The Minnesota Conference Higher Education Ministry Team seeks to find ways to help college students encounter a God large enough to move from the Sunday School room to the college classroom, the college dorm, and the workplace. That means helping young people find out what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ as a young adult, making important life decisions.
The work of this team is described in great detail in paragraph 634 of The Book of Discipline, but the short version is that this team exists to support and coordinate work in campus ministry within the Minnesota conference, and to help connect campus ministries to local United Methodist congregations. The team meets four times per year to make decisions about funds available to the group to use in support of campus ministries. The team provides some significant annual support to the Wesley Foundation at the University of Minnesota and has also supported, in recent years, campus ministries at Minnesota State Moorhead and University of Minnesota-Duluth. The team discusses ways to make campus ministry more visible with Minnesota United Methodism and tries to help connect students to campus ministries in Minnesota.
Recently we launched a Higher Education Ministry Grant to assist campus ministry units and congregations in ministry with college students with financial needs. The intention is that grants will be awarded to new ministries or existing ministries engaged in new initiatives that demonstrate the potential, capacity and commitment to reach new people, grow in love of God and neighbor, and heal a broken world.
Funded ministries will address critical issues related to college students in their local context, with an eye toward spiritual development as a necessary component of academic, emotional, relational and personal development.
Chair: Rev. Mariah Furness Tollgaard
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Campus ministry contact: Rev. J. Cody Nielsen (ask him to be subscribed to campus e-newsletter)
Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church