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.
The most important effort right now has been to accumulate more comprehensive information about United Methodist ministries on campuses across the state and then to see where the team might intentionally focus time, energy, and resources to launch the next significant United Methodist campus ministry program in Minnesota.
The team is also excited to hear about the work being done by Hilltop UMC in Mankato to launch a Wesley Foundation and continues to work with the church to offer support and guidance.
Chair: Rev. Dr. David Bard
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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