The mission vision statement of 1998 defined Bethlehem spirituality in its historically developed elements:

the spirit of childship
the spirit of simplicity
the spirit of kenosis
the spirit of missionary presence
the spirit of brotherliness.

The basic convictions are adhered to in the prologue and epilogue:

“God has loved us first.” (1 Joh 4, 19) “He gives us a future.”

“Mission is first of all God’s working in the world…
We hold on firmly to the vision of the coming of God’s kingdom.”

After the BMI separated itself in 2011 from the SMB as an autonomous development organisation with its own mission vision statement, the General Chapter of 2013, decided to authorize – with a few changes – the mission vision statement of 1998 as Mission Vision Statement 2013.