Chapel Service is the time of the day when all students and faculty gather together as a community. This devotional time gives opportunity to hear, ponder, and benefit from the teachings and events of the Bible. A time for a devotional response through prayers, hymns, etc., is also provided. All students are encouraged to attend chapel service daily, which lasts from 10:00–10:15 a.m. when classes are in session.
Every Wednesday from 5:30 – 6:00 p.m. a Vespers Service is held in the chapel. This service provides a nice break from studies and a time of spiritual refreshment during the middle of the week.
Bible studies will be conducted at times to be announced. These provide students with opportunities to hear, discuss, and raise questions about the teachings of God's word.
Sunday Worship Services
All of our students are cordially invited to attend regularly the services of our college churches, Mt. Olive Lutheran, located at the corner of Marsh and McConnell Streets, a few blocks east of the campus or Peace Lutheran Church located in Upper North Mankato. Services at Mt. Olive are 8:30 and 10:45 a.m. Mt. Olive also offers an adult Bible study between services beginning at 9:45. Peace Lutheran services begin at 8 and 10:30 a.m. The pastors are willing to assist the students in their spiritual needs in any way possible. Mount Olive's office phone number is 507-345-4966. You may reach the pastor of Peace Lutheran at 507-385-1386. The Mankato area is also home to several other churches for worship.
Lutherans for Life
This student organization will sponsor activities that educate people about and promote the pro-life cause.
Christ in the Classroom
To promote spiritual life on campus, Bethany offers a number of religion courses (one is required each semester), daily chapel services, mid-week Vespers, informal Bible studies, and Christian student organizations. Students are encouraged to make the most of these opportunities so that when they leave Bethany, they will be equipped with a sound moral base, a sense of purpose, and an awareness of what is truly important in life.
The One Thing Needful
As a Christian institution, Bethany Lutheran College places utmost importance on spiritual affairs. It is the belief of the college that the Word of God is the "One Thing Needful" – it is the foundation on which Bethany stands.
Bethany's academic and extracurricular programs are infused with the Gospel of Christ. Course material is taught through the Christian worldview. Daily services, weekly vespers services, and other opportunities for worship are held in Bethany's beautiful Trinity Chapel. The choirs proclaim His good news in song.
Do I have to be Lutheran to attend Bethany?
No. Bethany accepts students from all faiths and students who profess no faith at all. Most Christian faiths are represented on the campus, and approximately 75% of our students are Lutheran.
As a student, do I have to attend chapel?
All students are encouraged, but not required, to attend chapel. The only academic religion requirements we have at Bethany are that all full-time underclassmen take a two-credit religion course each semester. Upperclassmen must take one three-credit course each year.