The goal of Churches of Christ is neither to “protest” nor to “re-form.” Rather, we seek to “restore” that original form found in God’s word. This is not because we have any illusion that we are perfect (far from it), but we know that God’s word is perfect and that it will be the standard by which we are judged (John 12:48, Revelations 22:18-19). So, we let the Bible be our guide in all things (Colossians 3:17). We desire to “speak where the Bible speaks, and be silent where the Bible is silent,” and to “do Bible things in Bible ways, and call Bible things by Bible names.” We are trying to follow what God says, instead of what we might prefer (Matt. 7:21-23).
While this might seem rigid (and it is true that in our approach to doctrine we seek to be as narrow as God’s word) you will find that the members of Bethel are a warm, caring, friendly group of people. We love our church fellowships and sharing meals together. In the aftermath of the 4/27/2011 tornadoes, Bethel members were everywhere in the community helping others, even though we had 30 houses damaged and our building destroyed. We have provided funds to restore damaged homes, to support missionaries, to provide for children without parents, to support the efforts of our youth, and much more. No one at Bethel goes without any need being met.