Congregational Development Ministry Team

This team is responsible for strategic planning and funding for new church starts and restarts within the Minnesota Conference.

Members look for areas in the state that lack a United Methodist presence and/or are ripe for a new faith community. New faith communities are planted to serve specific geographic areas, demographic audiences, and/or psychographic groups (examples would be those in recovery or homeless youth).

The team also decides each year how to allocate the congregational development budget for new faith communities. Learn more about the conference’s new church starts

The group meets about once a month.


Chair: Rev. John Mitchem / 303-885-7883

Staff: Rev. Paul Marzahn / 952-469-7729

Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church

122 West Franklin Avenue, Suite 400 Minneapolis, MN 55404

(612) 870-0058