Our mission statement is “live our faith and share God’s love.” Our goals guide us to make disciples of Jesus the Christ and to be a beacon for God’s love in our community. We covenant to work together to achieve our goals with the same commitment of those who made Bethel UMC what it is today. As members of Bethel UMC we should all accept responsibility to help each other in our congregation to realize the goals. In each of our work areas we will focus on becoming “Five Talent Organizations.”
Become a “Five Talent Church”
We understand a “five talent church” to be a church that engages the talents and passions of each of its members. We strive for Radical Hospitality to make folks feel welcome and know we care. And we invite them to join in. We work to provide a variety of Passionate Worship experiences, that sustain and embolden us. We provide multiple and varied opportunity for Faith Development through study and committed small groups. We engage in Risk-taking Mission and Outreach to our community and beyond. We encourage Extravagant Generosity in giving to the needs of the church and the less fortunate in our community and world. To that end we will encourage one another to grow in discipleship through daily devotion, ongoing study and engaging in Christian action, and we will hold each other accountable in becoming and making disciples of Jesus Christ.
Our Ten Year Vision
We are a congregation with a rich history and tradition. We value the work of the persons who preceded us and laid the foundation of our congregation. That foundation is characterized by exceptional Christian hospitality and an atmosphere of welcome and incorporation that we are determined to retain as the core of who we are. To keep ourselves on track, we have a 10-year vision to focus our activities, initiatives, and growth.
We created our first 10-year vision in 2001 and we achieved nearly all our goals we set in five years. The result was major growth both numerically and spiritually, increased outreach and nurture ministries, and new and refurbished facilities. Specifically, we grew from 150 to 220 members and our average weekly attendance grew from 80 to 125. We had over 80 engaged in Bible study. Virtually all our new outreach and nurture ministries were begun in those years. And we refurbished our sanctuary and built our new social hall.
In 2006 as we re-envisioned our future out to 2016, we considered our history, our growth, and what we believed God was calling us to be and do. As we continue to grow, the central characteristics that we are unwilling to sacrifice and are intentionally trying to preserve are our small church atmosphere and the atmosphere of Christian hospitality and welcome. Also central to our future vision was the idea that we wanted to move from just being an enthusiastic welcoming congregation to becoming an inviting, yet still warm and welcoming congregation.
Our vision for 2016 included membership and attendance, facilities, ministries, and other programs. We envisioned the need for more space including a youth house, land for expansion and more parking, additional classroom space, a larger nursery and toddler space, using the parsonage to provide needed space, and having a church bus. We envisioned three worship services, continuing our strong study and prayer ministries, expanded mission focus, expanded music ministry, expanded youth ministry, expanded children’s ministry, after school programs for children and youth, programs for seniors, and perhaps a Parents Day Out Program.
We believe that our vision is realistic and achievable if we continue to focus on making disciples of Jesus and listening for God’s still small voice to lead us.