Bethany Christian Church
Disciples of Christ
1645 North Cotner Blvd.
Lincoln, Nebraska 68505
Ciao! Daryl Lauber, Senior Minister, is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Kansas and a Master of Divinity from Phillips Theological Seminary, Tulsa, Oklahoma. Daryl is married to Kris Lauber, a native of Saint Louis. Their passions include anything Italian, early church history and archaeology, Cardinals baseball and concretes at Ted Drewes.
Bethany Christian Church
Come join us online for live streamed virtual worship every Sunday at 10:30am! The above link will take you to our Facebook page where we hold our services.
Sunday School for children and adults would normally begin at 9:30am (September to May), and we're excited to resume once we're able to.
Our church welcomes people to come together, share their stories and grow in relationship to God. Our quest is to connect people to each other and the needs of the world around us; to evolve in a vision of what it means to be a faithful of follower of Jesus Christ in the 21st century; and to engage in the work of transforming our lives and the world. In an environment of hospitality and acceptance, all people are made to feel welcomed and needed, and are encouraged to discover and share their gifts in service to others.
A variety of Christian education experiences are offered for all ages. We are blessed with a staff of faithful volunteer teachers and leaders who are dedicated to God and the mission of the church, and who care about persons and their growth as postmodern disciples of Jesus Christ.
Whether you are curious about the Christian faith, or a new or long time member of the church, we invite you to come and grow spiritually here at Bethany.
We are a member congregation of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). We are an open church – open to helping each other grow by sharing our doubts as well as our faith, our fears as well as our hopes. We believe that real spiritual growth is possible only in an atmosphere of acceptance, love and support.
We are people of every background and theology who gather together to worship. We are bound together in fellowship and service by belief that Jesus is the Christ, the Savior of the world. On all other matters the church recognizes the right of its members to freedom of opinion.
We readily welcome people from all backgrounds and denominations.
As you are all well aware by now COVID-19 is spreading and government agencies have called for social distancing. Based on the rate of the spread and news reports from around the globe, we are offering online services (tap on the link at the top of this page) in an effort to stay ahead of the curve and be proactive with our community . We will resume in person services when it is deemed safe for everyone. We truly care about the health of each and every one of our members and their families, which is why we have decided to take this step. The office is open during regular hours. If you have a need, please phone us. If you do come to the church, masks are required to enter the building. Together we can get through this.
Where we started
In November 1889, students and faculty of Cotner University along with many Bethany residents met to conduct the first worship service of the Christian Church of Bethany. On January 2, 1890, the new church moved into a newly completed dormitory on the Cotner campus with Dr. William P. Aylsworth, Chancellor of Cotner University, as its pastor. Upon completion of the college chapel that same year, the church moved into the home it was to occupy for the next 18 years.
Plans were made for a church building of its own apart from Cotner University. The new structure was dedicated the first Sunday in October of 1908 and stood on the same location as the present church. It seated 1,500 worshipers and was one of the largest and most magnificent religious buildings in the state. It housed the Bethany congregation until November 20, 1928, when it was destroyed by fire. Immediately the congregation decided to rebuild, in spite of the Great Depression. On March 22, 1931 the formal dedication of the present Bethany Christian Church was celebrated. Within two years, Cotner University closed the nearby campus and relocated across from the UNL East campus.
The Easter Pageant, "Cross Triumphant", was given birth in 1939 by Faythe Leavitt, former Cotner professor, and performed during Holy Week for 38 years.
Shaped by the history of generations past, empowered by a vision of God's peace, we are called to bring light and life to our world!
Who we are
Are you looking for a faith community? Consider Bethany Christian Church. We are a congregation of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) whose mission is "to be and to share the Good News of Jesus Christ, witnessing, loving and serving from our doorsteps 'to the ends of the earth' (Acts 1:8)." We practice:
Inclusion. Disciples seek to provide a welcoming space in which our language and practices encourage inclusion. We are committed to promoting a fair and just environment for all ages, social classes, cultures, gender identities, and differing abilities.
Diversity of opinion. Disciples are called together around one essential of faith: a belief centered around the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. Persons are free to follow their consciences, guided by the Spirit, and find more grace in the search for understanding than in dogma and creeds. Perhaps there is more value in questions than in absolutes.
Importance of church unity. All Christians are called to equip one another for the work God calls us to do: striving for peace and justice among all people. The way we behave toward one another and all God's creatures is the fullest expression of what we believe.
Open Communion. The Lord's Supper, or Communion, is celebrated weekly and open to all. We understand the sharing of bread and cup in Jesus' name to be a representation of an ancient vision of God's feast for all people.
Baptism by immersion. Baptism is a sign of God's grace in Jesus Christ, and a promise to live in faithful response to that grace. A person's decision to be baptized marks the formal beginning of a lifelong journey with God through the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. While Disciples practice baptism by immersion, other forms of baptism such as infant baptism are seen as valid and not barriers to membership in the body of Christ.