Our Mission: To make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
Our Vision: We will grow in our love of God and neighbor, welcome new people and heal a broken world.
If you are looking for a church where people are open to new ideas, respectful of other faiths, welcoming of all people, and have great passion for serving the community, we think you will enjoy being part of the community that is Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church.
The church began in 1875 when an adult Sunday School class wanted to live out its beliefs. Determined to have a presence in the city, our founders reached out to their neighbors and got everyone involved in ministry – even raising money for the first ambulance at the hospital in town.
Today the story continues through ministries like Community Meals (which feeds over 250 people each month), the Dignity Center (an advocacy ministry to help people get a hand up rather than a hand out), Steeple People (a quality used goods store which donates all of its profits to other charitable organizations), and many other outreach ministries of dignity that focus on the needs of the city and the needs of people to be in community and think intellectually about their faith.
What We Believe
We believe faith empowers people to do God’s work throughout creation, to invite and include others, to advocate for social justice, and to explore the mystery of God as individuals and communities. We are a reconciling congregation and are proud to welcome all persons.
Our congregation will be a diverse and progressive Christian faith community welcoming all people. We envision a place that is exciting, providing opportunities to share an encounter with the Spirit that we find in Jesus Christ, in humanity, in all of creation, and in the mysterious ways that God appears to us.
Hennepin is a Reconciling Congregation, welcoming the full participation of all persons including the GLBT Community. Since 1994 we have been a part of the Reconciling Ministries Network,
Hennepin Avenue United Methodist church is part of a connectional church body. We are connected to all other United Methodist churches worldwide through our General Conference. Each congregation is part of an Annual Conference, ours being the Minnesota Annual Conference. The Minnesota Annual Conference meets yearly and the General Conference meets every four years. These gatherings nominate leadership, create policy and procedures for the church, create a focus for mission, and celebrate in worship together.
For information on the ministry of Minnesota United Methodists see: minnesotaumc.org
For information on the global ministry of the United Methodist Church see: umc.org
Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church also has a history of standing with justice:
- In 1956, when Border Methodist Church, an African-American congregation, had to leave its building, Hennepin UMC invited the community to merge with them, creating quite a stir nationally.
- In 1974 Hennepin hired its first woman pastor, Verda Aegerter, and has had female clergy on staff continually ever since.
- In 1994 Hennepin became a Reconciling Church, welcoming all people in the LGBTQ community, and later held a protest service in opposition to some of the United Methodist stances that work against inclusion and justice. We are still working to change some of the policies of the United Methodist church in Minnesota.
Hennepin is an Active Community
Hennepin is known for its outreach ministries, meaningful worship, fine music program, and remarkable art collection. The building that provides shelter to our various ministries is located in Minneapolis just north of I-94 where Lyndale and Hennepin Avenues come together. Though we have limited nature space in our urban setting, we also fortunate to have Koinonia Retreat Center, just an hour west of the cities, where we have camps, retreats, and weekend adventures.
In short, the Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church Community is an active community!
We invite you to explore the website to learn more about us, but we hope that you will actually come through the doors and find your place in the community. Everything good that has ever come out of Hennepin occurred because people within the community made it happen! We hope you’ll come and share your passions and gifts so that together we can make a difference in this world.