Old Bethel Church
Facilitator: Roger Graham

Old Bethel was the first protestant church west of the Mississippi. It ceased to exist by 1867 and its structure was rebuilt in 2009 on the original site as a reminder to all churches of the reason they exist lest they forget: 

"In 1824, a new association was formed out of Bethel Association, and was called the Cape Girardeau Association. Since Bethel Association, being led by Old Bethel,  had refused to connect themselves with any missionary organization, the ten churches that formed the Cape Girardeau Association felt it necessary to establish the new association.

During the years from 1806 until 1832, Bethel Church and the Cape Girardeau Association thrived. Beginning around that time, the association began to split into the pro- and anti-mission factions, and by 1840, the eight pro-missions churches withdrew and founded another association, leaving Bethel Church behind with their anti- missions sentiments. The church withdrew fellowship from several members during that time for supporting missions activities. The church continued insulating themselves from any but those who agreed with their stance." (http://baptistparchments.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/heartlinefall2005.pdf) 

The Cape Girardeau Baptist Association wanted to ensure their member churches understood the importance of engaging in the Great Commission commanded by Jesus in Matthew 28:18-20 so they crafted their Constitution Mission Statement in Artice II to read "As a community of churches embracing the inerrancy of the Bible, we shall assist one another as we partner together in carrying out God's Great Commission." Our forefathers were not content to only send money to a mission agency but chose to engage together in the task of taking the gospel to all the peoples of the earth.  The churches of the association today share that conviction and Old Bethel provides a physical witness of the hazards of abanding that conviction.

If you would like to tour Old Bethel or perhaps hold an event there, please contact our Association Office.

For directions to Old Bethel in Jackson MO, please Click Here

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