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.


“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 17'