Grow in faith. Serve the community. Connect with peers from all generations
Hennepin Avenue UMC offers opportunities for young adults to grow in faith, serve the community in the name of God, and connect with peers and people from all generations. We are open to your ideas for groups and classes. Contact Rick Belbutoski, Director of Youth & Young Adults (email@example.com) with your ideas and desires for new ways to create community.
An Overview of Young Adults Events
Retreats and Field Trips
Each fall, we take a weekend retreat to Koinonia Retreat Center and have periodic on-campus events and field trips for young adults and their families.
We meet once a month at a local brewery or pub for good drink, good company, and good discussion on a wide variety of topics. Read more about Pub Theology below.
3rd Sunday Worship
We make a concerted effort to attend and sit together during the Traditional Worship service at 10am on the 3rd Sunday of the month.
Once a quarter the Young Adult Ministry will host an event for all young adults paired up with a mentor to share an activity and grab some time to hang out. If you’re interested in learning more about having a mentor, please email the Young Adult Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
See below for our upcoming events!
For more information about Young Adults gatherings, or to share ideas, concerns or questions, please contact Rick Belbutoski, Director of Youth & Young Adult Ministries.email rick
NOVEMBER 20 & DECEMBER 18
Experience this key entry point for young adults in the life of the church! Open to everyone 21+, this gathering is filled with spirited conversation about faith, world events, and life–all fueled by the tasty beverage of your choice. Pub Theology will be from 6-7 pm at Sysyphus Brewing this winter.
Invite a friend to join you, and learn more by reading more, below.
Adulting 101 is a fun casual way for young adults to engage in topics they care about. Each session features a topic expert, an opportunity to discuss the day’s topic, and chance to connect with other people with shared interests. This Fall Adulting 101 will return from 12:30–2pm in the Longfellow Room.
On December 8th, we’ll discuss how to manage Christmas expenses on a budget.
Pub Theology | Est. 2014
Since 2014, Pub Theology has been a strong Young Adult Ministry of Hennepin Avenue UMC.
This drop-in group of Hennepin members and friends 21+ gathers monthly to discuss faith, life, stress, family, and so on with a tasty beverage. It’s an excellent ministry for Millennials, Gen-Xers, Boomers, and the Silent Gen to get together and “talk God”. Bring a friend; new faces are always welcome! Read on to learn about our ground rules, format, locations, sample questions, and our schedule. Pub Theology is organized by Young Adult Ministry Director Rick Belbutoski.
As witnesses of Hennepin Avenue UMC, all participants are expected to be responsible if they choose to drink and it is the responsibility of each person gathered to hold each other accountable to this expectation; thank you.
What is the Pub Theology format?
Participants tend to arrive in those first few minutes, make an order if they wish, pick up a discussion sheet, and settle in for a good time. We typically kick off with a fun, low-stakes icebreaker question and then move into the Launching Pad. These are discussion questions and statements meant to get the ball rolling. Some questions are lighter in nature, others are as deep as it gets–it all depends on the mood of the group. In the last 10 minutes, we pick next month’s location together.
When does Pub Theology meet?
We meet on the third Wednesdays at 6pm.
What happens if no one shows up?
If no participants have arrived within 30 minutes of start time, the convener will cancel the event.
Where does Pub Theology meet?
The venue varies month to month. We choose the next meeting’s location during the last 10 minutes of the night.
Am I required to buy/consume alcohol at Pub Theology?
What is the United Methodist Church position on alcohol consumption?
Alcoholism and its effects on families and society is serious business and alcohol consumption must be taken just as seriously. From the Social Principles section of our UM Book of Discipline:
“We affirm our long-standing support of abstinence from alcohol as a faithful witness to God’s liberating and redeeming love for persons. We support abstinence from the use of any illegal drugs. Since the use of illegal drugs, as well as illegal and problematic use of alcohol, is a major factor in crime, disease, death, and family dysfunction, we support educational programs as well as other prevention strategies encouraging abstinence from illegal drug use and, with regard to those who choose to consume alcoholic beverages, judicious use with deliberate and intentional restraint, with Scripture as a guide.”
Read more about our Call to Action on Alcohol, our call to keep children and youth free of alcohol and drugs, and the full Social Principles statement.
LAUNCHING PAD SAMPLER:
Here’s a list of sample questions from the last few Pub Theology meetings. How do you respond? What other questions are you led to from here? Take a look…
- Old Testament = Wrathful, angry God. New Testament = Loving, caring God. Too true or too simplified?
- Is it better to be a person who is steadfast and unchanging or one who continually adapts and changes? What about God?
- Do “thoughts and prayers” do any good? What are they for? How do you “do” them?
- Which matters more to your faith: Christmas or Easter?
- What is the earliest Bible story you learned?
- What does church look like at its best? At its worst?
- Jesus told his followers, “Do not worry about tomorrow, what you will eat or drink.” Is this good advice to give a single parent who is late on rent?
- Do you judge the judgmental?