Youth & Young Adult

The Minnesota Conference is committed to reaching and discipling the next generation, and there are a variety of opportunities for youth and young adults from throughout the conference to grow in their faith.

Youth ministries

The conference’s Youth Ministry Team organizes events that connect United Methodist youth from across the state and that encourage and equip them to become leaders in their churches and spur positive change in their communities. 

Here’s the schedule of events for 2017-2018:

The Event 2017

Nov. 3-5, Craguns Resort, Brainerd

Join other fifth- through ninth-grade Minnesota United Methodists from across the state for a weekend full of fun, music, games, discovery, activities, quiet time, art, science, excitement, Jesus, gym time, candy, reflection, laughter, service, pool time, food, Bible time, friendships, learning, God, dancing, prayer, silliness, Communion, and more. The theme is "Named and Claimed." Click here to register / Download information sheetDownload event poster

Confirmation Gathering

March 2-3, 2017

Stay tuned for more information coming soon.  This gathering will take place in the Twin Cities.

Youth leadership internship

This year, students in grades 10-12 are invited to apply for a youth leadership internship! Selected interns will assist at The Event, where they will have the opportunity to get hands-on ministry and leadership experience in a variety of ways throughout the weekend. Applications are due Oct. 3, and leadership interns must arrive at Craguns by 4 p.m. Nov. 3. Download internship application

Connect with other youth leaders and volunteers!

Facebook: MNUMC Youth


Chair of Youth Ministry team: Rev. Erica Koser | (507) 225-6376

Young adult ministries

The Minnesota Conference’s Higher Education Ministry Action Team, in covenant with local churches, equips and empowers campus ministries and chaplaincies to build and cultivate Christian community.

Students attending college are highly encouraged to consider a campus ministry or chaplaincy community as the next step in their faith journey. Campus ministries are places for questioning, doubting, learning, practicing leadership, and being in mission to benefit the community and the world. Students involved in Minnesota United Methodist campus ministries experience college through the lens of faith and explore their vocation through worship, study, service, and justice.

Campus ministers and chaplains provide an extension of the local church on the college campus, thus bringing United Methodist values to a college setting, and especially to students participating in campus ministry and chaplaincy programs. The two primary campus ministries in Minnesota are:

Campus ministry: Gopher Wesley Foundation, University of Minnesota

1219 University Ave. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

This United Methodist-related campus ministry, dedicated to welcoming all persons, is a community of faith that seeks to practice justice and cross-faith traditions and to create a world of tolerance and compassion for all persons. Gopher Wesley provides direction of spiritual formation and community for college students on the U of M campus through worship, Bible and book study, and retreat.

Contact: Rev. J. Cody Nielsen | (319) 759-9688

Chaplaincy: Wesley Center for Spirituality, Service, and Social Justice, Hamline University
1536 Hewitte Ave. MS A-1735
St. Paul, MN 55104

The Wesley Center’s mission is to connect the pursuit of the common good with growth of the whole person through compassionate action and courageous reflection. The center provides opportunities to explore interfaith perspectives and grow in your own spirituality, serve others, and work with others for social justice in our communities.

Contact: Rev. Nancy Victorin-Vangerud, Ph.D. | (651) 523-2750

Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church

122 West Franklin Avenue, Suite 400 Minneapolis, MN 55404

(612) 870-0058