Bethany Christian Church Ministry Partners
Bethany Christian Church of Tulsa, Oklahoma partners with the following Denominational, local and ecumenical/inter-faith organizations as we seek to Live in the Way of Jesus. Our partners are listed alphabetically below.
ACTION: Allied Communities of Tulsa Inspiring Our Neighborhoods
Our Mission: To strengthen institutions, build power, and advocate change by acting collectively to improve our quality of life in the Tulsa area. Action teaches the practical skills of public engagement aimed at sustaining a vibrant democratic culture which builds the power necessary to effect change around issues that matter most to our families.
Church World Service (CWS)
Church World Service was founded in 1946 and is a cooperative ministry of 37 Christian denominations and communions, providing sustainable self-help, development, disaster relief, and refugee assistance around the world. Bethany Christian Church participates in the following programs of CWS:
CROP Hunger Walks are community-wide events sponsored by Church World Service and organized by local congregations or groups to raise funds to end hunger at home and around the world.
Blanket Sunday: Each year Bethany takes an offering for disaster relief blankets.
Day Center For the Homeless
We serve those who are experiencing or at risk for homelessness. Through our work, we treat both the symptoms and the causes of homelessness — pursuing a future where every Tulsan has a home.
Disciples LGBTQ+ Alliance
Disciples LGBTQ+ Alliance are members of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), called to join in God’s work of transforming the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) into a just and inclusive church that welcomes persons of all gender expressions and sexual identities into the full life and leadership of the church.
DMF (Disciples Mission Fund)
Operational Giving and Special Offerings
The mission funding system of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the US and Canada, as overseen by the General Board, is a pre-allocated means of offering gifts in support of region ministries, general ministries, and institutions of higher education. This system allows the Church to partner together for promotion and interpretation, and the receipting and distributing of gifts.
Where DMF gifts come from:
83% – Congregations
10% – Christian Church Foundation
5% – Disciples Women/CWF
1% – Blessing Boxes
1% – Individuals
Less than 1%: Church schools and youth groups
How DMF gifts are distributed:
49% – Regional Ministries
29% – General Ministries
9% – Higher Education Institutions
12% – Office of General Minister and President (OGMP)
1% – Other Ministries
Disciples Peace Fellowship
Disciples Peace Fellowship, of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is dedicated to the elimination of war and the Biblical principles of peace and justice. We serve as a voice to/for members of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) who long for peace and justice to be at the forefront of our teachings and witness.
DJAN (Disciples Justice Action Network)
DJAN is a grassroots network of individuals, congregations, and organizations within the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada, all working together to promote greater justice, peace, inclusion, celebration of diversity, and care for God’s creation in church and society.
Eastern Oklahoma Community Food Bank
The mission of the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma is to feed the hungry of eastern Oklahoma through a network of Partner Agencies and to engage our communities in ending hunger. Our vision is food security, with dignity, for all eastern Oklahomans. We are the largest private hunger-relief organization in eastern Oklahoma.
Fifth Sunday Outreach Services
Bethany members join in a service project for one of our Tulsa non-profits to provide supplies needed by the organization. This becomes part of our worship on fifth Sundays.
Grissom Elementary School
Bethany Christian Church is a Partner in Education with Grissom Elementary School.
Meals on Wheels
We provide independence. Delivering nutritious meals to people’s homes allows people who are homebound to live in their home with more independence.
Our volunteers do more than deliver. When we enter every home, we check that our recipients are healthy and happy and that their homes are operational and safe.
Delivering meals. Serving smiles. Like food for the body, human contact nourishes the soul. We spend quality time with our recipients – giving them company and peace of mind.
Oklahomans for Equality
OkEq seeks equal rights for LGBTQ+ individuals and families through intersectional advocacy, education, programs, alliances, and the operation of the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center.
PFLAG (Parents and Families of GLBTQ+ Persons)
Our Vision: PFLAG envisions a world where diversity is celebrated and all people are respected, valued, and affirmed inclusive of their sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.
Our Mission: to build on a foundation of loving families united with LGBTQ people and allies who support one another, and to educate ourselves and our communities to speak up as advocates until all hearts and minds respect, value and affirm LGBTQ people.
Identity statement: Phillips Theological Seminary offers theological education dedicated to learning the way of Jesus in order to cultivate vital congregations, communities, conversations, and the public good.
Mission statement: The seminary’s mission is to learn and teach how to be: attentive to God; responsible biblical and theological interpreters; faithful individuals, congregations, and communities acting with God to transform the world.
The Initiative called the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) to practice faithfulness with regard to the elimination of racism, which exists in all manifestations of the church, to discern the presence and nature of racism as sin, to develop strategies to eradicate it, and to work toward racial reconciliation.
Week of Compassion
As the relief, refugee, and development mission fund of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Week of Compassion works with partners to alleviate suffering throughout the world.