What is a Task Force?
A Task Force team is a group of Bethel University students that travels outside the walls of Bethel University (typically internationally) for the purpose of serving in a short-term mission capacity.
What is the cost of a Task Force trip?
The cost of a Task Force trip varies depending on the location and year. Typically, a trip will range from $1,400-$2,200 per student.
How are Task Force locations selected?
Task Force locations are chosen in a variety of ways. Whether based on an established relationship that Bethel University has with a short-term mission organization or a missionary known by the university, we try to select locations that are not only of interest to students, but that also provide opportunities for high-levels of service and impact for participants and for those we serve.
Who can participate in a Task Force?
Any Bethel student is eligible to apply to be part of a Task Force team. Final approval will be given based on the student’s application, interview and standing with the Student Development Office (inclusive of residential and disciplinary issues, chapel attendance, and health concerns).
How does fundraising work for a Task Force team?
One way fundraising can be done is through sending out support letters. We provide official letterhead, envelopes and helpful instructions on how to effectively raise support. You are responsible for all postage and actually mailing your support letters. Fundraising can also be more informal through asking family members or friends on social media or in person. Another option would be to organize your own fundraiser to help get support for your trip. How you fundraise is up to you, but it can be as personal or creative as you would like. Gifts given toward your Task Force trip by donors are tax deductible.
Are gifts given toward my Task Force tax deductible?
Yes. Any gifts made directly to Bethel University and designated for your team will be tax deductible for the year in which they are given.
Can I pay for a Task Force on my school bill?
Trip costs cannot be put on student bill, but if there are course credits with the trip, those could be. Typically, trips for Semester Abroad or Summer in Spain can be paid on student bill.
How do I apply for a Task Force?
Log in to MyBethel
, join the Task Force Group, click on the “Apply Now!” link on the left hand banner, and click on the link: “Start New Application.”
Can I earn credit for a Task Force?
Most Task Force teams do not earn credit because the nature of the program is service. However, there may occasionally be a Summer Travel program that is offered in conjunction with a Task Force team.