The Mission Council is Bethel’s chief governing organization and handles all matters pertaining to the legal and general welfare of the congregation, except those reserved explicitly for the Congregation. The Mission Council ensures that all activities of the church reflect the purpose and faith of the congregation and establishes all policies governing the activities of the congregation. Additionally, the Mission Council develops the mission, vision, budget, and plans for approval and adoption by the congregation.
Mission Council members are elected by the Congregation at the annual Congregational Meeting. Any member may run for an open seat on the Council. There are nine members of the Mission Council plus two non-voting elected officers (Treasurer and Secretary). When a vacancy occurs mid-term, the Mission Council appoints a new member to fill the remainder of the unexpired term. Anyone interested in serving on the Mission Council should contact the Council President, Pastor, or the Nominating Committee.
The Mission Council meets once a month to conduct its regular business. In addition to Mission Council meetings, Council members may be asked to assist with other projects, participate on task forces or other mission teams, and be present at church events. On a rotating schedule, Council Members serve as the “Council Representative” as church services. Council members may spend several hours per month on their Council duties while officers (President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer) may spend far more than that as needed.