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Global Outreach

Our global ministries exist to reach all tribes, tongues, peoples, and nations through delighting in and declaring the glory of Jesus Christ. Our aim is to nurture and train many to become zealous goers and to involve and educate all others to be zealous senders.

We have 14 Driving Convictions Behind Foreign Missions (Global Outreach) that shape how we aim to shepherd and equip those who feel called to go to the nations in a long-term capacity and how we provide opportunities for others to go in a short-term capacity. Currently we have more than 200 adults and more than 200 children (about 115 families and singles) serving in about 45 countries.

See our global partners  

Reflections From the Field Devotional

Global Focus 2021 highlighted the theme of “150 Years Among the Nations.” As we look back and celebrate God’s grace through missions at Bethlehem, the Global Outreach team is pleased to share a 40-day devotional written by our current global partners and others invested in missions. You can access a PDF online or pick up a copy (one per household) at your campus. 

Pray & Connect

We encourage everyone to pray for our global partners—prayer is one of the most important aspects of global outreach!

  • Pray for our “Global Partner of the Week” using prayer requests shared in the Worship Folder at the weekend services.
  • Pick up a Global Partner Prayer Calendar at the Welcome Desk to pray for all of our global partners. 
  • Contact our global partners directly to receive prayer updates and newsletters from them. If you do write to our global partners, read through our guidelines for missions communication.

Women in Missions

Women are invited to attend monthly meetings (September–May) to pray for and hear updates from our global partners.

Global Diaconate

This team supports—physically, financially, and prayerfully—global mercy ministries among the suffering and poor around the globe.

Global Outreach (GO) Teams

Three campus-specific groups assist the elders in preparing, sending, and caring for our global partners. Each team meets to hear from global partners on home assignment or to evaluate prospective partners who have completed the Nurture Program. Members of our GO teams have a heart for supporting global partners in a significant way and have had cross-cultural experience themselves.

Nurture Program

This training program is for those who seek to be sent out by Bethlehem as global partners. We aim to help develop each individual’s character, knowledge, and skills through various classes, seminars, reading assignments, and participation in the life of the church.

The three levels of the Nurture Program, which together take approximately two years to complete, includes:

  • Level 1ensure relational connection and engagement in the life of discipleship at Bethlehem.
  • Level 2equip with knowledge, character, and skills for cross-cultural service.
  • Level 3connect each participant with a solid missions agency and the necessary support mechanisms for a life of cross-cultural ministry.

To learn more, come to an upcoming Nurture Program Orientation or contact Nick Whitehead (612-338-7653 x433).

Barnabas Teams

A Barnabas Team is a small group of 6–12 committed people who come together to care for a global partner or global partner family. The support and encouragement takes a variety of forms as they strive to help meet physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. It is a group of people with whom the global partner can be open and honest, allowing them to see his or her needs and to share in successes and defeats. If you are interested in joining a Barnabas Team, contact the Global Outreach department.

Ministry Trips

The short-term Ministry Trip experience is an excellent opportunity to participate in global outreach and grow as a follower of Christ with a heart for the nations.

  • Ministry Trip teams serve global partners and national ministries in a variety of ways
  • Club 4th Ministry Teams serve global partner children at missions conferences
  • Individual Trips are tailor-made ministry trips for Bethlehem members

View our remaining 2022 trips.


Downtown Campus  Brad Nelson (612-338-7653 x450)
Pastor for Global Outreach, Downtown

Downtown Campus  Krista Smith (612-338-7653 x438)
Administrative Assistant for Global Outreach, Downtown

North Campus  Nick Whitehead (612-338-7653 x433)
Ministerial Coordinator for Global Outreach, North