Bethany Global University seeks to delight God’s heart by providing followers of Jesus Christ a biblically-grounded and interculturally-focused higher education experience in which they are transformed by the Cross, empowered by the Holy Spirit, and prepared to lead by serving and to extend God’s Kingdom to where it is not.
Our Mission & Values
Message of the Cross
United with Christ, Living in His victory. We are transformed through union with Christ who was crucified for us, as us, and in us. We live daily in the victory of Jesus – cleansed by His blood and freed from sin’s control by the power the power of the Holy Spirit.
“Get down on your knees before God and surrender all that you are, and have, and ever will have, and your own will besides…get up from your knees believing that God has received your surrender.” –Andrew Murray, Absolute Surrender
(Galatians 2:20; John 15:5-8; Ephesians 1:17-19; Romans 6:22; I Corinthians 1:18)
Centrality of Prayer
Loving God. Praying His Kingdom come. We believe living the Great Commandment precedes fulfilling the Great Commission. Daily surrender, worship, on-going prayers and intercession empower God’s people and advance His Kingdom on earth.
“Make us a part of your plan to evangelize the world. We give ourselves completely into you hands to do what we can to further the gospel throughout the world, and, Lord, we pray that you will make us immortal until our work is done.” –Ted Hegre & Ernst Dahle
(Matthew 6:9-10; 9:35-38; 22:37-39; Isaiah 62:6-7; 56:6-7; John 14:15-21; Luke 18:1-8; Acts 1:8)
Finishing the task. Hastening His return. We take the Great Commission literally – to reach all people in all nations, through all areas of society, and for all generations. We demonstrate and proclaim the Gospel of Jesus in all the world – hastening His glorious return.
“I looked, and behold , a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes.” – Revelation 7:9
(Isaiah 9:6-7; Matthew 24:14; 28:18-20; II Peter 3:11-12; Revelation 7:9)
Joining God. Working together. “Count us in!” We abandon everything to join God in collaboration with others in the global Body of Christ. We love, honor and respect each person’s unique part in God’s plan of extending His Kingdom to where it is not.
“No matter who we are, where we are, or what our abilities are, we have been offered the privilege of working with God. We are called to be workers together with God in His great program of rescue and recovery – the evangelization of the world.” –Ted Hegre, Founder, Bethany International “Count us in!” Five founding couples
(Matthew 16:24-25; John 17:20-23; Romans 12:4-6; Ephesians 4:15-16; Philippians 2:2-8; Psalm 133)
Doing what we can do. Trusting the Holy Spirit. We do what we can do and give what we can give as acts of worship. With creativity and excellence we give our best efforts in mission and business initiatives, trusting the Holy Spirit for exceptional results.
“If God had given this vision to a bunch of theologians, they’d still be talking about it; but He gave it to some businessmen, so they did something about it.” –Harold Brokke, Past Bethany President
(Nehemiah 4:6, 14; Mark 14:8; Ephesians 6:7-8; Colossians 3:23-24; Hebrews 11:6)
The overarching objective of Bethany Global University is to see students grow in spiritual maturity, personal responsibility, and knowledge of God, as revealed in His Word and by His Spirit, in order to become effective ministers of the Gospel. Therefore, Bethany seeks to live by the following Biblical guidelines:
- The desire to glorify God in all things (Romans 15:5-6)
- A concern for the feelings and sensitivities of others—showing selflessness (1 Cor. 10:23-24)
- A commitment to encourage one another and build each other up in the Lord (I Thes. 5:11)
- A commitment to put off one’s old way of life and put on the new (Eph. 4:22-24)
- A refusal to be shaped by the value system of this world (Rom. 12:2)
- A desire to act in ways that reflect maturity (Heb 5:14)
- The understanding and practice of submission to leadership (Heb. 13:17)
Bethany has established certain guidelines to assist students in personal development. However, while rules are helpful in turning away from destructive behavior and attitudes and establishing new positive habits, the college does not desire to foster a campus environment of “NO.” This only encourages blind legalism and does not truly develop godly maturity.
Instead, Bethany encourages students to establish their life in God so they might be empowered to say, “YES”… Yes to God’s guidance, will, plans, and purposes. This freedom is learned by establishing habits of knowing and obeying His Word, waiting on Him, listening to Him, learning to pray and worship, and seeking accountability in the body of Christ.