For more than seventy-five years, Bethesda Community Church in Fort Worth, Texas has lived out its mission of being a “House of Mercy” where believers can encounter the Lord through sincere, powerful worship and life-changing, biblical teaching.
In January 2012,
J. Daniel Smith began to sense the Lord’s call for Bethesda to take the church’s mission a step further and ensure that the next generation of church leaders and ministers entered vocational ministry fully prepared for the task ahead. Pastor Dan went before the congregation to share his passion and vision for a School of Ministry - a place to educate, equip, and empower men and women for the service of Jesus Christ in His Church.
The congregation of Bethesda Community Church caught Pastor Dan’s vision and, in the fall of 2013, Bethesda School of Ministry welcomed its first incoming class. Since then, many students have attended classes and participated in the internships that are preparing them for ministry.
We began to sense the Lord’s calling to refocus our program. As wonderful (and as necessary) as Christian liberal arts schools are, we began to see that there is a gap between graduation and Day 1 of ministry in the local church. The need for an intensive residency or internship became very apparent and we restructured our program to meet that need.
Under the leadership of BSM Director, Dr. Marti Williams, Bethesda School of Ministry has two tracks of study:
Over a 12-month period, students will experience intense internships with the team of Bethesda Community Church in addition to basic Bible classes. As part of our focused program, students will essentially become staff members - learning to deal with “people issues,” how to baptize, how to perform weddings, how to balance departmental budgets (as a part of the larger church budget), and many other practical aspects of church ministry. Pastoral Ministry Students will learn that there is much more to full-time ministry than preaching on Sundays and Music Ministry Students will learn there is much more to worship ministry than choosing a worship set.
Bethesda Community Church and Bethesda School of Ministry invite you to discover your destiny as you seek the Lord and His purposes for your life.
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