Frequently Asked Questions

 
Q: How long are services?
A: Approximately 60-70 minutes long. We meet at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. each Sunday (Central Time).
 
Q: How often does Bethel CRC celebrate communion?
A: We currently celebrate communion 5-7 times per year. Communion is normally celebrated on the second Sundays of March, June, September and December as well as on Good Friday and at various times where it best fits the biblical content of the message.
 
Q: What is the preaching/worship style?
A: We are "people of the Book," which simply means that our teaching is Biblically-based and the unifying center of our worship experience. Our worship style is more traditional, incorporating a historic Reformed liturgy with a diversity of traditional hymns and modern songs. Although piano and organ provide most instrumentation, worship teams lead us in worship twice/month. Click here to listen to our past and current sermon series.
 
We recognize that Bethel CRC may not be the church for everyone. Biblical community is very important to us and if Bethel CRC is not a good fit for you or your family, we want to help you find a church home. There are many fantastic, Gospel-centered churches in the Sioux Center and we'd be happy to point you in a direction that might be a better fit for you. Please contact us so that we can help!
 
Q: How many people attend Bethel CRC?
A: We currently average about 530-670 in attendance each weekend. In a church this big, it is important to find deep spiritual community within the larger worshipping community. We suggest you consider getting connected with a smaller “Care and Concern” pastoral group as well as one of a variety of Bible studies to experience true, biblical community at Bethel CRC.
 
Q: Do I need to dress up?
A: Bethel CRC worship services are an eclectic dress environment. From slacks and dress-shirts to shorts and flip-flops, we have quite a variety of styles here. All are welcome!
 
Q: What is the pastor like?
A: Our lead Pastor John Lee and his wife Mary Jo have both been involved in missions in Latin America and are deeply committed to engaging the Gospel of Jesus Christ with people from all walks of life. His roots are in dairy farming and his preaching style is exegetical and conversational. Learn more about Pastor John here.
 
Q: What do you believe?
A: We are a church in the historic Reformed tradition of the Christian Faith. We rejoice in a Triune God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – who made the world in beauty, engaged a broken world in covenantal love, and redeemed that world in Jesus Christ. That same sovereign Lord now calls His church to be agents of reconciliation and renewal as we await the consummation of God’s Kingdom. In this Gospel hope we worship, work, and witness. Find more information about what we believe here: Who We Are :  Beliefs & Practices
 
Q: How do I get connected?
A: There are many ways to get connected at Bethel CRC. A great first step is to attend a Sunday service and drop by the Welcome Center for more info and to meet with a member of our hospitality team. You could also meet with a pastor or a member of our hospitality team. For information on Bible studies and opportunities to serve, click here.

Q: What do you offer for my kids?
A: Worship at Bethel CRC is intergenerational with many young families growing together in Christ. We have new nursery facilities for infants and toddlers ages 0-3. We also offer the option of a separate Children-in-Worship experience for kids ages 3-5 during the morning services September-May.
 
We also have Sunday School for Preschool (age 3) through 12th Grade meets from 11:15 a.m.-12 p.m. (noon) every Sunday morning September-May in a newly built educational wing. We have a full-time Youth Director and a dedicated community of adult volunteers offering midweek ministries for girls (GEMS) and boys (Cadets) from 4th- 8th grade as well as an active Junior High Youth Group and a  High School Youth Group. 
 
Q: How is the church organized?
A: Locally we have a Council of servant leaders consisting of 11 elders and 10 deacons elected to staggered three-year terms who oversee the ministries of the church and its staff. All members of the church belong to one of eleven “Care and Concern” pastoral groups lead by an elder, a deacon and a group coordinator. Nationally, we are a member of the Christian Reformed Church in North America. Meet our staff here.