Bethel Church (Californie) and Jesus Culture:
Bethel Church was established in Redding, California as an Assemblies of God congregation in 1954, and has since grown to an estimated weekly attendance of over 3,000 people.
On February 1996, the congregation invited Bill Johnson from Weaverville, California to lead the congregation. Pastor Bill Johnson only had one stipulation before he was voted in; that the message would always be about revival and that the subject of revival would never change. He received unanimous approval by the congregation and the church board. As a supernatural revival began to break out shortly after Bill’s arrival, people began to change their minds. People in the congregation began laughing and falling over under the power of God during church services. Many people in the congregation had a different definition of what revival was supposed to be. A mass exodus took place shortly after manifestations began happening. An estimated 1,000 people left the church and the two Sunday services were reduced to one. From 1996-1997, Bethel Church saw very little church growth.
In the fall of 1997, Bethel Church began Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry (BSSM) under the direction of Kris Vallotton, the Senior Associate Pastor. Five years after BSSM started, the church has experienced tremendous growth. The school brings in over 1,200 students each year from all over the world.
In January 2006, the membership of Bethel Church of Redding voted to withdraw the church’s affiliation with the Assemblies of God. In a letter Johnson points out that this action was « …not a reaction to conflict but a response to a call… we feel called to create a network that helps other networks thrive — to be one of many ongoing catalysts in this continuing revival. Our call feels unique enough theologically and practically from the call on the Assemblies of God that this change is appropriate. »
Musique : « Jesus Culture » of Bethel Church:
Jesus Culture is a Christian youth outreach ministry that hosts three conferences in Redding, California every year, as well as in Atlanta, Las Vegas, Dallas, Cleveland, as well as Australia and England. The conferences bring thousands of young people from around the world to the host cities.
Jesus Culture began in the summer of 1999, when the youth group at Bethel Church in Redding, California, led by Banning Liebscher, launched the first Jesus Culture conference. The ministry has been called « one of the most significant Christian movements in post-war America ».
According to Jesus Culture’s website, « The heart of these gatherings was to serve other churches and lead young people to experience the radical love of God. At each conference there was a strong presence of the Lord, and the youth and young adults were going back to their homes, schools, work places and churches, completely impassioned and transformed…It soon became very clear to us that worship was to be a significant part of our movement. Kim Walker-Smith, Chris Quilala, and Melissa How were worship leaders at our local youth group, and the Lord began to use them to bring an entire generation into whole-hearted worship. »
Jesus Culture currently hold conferences in Redding, Orange County, Dallas/Ft Worth, Chicago, Atlanta, and multiple cities through Australia and England. Jesus Culture Music and Campus Awakening have been inspired and birthed out of Jesus Culture
Worship has always played a significant part of the Jesus Culture movement. Kim Walker, Chris Quilala, and Melissa How were worship leaders at Bethel Church’s youth group, and are the core of the Jesus Culture Band.and to encounter His extravagant love and raw power. » Jesus Culture states the purpose of music in their movement is to « ignite revival in the nations of the earth…compel the Body of Christ to radically abandon itself to a lifestyle of worship, motivated by a passion to see God receive the glory that is due His name…
Australian songwriter and worship leader Darlene Zschech is a notable supporter, recently stating her opinion through her Twitter account. « Jesus Culture…a must have for all those who love worship. My soul is inspired, my spirit is soaring. Jesus is everything. » Songs written by Jesus Culture worship leaders are also attracting international attention. Kim Walker’s cover of the John Mark McMillan song, How He Loves Us, has received over three million hits on YouTube.
Soirées à Bethel….