 2 John 6.)

10. Equality and Justice

The church, although a community of faith, is not immune to abuse, harassment and exploitation of people. Bethel’s leadership is responsible for ensuring that the culture of our church is just, safe, and caring, demonstrated by:

  • Being open at all times to listen to the views and experiences of our mothers, sisters, and daughters in faith
  • Empowering and equipping women in leadership
  • Championing the full equality of women and men in the church
  • Encouraging women in leadership to access and connect to training and mentorship within the church
  • Recognising that sometimes issues need to be addressed before women can contribute on a level playing field
  • Encouraging both men and women to reflect on the role models they provide for young people, and the aspirations and expectations they are helping to shape

(Galatians 3:28)

11. Excellence

To pursue excellence in all aspects of the fellowship of churches in order to bring glory to God, demonstrated by:

  • Developing a culture where mediocrity is not tolerated.
  • Finding ways to do things better at all times
  • Valuing persistent development of people and systems
  • Serving others the way Christ has served us
  • Taking adequate care to ensure that all national meetings and events are effectively planned, marketed and executed in every area of ministry
  • Praying and preparing with diligence

(Daniel 6:3; Colossians 3:23)

12. Unity

To walk and work in unity with each other as a family of believers, demonstrated by:

  • Preaching and teaching on how unity contributes to peace in the church
  • Talking about Jesus’ emphasis on unity – unity is important to Jesus it should be important to us
  • Expecting Pastors and leaders to model the behaviour of a fully mature disciple and employ principles of unity
  • Teaching and embracing the “one another” principles in scripture

(Psalms 133:1; John 17; Ephesians 4:3)

13. Teaching

To promote and prioritise the teaching ministry as the central ministry of the church, demonstrated by:

  • Empowering the congregation for greater and more informed engagement with the teaching ministry
  • Organising bible studies, seminars, and training sessions so congregations are better equipped to witness to the love and saving grace of Jesus Christ – this will lead to more committed, competent and confident disciples
  • Encouraging members to identify themselves as ministers of the gospel, and encouraging teaching opportunities so that they may more effectively serve in the life and witness of the church

(Matthew 5:19; I Timothy 4:11-16; Hebrews 5:12; Ephesians 4:14)

14. Financial Integrity & Accountability

To be transparent and financially accountable, and to manage God’s money honestly, demonstrated by:

  • Adhering to robust financial practices and procedures
  • Appointing a National Director of Finance and a National Finance Team
  • Reporting regularly to the church on all financial matters including income, expenditures and all property owned by the church
  • Developing an annual budget agreed on with the Council of Bishops and trustees

(Proverbs 22:1; Luke 14:28-30; Luke 12:15; Romans 13:7-8; I Timothy 5:17-18; I Timothy 6:10)

15. Safeguarding

We acknowledge the rights of children and adults to protection from abuse. The welfare of children is paramount. We will demonstrate our safeguarding by:

  • Following legislation, statutory guidance and recognising good practice in order to protect vulnerable people in all Bethel churches.
  • Establishing a caring environment in which there is an informed vigilance about the dangers of abuse
  • Implementing, maintaining and regularly reviewing the procedures outlined in the policy, which are designed

to prevent and to be alert to abuse

  • Appointing a Safeguarding Coordinator and Deputy Safeguarding Coordinator who will have specific

responsibilities for safeguarding, although we recognise that safeguarding is a whole church responsibility

  • Providing support, supervision, resources and training to those who work with children and adults
  • Ensuring that policies and procedures are in place to promote safeguarding, preventing abuse and

protecting children, adults at risk and staff, which will include clear procedures for taking appropriate action

when safeguarding concerns are raised involving children and adults within our church, or those who attend our activities and events.

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National Headquarters Address:  Bethel Convention Centre, Kelvin Way, Birmingham, B70 7JW

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