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Bethel 2020

Bethel 2020: Preparing the Framework

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Membership of the Long-Range Planning Committee has now increased to forty.  An orientation for the expanded group will be held October 17 to prepare for the Five Practices Symposium on October 28. The Five Practices are functioning as a framework for constructing the Bethel 2020 plan...

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Bethel 2020 Q & A

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Have you had questions regarding Bethel 2020?  We've heard you - here are responses to three questions we received about Bethel 2020: What is the overall goal of this process? The primary goal is to develop an action plan to guide the ways Bethel will Connect, Grow and Serve over the...

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Forty in Prayer

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The number forty is recognized as an important number in Bible stories.  Both Old Testament and New Testament commentators associate it with periods of testing and trial, often leading to times of renewal and regeneration.  We are very pleased to announce that forty Bethel members and...

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Best Practices in Congregational Ministry

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One of the first tasks of the Long-Range Planning Committee is to look best practices in congregational ministry.  A valuable resource for this activity comes from a group of church consultants who have written books and articles published by the Alban Institute of the Duke Divinity School...

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Five Practices Described

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One important component of Bethel 2020 is to invite a cross-section of the congregation to serve in small groups to generate ideas and plans in five core ministry areas:  hospitality, worship, faith development, mission and service, and generosity. The Long-Range Planning Committee is...

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Message to Congregation

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Bethel is a healthy and vital congregation, with rich history and a bright future. What an ideal time to engage in a congregational conversation about the future, starting with a three-year ministry plan (2017-2020). Bethel’s Church Council has appointed a Long-Range Planning Committee to...

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