Maranatha’s vision hasn’t changed since we first came to the University of Minnesota in 1981. We believe that college campuses are ripe with young leaders and wrought with subtle and overt deceptions that seek to sway them away from the truth of God’s Word.
Our goal is to be a church that preaches a literal view of the Word of God, yet remains free and joyful; then we send people out to start New Testament, independent, Spirit-filled churches on campuses (and other mission fields) around the world.
A large part of this vision is to make a special effort to extend hospitality to the many international students that attend the university from all around the world. As a result, our church is made up of Asians, Africans, and Latin Americans in addition to our American students. We are blessed to learn their cultures and traditions as we host events such as our annual Chinese New Year celebration, camping trips, picnics and athletic events throughout the year.
Since we were planted on the U of MN campus in 1981, we have seen thousands of young people saved, baptized and filled with the Holy Spirit. From here, students have gone on to start churches in DeKalb, IL (NIU), Mankato, MN (MSU), San Jose, Costa Rica (UCR), Malaysia, Singapore, Honduras, and many other places. In all, our small body has seen 16 churches planted and more than 150 people launched into full-time ministry.
We don’t claim to be the best of the best; we are mostly just students, staff, and associates of the University of Minnesota with a desire to be found full of faith and love for others when our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ returns. Our goal is to grow in grace and sanctification every day as we journey towards God’s purpose for our lives. Our hope is in the near return of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.