Bethel Day with the Missionary Church Resources

Bethel Day
Since 1947, Bethel University has existed as THE university of the Missionary Church. On Sunday, February 25, 2024, we are going to recognize and celebrate this partnership! We are inviting all churches to highlight the University and its mission. See below for resources and suggestions to help celebrate the day.


Churches are invited to dedicate as few as five minutes of your worship service to:

  • Introduce the partnership and mission of Bethel University as the university of the Missionary Church
  • Show one of the three videos below that speak to this partnership and our mission together
  • Spend time praying for Bethel University and its students, staff and faculty, as well as its future

Key Resources

Bethel Day Slide & Script

Download Bethel Day Slide

Download Bethel Day Slide en Español


If you have five minutes of your service to dedicate to Bethel University, consider highlighting the following:

In 1947, a group of Missionary Church leaders prayerfully and courageously started a Christian Liberal Arts College in Mishawaka, Indiana. At the suggestion of one of the founders, the Hebrew word for “house of God,” Bethel, was agreed upon as the name. From its inception, Bethel has faithfully served our community and remained committed to the mission of equipping students for lifelong service. Today, Bethel is a thriving institution offering associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees through onsite, online and extension study opportunities. We want to take a moment this morning to recognize and celebrate our partnership with Bethel University.

Let’s watch this video together.

[[Video: Show a provided Bethel Day video]]

Follow-Up and Prayer:

Say something like . . . We live in a challenging time for faith-based institutions like Bethel. We are so grateful for Bethel’s priority to operate, as its motto says, “With Christ at the Helm,” and we recognize the significant opportunity to impact people at such a pivotal time in their lives. Can we take a moment to pray for our university?

Prayer Prompts:

  • For the faculty, staff, and their families
  • For current students and their endeavors
  • For future students discerning if Bethel is right for them
  • For spiritual protection over the institution

IDEA: If you have any, consider inviting a Bethel alumnus to lead this prayer time. If you have any faculty, staff, students or parents of students, invite them to stand or come to the front and lay hands on them as you pray.

Download Script in English

Download Script en Español

Bethel Day Social Media: Before Bethel Day

Here is a post you can use to promote Bethel on your social media:

Before Bethel Day Post

Since 1947, Bethel University has existed as THE university of the Missionary Church. Join us as we celebrate this partnership on Sunday, February 25, with Bethel Day during our services!

Download Before Bethel Day Graphic

Desde 1947, la Universidad Bethel ha existido como la única universidad de la Iglesia Misionera. ¡Únase a nosotros para celebrar esta asociación el domingo 25 de febrero con el Día de Bethel durante nuestros servicios!

Download Before Bethel Day Graphic en Español

Bethel Day Social Media: After Bethel Day

Here is a post you can use to promote Bethel on your social media:

After Bethel Day Post

This past Sunday was Bethel Day, where we encouraged you to consider Bethel first in your Missionary Church college search. Visit to visit, apply or refer a student today!

Download After Bethel Day Graphic

El domingo pasado fue el Día de Bethel, donde le alentamos a considerar a Bethel en primer lugar en su búsqueda de una universidad en la Iglesia Misionera. Vaya a para programar una visita, presentar una solicitud o recomendar a un estudiante hoy!

Download After Bethel Day Graphic en Español

Bethel Day Intro 2024

For churches whose congregation
might not be as familiar with Bethel

Hear from Bethel’s president as she shares about Bethel and Bethel’s mission. The Spanish video also includes an introduction from Resident Director and Bethel alumnus, Robert Ortiz.

Spiritual Life at Bethel

For churches whose congregation
is more familiar with Bethel

Hear from Bethel staff and students as they share about the spiritual atmosphere and community on campus.

My Church. My University.

For churches that have
several students who attend Bethel.

Hear from Bethel students who grew up and are involved with various Missionary Churches.

If you’d like to take a little more time in your service, consider the following:

  • If you have any alumni, invite one to share a brief testimony of their Bethel experience.
  • If you have any current students at Bethel, share who they are, and maybe have them share live or via video a brief testimony of their experience.
  • If you have any faculty or staff at Bethel, ask them to briefly share about Bethel from their perspective.
  • Consider showing one of the included videos in addition to the video from President Bellefeuille.


Si desea dedicar un poco más de tiempo a su servicio, considere lo siguiente:

  • Si tiene algún graduados, invítelo a compartir un testimonio breve de su experiencia en Bethel.
  • Si tiene estudiantes actuales en Bethel, comparta quiénes son y pídales que compartan en vivo o por video un testimonio breve de su experiencia.
  • Si tiene profesores o personal en Bethel, pídales que hablen brevemente sobre Bethel desde su perspectiva.
  • Considere mostrar uno de los videos incluidos además del video del presidente Bellefeuille.

Additional Resources

VIDEO: Stories of Transformation - Sarah Tamalunas

VIDEO: Bethel University Promo 2023

VIDEO: Relationships with Professors

VIDEO: Where Faith and Career Intersect

VIDEO: What is BUX?

VIDEO: Speak Jesus

Upcoming 2024 Events

  • Jan. 31-Feb. 29, 2024: 30 Days of Prayer for Bethel
  • March 15-16, 2024: Exploring the Call – an event for high school students sensing a call to ministry (hosted by Missionary Church Central Region)
  • August – Pastor’s Prayer Walk*
  • September – Missionary Church Day at Bethel University*
  • November – Missionary Church Youth Group Visit Day*

*More information to come

Questions? | ¿Preguntas?

If you have any questions about Bethel Day or any of our resources, please contact Pastor of Church Relations Derry Prenkert at | Si tiene algunas preguntas sobre el Día de Bethel o cualquiera de nuestros recursos, comuníquese con el pastor de Relaciones Eclesiales, Derry Prenkert, a