The purpose of United Methodist annual conferences is to make disciples of Jesus Christ by equipping their local congregations for ministry and by providing a connection for ministry beyond the local church, all to the glory of God. The Minnesota Annual Conference leads in this through what it identifies as its "Gospel Imperatives": Grow in Love of God and Neighbor (the Great Commandment, Matthew 22:37-40), Reach New People (the Great Commission, Matthew 28:19-20), and Heal a Broken World (the Great Proclamation, Luke 4:16-21). Our Journey Toward Vitality is a strategic road map that outlines the paths we're taking to achieve our mission.
Starting new United Methodist faith communities and helping existing congregations reach out to their mission fields are the two primary ways that the conference helps churches to reach new people.
Connecting churches to the ministries and resources of the United Methodist Church and enabling them to support these ministries are among the ways that the annual conference provides a connection for ministry beyond the local church.
The Minnesota Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church is the regional organization of United Methodist congregations in Minnesota. The United Methodist Church is the third-largest Christian body in the United States.
The annual conference offices are located at 122 W. Franklin Ave., Suite 400, Minneapolis, MN 55404; telephone: (612) 870-0058.
The churches of the annual conference are organized into five geographic districts: Big Waters, North Star, River Valley, Southern Prairie, and Twin Cities. Each district has a district superintendent appointed to oversee churches and pastors in the district.
Every year, lay people and clergy come together for an annual conference session, where they determine mission priorities, ordain ministers, hear challenges to grow in faith and witness, and celebrate how they have brought God's love to others in Minnesota and around the world.
The Minnesota Conference celebrated its 160th anniversary in 2016.
The Minnesota Conference was founded in 1856 though the work began earlier in 1837 with missions to Native Americans and pioneers.
Forerunners of United Methodism in Minnesota include the Methodist Episcopal Church (1856), the Church of the United Brethren in Christ (1857) and the Evangelical Church (1868) and encompassed several language groups in the early years besides English: German, Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, and Finnish. Today we include Korean, Hmong, and Spanish speakers.
Early outreach focused on establishing congregations but also educational institutions, principally the founding of Hamline University in 1854. Beginning in the late 19th century and into the 20th, we established many mission projects in our state, country, and the world.
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Contact Director of Communications Christa Meland (612-230-6132) if you seek more background information on the Minnesota Annual Conference. If you are a reporter on deadline or have an urgent matter outside of regular business hours, call her on her cell phone at 612-599-2023.
Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church