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Bethel will be the Christ-centered university of choice for this century.

Rooted in faith. Committed to excellence. Bethel will become the leader in Christian higher education by building stronger communities, equipping confident leaders and gracious servants, and preparing passionate world-changers. Through our thoughts, words, and actions, we’ll demonstrate what it means for a university to be centered on Jesus Christ.

What “Christ-centered” means for Bethel

Jesus Christ stands at the center of all that we think, feel, and do at Bethel. As Carl Lundquist, our longest-serving president, once wrote of our community, Jesus “has become the supreme affection in our lives.” Like Lundquist, we believe that Christianity is “more than a creed”: it is life in Christ. Ours is a living orthodoxy that engages the world’s most challenging problems, to God’s glory and for our neighbors’ good.

What we’ll be known for and how we’ll reach our vision

We’ll model for the world that a university centered on Jesus Christ:

  •  Equips people—students, employees, alumni—to discover their gifts, follow their calling, and activate their potential to levels beyond what they previously thought possible.
  • Serves neighbors near and far through partnerships with alumni, businesses, schools, churches, and other organizations.
  • Seeks truth with courage and humility in an irenic spirit that builds communities and strengthens relationships.

In order to fulfill this vision, we’ll build on our long-standing strengths and draw on our historic roots in the Pietist tradition. But we must also continue to grow and change. In particular:

  • Our community must better reflect the diversity that exists in the Body of Christ.
  • Our reach must extend far beyond the Twin Cities and San Diego and spur significant growth.
  • Our culture must become more innovative, nimble, and connected.
  • Our people must be more faithful stewards of our resources, pursuing our mission in a way that is affordable, sustainable, and fruitful.
  • Our campus must be known as a great Christian workplace, attracting gifted employees and giving them appropriate compensation, benefits, and opportunities for personal growth.

Approved by the Board of Trustees in February 2015.