University description (as per official university website)
Bethany College has a rich history. After several years of holding classes in nearby churches, a permanent school was established in Hepburn in 1927.
During the forties, this school was named Bethany Bible College and ran a five-year program for those wishing to enter full-time ministry. Former principles and presidents have been: D.B. Esau, J.B. Toews, G.D. Huebert, G.W. Peters, J.H. Epp, A.H. Wieler, Corny Braun, Ike Bergen, Cliff Jantzen, James Nikkel, and Doug Berg. These men as well as numerous faculty and staff have given a godly heritage to Bethany.
In 1958, the Herbert Bible School amalgamated with Bethany. After Coaldale Bible School closed, the Alberta and Saskatchewan Mennonite Brethren conferences joined together to sponsor Bethany in 1968.
In 1995, the Saskatchewan Churches of Evangelical Mennonite Mission Conference joined as a third co-sponsor of Bethany.
The mission of Bethany College is to nurture disciples and train leaders to serve.
Bethany nurtures disciples of Jesus Christ in their love for God, their understanding of the Bible, and their ministry in the Church and the world. As an evangelical Anabaptist college, Bethany is a biblical learning community that prepares students for the marketplace as well as volunteer and vocational ministries.
Key verse: ďDo your best to present yourself to God as one approved by him, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly explaining the word of truth.Ē 2 Timothy 2:15 NRSV.
Bethany is committed to providing education that is founded uponÖ
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 Godís Spirit applies Godís Word to Godís 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 inÖ
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.
Bethanyís philosophy of education is based on the Bible as the written record of Godís 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. ďRemember, there is only one foundation, the one already laid: Jesus ChristĒ (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, Godís 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 Godís 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 Godís 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 believerís incorporation into the body of Christ as expressed in the local church.
LORDíS SUPPER. We believe that in obedience to Christ, the Church observes the Lordís 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 believerís life from the unrighteous pattern of the present age into a life of joyful obedience with Godís 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. Christiansí primary allegiance is to Christís 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 Christís 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 l
ife, 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 Godís gifts, including money, time, abilities and influence, are to be received with thanksgiving, used responsibly, and shared generously.
THE LORDíS DAY, WORK, AND REST. We believe Godís 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 Godís provision and trust in Godís sustaining grace. In worship, we gather to commemorate the resurrection through worship, instruction, fellowship, and service.
CHRISTIANITY AND OTHER FAITHS. We believe Godís atoning work in Jesus is the only means of reconciling people with God. God has not left any without a witness to the Creatorís goodness and power. Christians treat people of other faiths with respect, but urgently proclaim Christ as the only way of salvation.
CHRISTíS 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.