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For those who’ve heard God’s call to leadership, we’re here to make the journey with you, connecting you with what you need to flourish as difference-makers. That’s our commitment as the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry. GBHEM.

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United Methodist Student Movement

The first Methodist Student Movement (MSM) was established in St. Louis, Missouri in 1937 and its last conference was held in Lincoln, Nebraska in 1965. National student leadership continued to gather for training known as Student Forums. These conferences were held each year from 1996 to 2011. Due to the success of Student Forum, in 1996 The United Methodist Student Movement was created.

UMSM is a an open global network of students connected to The United Methodist Church through their college, local church, campus ministry, or university; who are interested in growing together in discipleship, faith and leadership development.

Beginning in 2012, NEXT became the biennial student leadership development conference of the UMSM. This conference challenges and inspires students to consider and plan the next faithful steps in their vocations, communities, the church, and the world. College students are encouraged to attend and learn how to put their faith, gifts, talents, and skills into action.

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Find you Place with Collegiate Ministry

Find a Ministry on Your Campus

Heading to college soon and looking for a UM Ministry on your future campus? Already at college and looking to connect with other Christians on your campus and haven’t yet? Looking for a place to plug in, grow in faith, experience life in a meaningful way with others, and have a little fun during your years in College? Find a Wesley Foundation, Wesley Fellowship, or other UM Campus Ministry HERE.

Internships, Mission Trips, Summer Jobs, and events, Oh My!

All around the world, there are opportunities for college students to grow in faith and leadership development. If you are exploring ordained ministry, looking for opportunities to live out your faith on summer break, just need a job and want to do something meaningful, or maybe looking for a way to use your major and talents for God’s glory. Do not miss out!

Need Help Paying for School?

The United Methodist Church is dedicated to the pursuit of higher education and it’s accessibility to all. There are many scholarship opportunities through United Methodist Loans and Scholarships, your local church, and through United Methodist affiliated schools, colleges and universities. Do not let your financial situation stop you from from going to college.

“I am grateful for Campus Ministry at LaGrange College because we connect on deeper levels during fellowship, worship, and growing in the spirit. The ministry at LaGrange College has Challenged my Mind and Inspired my Soul.” Asti White @ LaGrange College 2017