About Us

Bethel is passionate about the work of the local church and Christian ministry organizations. Our Church Relations team was formed to reach out to churches and find opportunities for engagement. 

Our Focus

Our focus is two-fold: to serve churches and connect them to Bethel students.

We aim to be a source of encouragement to churches by equipping, educating, and inspiring pastors and church staff in fulfilling the mission of Jesus Christ through:

  • Events, training, and networking
  • Prayer and other resources
  • Preaching and speaking support
  • Adult and youth teaching

We also connect churches with Bethel students so they can find a church home to worship and serve while they study at Bethel.

Our Mission

Our mission is to cultivate Christ-centered relationships with churches that engage them in the mission of Bethel University.

Our Partners

We partner with several ministries in the Twin Cities and beyond by providing teaching and training resources, financial support, and more.

  • Converge Worldwide - Bethel began as an educational ministry of the fellowship of churches that came to be known as the Baptist General Conference, which now bears the missional name Converge Worldwide. Bethel and the churches of Converge are true spiritual partners in advancing the Gospel and equipping Christ-followers for leadership and service. This partnership allows us to do far more together than we could accomplish independently through spiritual encouragement, leadership, training, accountability, recruitment, finances, and, most importantly, prayer.
  • Transform Minnesota - We work with Transform MN to equip pastors and ministry leaders through various events and opportunities.
  • Youth Leadership - We partner with Youth Leadership on several events that educate and encourage youth pastors, leaders, and volunteers.
  • Greg Speck: Youth and Family Communicator - We partner with Greg Speck on several youth events, which encourage and empower them in their walk with Christ.
  • Pulse Ministries - We collaborate with Pulse Ministries for the National Day of Prayer, bringing together people of all ages throughout the Twin Cities to pray for our cities, state, and nation.
  • Other Ministries - For events and other opportunities, we team up with national ministries such as the Billy Graham Association and regional ministries such as Trout Lake Camp.

Got Ideas?

We’re open to your ideas for ways we can work with Christian churches and ministries. Let us know how we can walk alongside you and support your efforts.