Applies to:Administrators, Faculty, Staff
Employment & Recruiting
Bethel College faculty and staff have an important normative and
formative relationship with the students, which is a vital part of the
campus community. They are expected to model the virtues that are
central to our mission as a Christian college of the Missionary Church.
It is the position of Bethel College and the Missionary Church that the
Bible establishes our basic principles for living together as a
Christian academic community.
These principles and guidelines are essential and foundational.
They are to be performed in a spirit and attitude arising from a deep
commitment and belief in their verity. All of these principles assume
the recognition of the Lordship of Jesus Christ over all of life, and
His Word and life as found in the Old Testament and New Testament as our
standard to strive for.
The chief motive of all Christian conduct should be to “love the
Lord God with our whole being” (Deuteronomy 6:4-5) and “others as
ourselves” (Leviticus 19:18; Matthew 22:39). Righteousness, holiness of
life, love and wisdom are to be our goal and pursuit.
As part of our employment agreement at Bethel College, we recognize that Bethel holds the following expectations.
- To pursue a lifestyle that honors God, and to practice and
develop Christian morals and virtues, such as listed in 2 Peter 1:5-8,
“faith, goodness, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness,
brotherly kindness and love” (NIV). 1 Peter 4:8 urges us to “love each
other unfailingly and deeply” (NIV). These things make us fruitful in
the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ (Philippians 4:8; 1 Timothy 1:5;
Titus 2:5; Hebrews 7:26, 13:4; 1 Peter 5:8).
- To be a faithful participant at church and at the college
chapels so that worship of our Redeemer and Creator stay the central
part of our lives (Psalm 22:22-24; Hebrews 10:25).
- To maintain a concerned, professional, positive relationship with
students and to avoid any form of racism, exploitation, abuse or
harassment toward any member of the college family, thus becoming a
co-worker with God in Christ as He brings His people to maturity
(Matthew 20:25; Galatians 6:2; I Corinthians 13:4; 1 Thessalonians 5:15;
2 Timothy 2:24).
- To recognize that the College community and the Church take a
strong position against abortion and see human life as sacred in all
instances. Faculty and staff are expected to support this position in
statements or conversations with students (Genesis 1:26-28, 5:1-3,
9:6; Ecclesiastes 11:5; Galatians 3:26-28; Ephesians 4:24; Colossians
- To be sexually pure. To avoid any form of sexual activity which
the Scripture prohibits, including sexual intercourse outside of
marriage or unfaithfulness within marriage. (1 Corinthians 6:9-11;
Hebrews 13:4). In fact, to escape the corruption that is in the world
and become partakers of God’s character (1 Peter 1:4).
- To avoid lying and profane language so that our speech may be
pure, uplifting and honest, and to avoid attitudes and actions which God
condemns as sinful (Proverbs 6:16-19), both toward God and toward other
persons (1 Timothy 4:12; Titus 2:7; Colossians 3:23-24; 1 Thessalonians
- To recognize that our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit (1
Corinthians 6:19-20) and to abstain from any kind of substance abuse
(Proverbs 20:4, 23:20, 31:4; 2 Peter 2:19-20).
- To do one’s best to use the resources of creation and of Bethel
College in a way that is positive and constructive, demonstrating a
responsible stewardship of what has been graciously given to us (Genesis
1:28, 6:12; Revelation 11:18).