Stained glass windows in Trinity Chapel

Spiritual Life

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At the heart of Bethany’s mission are Christian faith and values.

A college education at Bethany is not just about mastering equations, conducting research, or critically analyzing a difficult problem. Beyond these academic principles are the Biblical truths that stand as the foundation for the Bethany education. While striving for academic excellence, Christianity is integrated into all instruction on our campus.

It is the conviction of Bethany Lutheran College that the Bible in its entirety is the inerrant, inspired and powerful word of God, which explains, offers and gives salvation through faith in Jesus Christ and is the sole authority for faith and life. It is also our hope that all students will have this same conviction as their own. In order to encourage and strengthen this conviction, Bethany provides a number of spiritual life services to which all students are invited. If you have questions regarding any aspect of spiritual life on campus, please talk to our Chaplain.

Chapel Service

All students are welcomed and encouraged to attend our daily Chapel Service in Trinity Chapel. The service is held at 10 a.m. each day that classes are in session. During this fifteen-minute service, the Bethany community gathers in worship to learn from the teachings and events of the Bible, sing hymns, and pray together. See our Chapelcast page for video and audio archives of services.

Vespers Service

Every Wednesday evening during the academic year, 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

Bible studies are conducted at regularly scheduled times and locations announced by the Chaplain via email and daily bulletin. These provide students with opportunities to hear, discuss, and raise questions about the teachings of God’s Word.

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.

Christ in Media

Bethany’s Christ in Media Institute promotes research and education focused on employing God’s gift of mass media to bring the pure Gospel message to vast audiences both in the US and abroad.

Christian Apologetics

In partnership with the Apologetics Committee of the Evangelical Lutheran Synod, Bethany Lutheran College sponsors a variety of opportunities for students to discover that Christianity is simultaneously a matter of faith and a matter of fact. Visit the Christian Apologetics page.

The One Thing Needful

Bethany Lutheran College SealAs 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.

Worship at Area Churches

All our students are cordially invited to attend regularly the services of our college churches, Mt. Olive Lutheran in Mankato and Peace Lutheran in North Mankato. The pastors are willing to assist the students in their spiritual needs in any way.

Mt. Olive Lutheran Church
1123 Marsh St, Mankato, MN 56001 (a few blocks east of campus)

Peace Lutheran Church
2090 Commerce Dr, North Mankato, MN 56003

If you prefer to worship elsewhere, a list of area churches is available from the Chaplain, or search online.

Upcoming Worship Events

Past Events

Our faith is central to many of the events that happen here at Bethany. Here’s a selection of recent happenings: