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NEXT empowers collegians to combine faith, gifts, passions


NEXT 2016 is Nov. 4-6 in Atlanta, Georgia's historic Tabernacle Theater. The event will equip college students with the skills needed to merge their gifts with innovative discipleship and effect immediate change within their communities.

"The Imagine What's Next community is a unique space created out of the United Methodist Student Movement," organizers say. "As we grow and connect across the globe, NEXT serves as a pool of partners, perspectives and resources to help you in your faith and leadership development. Most importantly, doing good work is not a chore, it's who we are as United Methodists. It is a way of life."

Organized by college students, campus ministers and others from across the United Methodist connection, NEXT ( is sponsored by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry's Office of Collegiate Ministry.

"NEXT is a unique gathering of young adults who are discerning, or reimagining, ways to pursue their desire to make a difference in the world," said the Rev. Sheila Bates, director of student faith and leadership formation at GBHEM. "It is a dynamic space where faith and action intersect with creativity and passion. NEXT is more than an event, it's a movement!"

The program includes worship, exhibits and opportunities to connect with community experts, advocates and service organizations in Atlanta.

Register at The early registration fee – through Sept. 15 – is $125. After Sept. 15, the fee is $150. Campus ministers' registration is waived with five or more student registrants.

General Board of Higher Education and Ministry