“How blessed is God! And what a blessing He is! He’s the Father of our Master, Jesus Christ, and takes us to the high places of blessing in Him. Long before He laid down earth’s foundations, He had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of His love, to be made whole and holy by His love”. Ephesians 1:3-5
The mission of Bethany College is forming whole and holy disciples.
This statement clarifies our program as follows:
Whole – addresses the widespread experience of fragmentation of information, authority and identity that is widespread among emerging adults.
Holy – addresses the calling to be a people (a community) set apart for God’s purposes in the world.
Disciples – embraces the centrality of following Jesus that is at the heart of our evangelical-Anabaptist theological tradition.
Bethany is committed to providing education that is founded upon the following core values:
- Jesus is Lord – Our focus is around bringing the lordship of Jesus Christ to bear on all aspects of programs, processes and personnel.
- Bible – Our policies, teaching and practice are founded on the Word of God, the Bible. We are committed to operating on and teaching from a biblically oriented worldview.
- Community – Relationships with God and others are the key component of campus life and of ministry.
- Growth – Students and staff will experience observable life change as a result of their studies and service. This comes as God’s Spirit applies God’s Word to God’s people.
- Mission – Our commitment is to nurture students to become people of character in the marketplace and church in order to witness to the life-changing power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
We believe our ministry should result in the following outcomes:
- Students and alumni who are maturing as disciples of Christ.
- Alumni who are effectively bringing kingdom values to the marketplace, are active volunteers and are serving as leaders for church and Christian ministries worldwide.
- Staff whose personal growth and spiritual journey enrich the lives of both students and the church nationally and globally.
- Wise stewardship of the resources and finances God provides.
Bethany’s philosophy of education is based on the Bible as the written record of God’s revelation to humanity. Therefore, the Bible is the integrating focal point of our curriculum.
Our approach to interpreting Scripture is rooted in evangelical Mennonite Anabaptism, which seeks to recapture the faith and life of the New Testament church. “Remember, there is only one foundation, the one already laid: Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 3:11, The Message).
The Scriptures are taught not only as academic disciplines but also as life-changing truths, which, through the power of the Holy Spirit, motivate and enable us to live for the glory of God (Ephesians 1:12).
We seek to create a community of learning in which instruction, modeling, and mutual accountability can result in transformed lives both intellectually and spiritually. We focus on internal adherence to community standards, balancing individual, personal expression with the needs and good of the College community.
We believe that God established the Church to carry out His will. One of the major purposes of the Church is to teach people everywhere to obey Christ. Bethany seeks to fulfill its part in that mandate.
STATEMENT OF FAITH
GOD – We believe in the one true God, the Source of all life, who reigns over all things as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and who lovingly cares for all creation. God the Father planned the redemption of humanity and sent Jesus Christ, the Son, to be the Saviour of the world. Jesus proclaimed the reign of God, bringing good news to the poor and triumphing over sin through His obedient life, death, and resurrection. God, the Holy Spirit, empowers believers with new life, indwells them, and unites them in one body.
REVELATION OF GOD – We believe God has made Himself known to all people. Beginning with creation and culminating in Jesus Christ, God has revealed Himself in the Old and New Testaments. All Scripture is inspired by God, and is the authoritative guide for faith and practice. We interpret the Scripture in the Church community as guided by the Holy Spirit.
CREATION AND HUMANITY – We believe God created the heavens and the earth, and they were good. Humans, God’s crowning act, were created in the image of God. Sin has alienated humanity from the Creator and creation, but God offers redemption and reconciliation through Jesus Christ.
SIN AND EVIL – We believe sin is individual and corporate opposition to God’s good purposes and leads to physical and spiritual death.
SALVATION – We believe God saves all people who put their faith in Jesus Christ. By His obedient life, sacrificial death and victorious resurrection, Christ delivers people from the tyranny of sin and death and redeems them for eternal life in the age to come. All creation eagerly awaits its liberation from bondage into the freedom of the glory of God’s children.
NATURE OF THE CHURCH – We believe the Church is the covenant community called by God through Jesus Christ to live a life of discipleship and wit-ness as empowered by the Holy Spirit. The local church gathers regularly for worship, fellowship and accountability, and to discern, develop and exercise gifts for ministry.
MISSION OF THE CHURCH – We believe the mission of the Church is to make disciples of all nations by calling people to repent, to be baptized, and to love God and neighbour by sharing the good news and doing acts of love and compassion.
CHRISTIAN BAPTISM – We believe baptism by water is a public sign that a person has repented of sin, received forgiveness, died with Christ and has been raised to new life through the power of the Holy Spirit. Baptism is also a public declaration of a believer’s incorporation into the body of Christ as expressed in the local church.
LORD’S SUPPER – We believe that in obedience to Christ, the Church observes the Lord’s Supper as a remembrance of His atoning death and to celebrate forgiveness, new life, and the fellowship and unity of all believers.
DISCIPLESHIP – We believe Jesus calls people who have experienced the new birth to follow Him in a costly life of service to God. The power of the Holy Spirit transforms the believer’s life from the unrighteous pattern of the present age into a life of joyful obedience with God’s people.
MARRIAGE, SINGLENESS, AND FAMILY – We believe that singleness and marriage are honoured by God and should be blessed by the Church. God instituted marriage as a lifelong covenant between a man and a woman for the purpose of companionship, encouragement, sexual intimacy, and procreation. Children are a gift from God and should be nurtured by parents in the ways of God.
SOCIETY AND STATE – We believe that God instituted the state to promote justice and to maintain law and order. Christians’ primary allegiance is to Christ’s kingdom. Believers are called to witness against injustice, exercise social responsibility, and obey all laws that do not conflict with the Word of God.
LOVE AND NON-RESISTANCE – We believe that God in Christ reconciles people to Himself and to one another, making peace through the cross. We seek to be agents of reconciliation, to practice love of enemies, and to express Christ’s love by alleviating suffering, reducing strife, and promoting justice. Because violence and war-fare are contrary to the gospel of Christ, we believe that we are called to give alternative service in times of war.
THE SANCTITY OF HUMAN LIFE – We believe that God is Creator and Giver of life, and highly values each person. Procedures designed to take human life are wrong. We oppose all attitudes which devalue human life, especially the defenseless lives of the unborn, disabled, poor, aging and dying.
STEWARDSHIP – We believe the universe and every-thing in it belong to God the Creator and that we have been entrusted by God to manage its resources. All God’s gifts, including money, time, abilities and influence, are to be received with thanksgiving, used responsibly, and shared generously.
THE LORD’S DAY, WORK, AND REST – We believe God’s act of creation provides the model for work and rest. In work, we use our abilities to glorify God and serve others. In rest, we express thanks for God’s provision and trust in God’s sustaining grace. In worship, we gather to commemorate the resurrection through worship, instruction, fellowship, and service.
CHRISTIANITY AND OTHER FAITHS – We believe God’s atoning work in Jesus is the only means of reconciling people with God. God has not left any without a witness to the Creator’s goodness and power. Christians treat people of other faiths with respect, but urgently proclaim Christ as the only way of salvation.
CHRIST’S FINAL TRIUMPH – We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ will return triumphantly at the end of this age to destroy all evil powers, condemn all who have rejected Christ to eternal punishment, and unite believers with Christ to reign forever with God in glory.
The College is guided by the Mennonite Brethren Confession of Faith of the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches.