How do we fund ourselves?

Happily and voluntarily!

Together, the members and friends of the Bethelkirche carry with voluntary donations all activities of the Bethelkirche. We recommend the tenth as orientation. However, generally this bible word holds good for all:

So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.

As a church, we want to do good in the here and now with the means entrusted to us. With those, for example, we employ our full-time staff, purchase work materials for the various congregation groups, train our voluntary staff, support global aid projects on a regular basis, anually finance a position for a voluntary social year, maintain the buildings and infrastructure at the Forststraße Stuttgart, and much more.

  • Bethelkirche – at a glance
  • We are the Bethelkirche:
    The word "Bethel" is hebraic and means: house of God. It indicates our building. Our church shall be a place where people can live community with God and with each other.
    The word "Kirche" is German for "church". It indicates the people who enter the building. "Kirche" is derived from the Greek word "kyriaké" which means: that belongs to the Lord.
    We are an
    Evangelical Free Baptist Church:

    We are evangelic(al), because we want to pass on the Gospel, the good news of Jesus Christ and the love of God, to all people with words and actions. That means, the Bible and especially the New Testament are an important benchmark for our life. We believe that the Bible is an aid for our life – while being in private, with each other and with God.

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    The free choice of the individual is important. In our church only those people become members who decided for themselves to do so. Also as a local congregation, we are self-dependent, that means free of any church hierarchy.

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    Only people get baptized who decide for themselves to do so, and who believe with us in the God the Bible gives account of. This baptism, the believer's baptism, has given the Baptists their name. "Baptisma" is Greek for baptist.

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    "Alone you wither...". That's also valid for the faith. We don't want to live our faith alone, but celebrate together with God (worship service), learn from Jesus and follow him (as disciples), pass on the good news (evangelization), help other people (social welfare), and share our experiences, problems and joys with other people (community/congregation).