Ministry Today 21: Bethel Church

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Healing miracles are regularly manifesting at Bethel Church in Redding, Calif. (Facebook)


At Bethel Church Redding, Senior Pastor Bill Johnson and his son, campus Senior Leader Eric Johnson, believe in the power of miraculous healing. In fact, it's probably safe to say nearly everyone at the congregation in Redding, Calif., believes this too.

Why wouldn't they? The church known worldwide as the birthplace of the Jesus Culture phenomenon is also the location—perhaps even the American epicenter—of innumerable instances of what many believe are actual physical healings and other miracles.

"We are seeing the miraculous happen often—on the streets, in businesses, in hospitals and at the church," Eric Johnson says. "It's one of our mandates—to raise up a generation of people who believe in the impossible. People are taking risks. They believe in the impossible. They believe God wants them to heal every person they come in contact with. They are taking great risks and contending for breakthrough."

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Youth pastor Tom Crandall says he believes the "thousands and thousands" of healings at Bethel are part of God's promise in Acts 2:17 to pour out his Holy Spirit in the last days. He notes this manifestation of the Spirit's power comes as the church is aligning itself with contemporary prophet Bob Jones' belief in a last days "billion soul harvest."

"The billion soul harvest is a prophetic word that Bob Jones had," Crandall says. "We believe that God has given a prophetic word that a billion souls are going to come into His kingdom. If we are going to have 1 billion souls come to the Lord, we are going to need 100 million leaders to help facilitate a billion-soul harvest."

This culture of revival and physical healings at Bethel has been ongoing for nearly two decades and has transformed the former Assemblies of God congregation into a church with a global impact.

The church's most famous ministry is Jesus Culture, an international Christian revivalist youth ministry. First launched in 1999 as a local youth conference, the ministry has expanded rapidly in the years since. The ministry—which operates the popular record label, Jesus Culture Music—is a "movement with the purpose to ignite revival in the nations of the earth."

In recent years, the church has become well known for countless reports of physical healings. The church offers the Healing Room ministry, which is mainly held on Saturday mornings and involves hundreds of volunteers from the church, Eric Johnson says.

Crandall says thousands of physical healings have occurred.

"There are crazy miracles that happen," Crandall says. "There is not a week that goes by that I don't hear about somebody getting healed of cancer and other diseases somewhere in the world that is connected to us. Miracles, signs and wonders are not a Bethel thing. It's a kingdom of God thing. It's available to all who will believe God and take risks."

Another ministry at Bethel is Sozo, which is focused on helping people get well in the areas of inner healing, Eric Johnson says.

"We have a campus that is called Transformation Center here in Redding that people from all over are able to come and receive this kind of help and care," Johnson says. "Transformation Center houses numerous avenues of helping people get well in various conditions and situations."

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