Our ministries support our three imperatives: Reach new people (the Great Commission), cultivate spiritual vitality (the Great Commandment), and heal a broken world. The work of our volunteer teams and commissions and our staff help Minnesota United Methodists follow these imperatives in our churches--where followers of Christ are nurtured and sent out to transform the world.
Conference Lay Leader
Bob Cutter and Nancy Beard are co-conference lay leaders, hosts of the Common Table. The Common Table meets several times a year to direct the ministry of the conference between sessions. The lay leader(s) advise the bishop and conference leaders and staff as they develop conference-wide ministries.
Minnesota Annual Conference ministries are lead by lay and clergy people from around the state. Action teams focus on specific concerns under Missions, Discipleship, Finance and Administration, Communications, or Appointed (Clergy) Leadership. Representatives meet several times a year as the Common Table.
The Minnesota Annual Conference offers two annual gatherings for youth: UMYs (United Methodist Youth), for youth in grades nine through twelve, and JUMYs (Junior United Methodist Youth), for youth in fifth through eighth grades. Contact the Camping and Retreats ministry area for more information about Minnesota Conference youth ministry.
Alternative Christmas Giving
As the Advent and Christmas seasons approach, many United Methodists strive for a Christmas that truly honors the birth of Jesus. One way of responding to Christ’s command to feed the hungry and care for the sick is through giving alternative Christmas gifts, in which we contribute to a worthy cause in honor of our loved ones. A bulletin insert with an order form are available for your use. We have included giving suggestions and instructions for your church treasurer. Your mission/outreach team can also print copies of the alternative giving Christmas card if desired. Both items are available for download under "Related Resources."
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