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Bethel Church: God, The Bad, and The Ugly

Kris Vallotton, a senior leader at Bethel Church in Redding, Calif., discusses the church’s successes, failures and addresses its criticisms

There has been much written about Bethel Church in Redding, Calif., and the movement that we have had the privilege of being a part for more than three decades. Most of what has been said about us is positive. But a small yet influential coalition of people have shared negative reports about us.


These reports often include words such as controversial, unbalanced or even the word cult to describe us. To be frank, I can understand why certain religious leaders or unbelievers might view us through these perspectives. We certainly have made our share of mistakes, both as a leadership team and those who follow us. And we have such a high value for freedom and risk that it has created a kind of “research and development” culture where people are encouraged to take risks. I think this stems from the fact that we view ourselves much more as pioneers than settlers. Therefore, we celebrate creativity, revelation, invention and innovation above comfort, safety and security.

This R&D culture has attracted some of the most wonderful and extraordinary individuals on the planet. Of course, we’ve also managed to draw some very broken and strange people. It’s important to remember, however, that there are some really weird and broken people mentioned in the Bible who God used powerfully. Unique guys such as John the Baptist, Ezekiel and Hosea come to mind, as well as messed-up people such as Rahab and Samson. read more

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Christians and the Digital Revolution

Is your ministry struggling to keep up with the current media trends? Do you feel as though you are competing with the media? Then check out what Christian media consultant Phil Cooke has to say about the church embracing the new media revolution. read more

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Many know popular televangelist Joyce Meyer from her television and radio broadcasts. But not many see the humanitarian work she does off camera. Watch the video below to see more about Hand of Hope. read more

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Jesus also had to pray painful prayers. Find out how you should pray in times of trouble? read more

Christians and the Digital Revolution

Is your ministry struggling to keep up with the current media trends? Do you feel as though you are competing with the media? Then check out what Christian media consultant Phil Cooke has to say about the church embracing the new media revolution. read more

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Watch a behind-the-scenes video from Charisma’s documentary on how the church is bringing hope and healing amid racial tension in Sanford, Fla. read more

Marketplace Christians

Join Mike Bickle, founder of the International House of Prayer, KC, as he leads prayer for Christians in the marketplace. read more

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