Montana State University campus ministry fosters community, promotes service

July 30, 2018
Submitted by Ann Dickensheets
Youth, Young Adult, and Family Ministries Coordinator, Montana State University

Montana State University's United Methodist ministry, Thursday Nights Together (TNT), revolves around a weekly Thursday night gathering. This student-led time together includes a homemade dinner, games, small group discussion, music, and prayer. The group meets from 6-8 p.m. at the Christus Collegium, a campus ministry center shared by United Methodists and Lutherans. The building is located at 714 S. 8th Street, just across from the university.

In addition to Thursday night meetings, TNT is dedicated to service, volunteering time in the community, and raising money for a variety of organizations. Many of the students also spend their time working with children and youth at Bozeman United Methodist Church and at conference retreats and camps. The 2018 spring break mission trip was to El Salvador, where the young people worked in a United Methodist school and painted a new church. In 2019, TNT will travel to San Francisco to work at Glide Memorial.

TNT is diverse and open to anyone—regardless of religious affiliation, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or gender identity. The group nurtures the community through frequent social opportunities, a fall and winter retreat, and plenty of one-on-one coffee breaks.

If you, or someone you know, is attending Montana State University in the fall, feel free to attend a TNT gathering. Stay updated with TNT events via their Facebbok page (TNTMSU), and visit them at Catapalooza, the fall information fair. The first TNT meeting is on Thursday, Aug. 30 from 6-8 p.m., at the Christus. You can join their email distribution list for more information by emailing Ann Dickensheets at ann@bozemanumc.org.