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Bethany International is a Christian mission training and sending organization dedicated to taking the church to where it is not and helping others do the same. Bethany International is the umbrella organization for Bethany Global University.
6820 Auto Club Rd
Bloomington, MN 55438
Email: [email protected]
CEO/President: Dan Brokke
Chairman: William Couey
Board size: 11
Founder: five families
Ruling year: 1947
Tax deductible: Yes
Fiscal year end:
Member of ECFA: Yes
Member of ECFA since: 2020
Bethany International is a Christian missions training and sending organization dedicated to mobilizing disciples of Jesus and the church worldwide for the increase of God's Kingdom.
Our mission is to take the Church to where it is not by recruiting, equipping, and fielding followers of Jesus who are transformed by the Cross, empowered by the Holy Spirit, and effectively prepared with intercultural educational experience, who lead by serving with global partners to transform people and communities, delighting God's heart, and extending His Kingdom!
Statement of faith
We have been enlightened, enriched, and edified by many streams of Christian truth, and do not seek to distinguish or divide ourselves from other members of the Body of Christ. This statement, however, describes the fundamental truths in which we believe and by which we seek to live.
We Believe the Bible to be the only inspired, infallible, and authoritative Word of God, without error in the original manuscripts.
We Believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We Believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, His virgin birth, His sinless life, His miracles, His vicarious and atoning death, His bodily resurrection, and His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and His personal return in power and glory.
We Believe that man was created in the image of God, that he was tempted by Satan and fell, and that all following Adam have sinned and are sinful; that repentance toward God, faith in Jesus Christ, and regeneration by the Holy Spirit are necessary for salvation.
We Believe that followers of Jesus Christ are called to sanctification through identification with Jesus Christ in His death and resurrection.
We Believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling, empowering, and gifts the Christian is enabled to live a life of godliness and effective service.
We Believe in the bodily resurrection of both the saved and the lost; the saved to the resurrection of life and the lost to the resurrection of damnation.
We Believe that all followers of Jesus are to be committed to the fulfilling of the Great Commission as found in Mt. 28:18-20 and are to be involved in making it possible for the Gospel to be preached to all the peoples of the world.
Donor confidence score
|Does the organization have a statement of faith consistent with historic Christian creeds and is that statement of easily found on its website?||Yes||5/5|
|Does the board have no more than 2 non-independent members?||Yes||5/5|
|Does the board have at least four independent board members for every non-independent member?||Yes||5/5|
|Does the board contain between 5 and 11 members?||Yes||5/5|
|Does the organization file a Form 990 and make its Form 990 available to the public?||No||0/10|
|Does the organization make its audit or review (if annual revenue is less than $1-m) available on its website?||No||0/5|
|Is the organization a member of the ECFA?||Yes||10/10|
|Is the CEO/President's compensation within one standard deviation of the median compensation?||No||0/5|
|Did the organization operate at a net profit (revenue greater than expenses) in the most recent year?||No||0/5|
|Does the organization refrain from owning or leasing a private aircraft, or having fractional interest in one, that is primarily used for travel by the organization's leaders?||Yes||5/5|
|For the past five years, has the organization been free of any lawsuits or administrative actions filed against it by an employee, client, board member, vendor, donor, or other related party?||Yes||5/5|
|Are author royalties and speaking engagement fees paid to the organization, and not the individual?||Yes||5/5|
|Does the organization require its employees to affirm upon hiring the statement of faith of the organization?||Yes||5/5|
|Is the board chair an independent member of the board, and not the founder and/or CEO/President?||Yes||5/5|
|Does the board have term limits?||Yes||5/5|
|Have there been no public accusations of misdeeds against the organization, founder, CEO, senior pastor, or board members in the past five years?||Yes||5/5|
|Has the organization refrained from the use of non-disclosure agreements?||Yes||5/5|
|Does the organization have an overall financial efficiency rating of at least 2 stars?||No||0/5|
|Total donor confidence score||70/100|
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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 3/3/2022. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]
Bethany Fellowship was founded by five families in 1945. Ted Hegre, who served as their pastor, shared with this small fellowship the vision of sending and supporting 100 missionaries. After much prayer, these five families sensed God leading them to sell their homes and pool their resources to acquire a common residence, a large, 30-room home in Minneapolis called "Bethany House." The purpose of this community life was to reduce unnecessary work and expense so more time and money would be available for working together to fulfill the vision God gave them-living the sanctified Christian life and completing the unfulfilled task of world missions.
The name "Bethany" was chosen because it was a place Jesus would retreat with his disciples for rest, prayer and reflection. As Bethany Fellowship expanded, they outgrew "Bethany House" where they all lived. In April 1946, they purchased a 62.5 acre farm in Bloomington, Minnesota, moving there in June 1948.
Bethany Global University began with 10 students in October 1948. In the early years, graduates of what was then called "Bethany Fellowship Missionary Training Center" served with various mission sending agencies.
Bethany's primary source of funding through the years, along with school fees, mission support partners, and people giving as moved by God, has been through business ventures that produced wood toys, lefse and pancake griddles, camping trailers, and book publishing and printing. These ventures funded the community, the college of missions, and supported missionaries. Bethany Press International, founded in 1997 as a separate ministry to print books for Christian authors and publishers, originally printed books for Bethany House Publishers (begun in 1956 and sold in 2003 to Baker Book House). Bethany Press continues to be a major source of funding for the training and sending of Bethany missionaries.
We have a growing excitement about Bethany's place in God's plan to train and send a new generation of servant leaders for missions in the 21st Century. We live in perhaps the most exciting and challenging generation in all of history. We are committed to seeing thousands more young men and women equipped to "GO!" as God's agents of transformation into all nations, all spheres of influence, and to all generations.