Higher Education Ministry Team

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 Higher Education team meets four times per year to connect campus ministry and congregational leaders working with college students across the Conference and to make decisions about funds available to the group to use in support of campus ministries. 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.

Read Higher Education Action Team Report to the Minnesota Annual Conference, 2020

Find agendas and elected team members for the Higher Education Ministry Team.

Learn about the campus ministries at colleges and universities across Minnesota.

2021 Meeting Schedule: 2rd Mondays 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

  • Nov. 9  - full team       
  • Feb. 8 - full team
  • May 10 - Grant Review Team only
  • Aug. 9 - full team

The Higher Education Ministry Grants assist campus ministry units and congregations in ministry with college students with financial needs. In recent years, grants have been awarded to campus ministries at the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities Wesley Foundation, Minnesota State University–Mankato Wesley Foundation, and University of Minnesota–Duluth United Campus Ministries. Learn more about the grants below.

Higher Education Ministry Grant

The Minnesota Annual Conference Higher Education Ministry Team has limited funding available 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. 

Grants are awarded for one year, with renewal possible but not guaranteed for up to two additional years, and usually for declining amounts encouraging self-sufficiency of the ministry.  Application deadline is June 1; notification will be made in July and money disbursed in August.

2022 Grant Applications

Questions about this grant can be directed to Gail Johnson, on behalf of the granting team.


Chair: Rev. Lauren Rheingans

lbrheingans@gmail.com / (651) 815-7026

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