Join us for an urban mission experience in Minneapolis and Saint Paul.

Connect with organizations as they seek to be the hands and feet of Christ. Encounter people as you listen to their stories. Grow in your understanding of how God has uniquely created you and your team.

4-5 Day Missional Experience. Experience, Empower, Journey, Kingdom Impact.



Mission Minneapolis is an organization that provides short-term mission opportunities for students, with a passion to create environments where students and sponsors can experience the presence of God as they serve others. MM has grown out of the heart of The Contender Project, a non-profit organization ( designed to help students become more confident in their relationship with God and in who God has created them to be. The project challenges students to use their strengths and talents to become engaged in the mission of Christ. One of the four streams of the Contender Project is the powerful opportunity to challenge students to new steps of faith as they participate in impact events. With a long history of creating events for students in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, we provide a unique service to youth groups across the country, helping them have meaningful, life-changing mission experiences.




Dr. Steve Gahagen, Director, has a passion to help people thrive in their life and relationship with God. Dr. Gahagen planted Prairie Oak Community Church in Andover, MN, a suburb of Minneapolis, in 1990. From that church, three others have emerged. Throughout the years, Dr. Gahagen has been involved in youth ministry, creating opportunities for student to develop as Christian leaders. He developed a high school internship project, Servant Leadership Boot Camps, Cross-Training Teams and Urban Retreats. He has also developed the Contender Project, which provides one-on-one strengths-based faith coaching to students.  He has earned a Master of Divinity degree from Nazarene Theological Seminary and doctoral degree in Strengths-Based Leadership from Bethel Seminary in collaboration with Gallup University.


Melissa Durand has a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work from Winona State. She is on staff at Prairie Oak Community Church as a Community Outreach Pastor.  She has the pleasure of working to develop connections with different individuals and groups in the community, and helping to foster opportunities to partner together.  She enjoys seeing people grow in love and compassion for others by providing opportunities for them to share their unique strengths and talents.

Help students to discover…explore…experience
The Experience THE TWIN CITIES

With a population of almost 3.5 million, the Twin Cities provide a diverse environment for students to experience a culture different from their own. Both urban and suburban events add to their experience of the diverse Kingdom of God.  Find out more about this metropolitan area.



Our approach is organized, yet flexible. When opportunities arise, we can change the itinerary to provide the best experience possible for your group. We will customize your trip to fit the current needs of the community and the needs of your group.


A unique component of our experience is strengths-based team training. In our experience, beginning a trip with strength-training helps students understand how God can best use them and those around them. The teams work better together when they understand each other's strengths.


We believe that a mission trip is not a final destination, but the beginning of a new journey. We provide questions and activities that leaders can use when they get home to help students understand their experience and translate it into their daily lives.


Short-term mission trips serve an important purpose in spiritual growth - getting students out of their normal cultural environment and providing optimal moments for God to speak. They can be steps to another level of faith.


Excellence. We will do whatever it takes to facilitate a life-changing experience for your group.


Team and Personal Growth. We will challenge your team to greater courage and confidence in reaching out to people.


The Kingdom. Our goal is to advance the mission of Christ and bless other congregations.


Creativity. We will work to make the experience fit your team.





- A meaningful experience and positive impact on others


- Growth in your team's understanding of one another and their strengths


- Opportunities to verbalize your faith


- Development of courage and confidence in reaching out to others


- Softened hearts with a greater compassion for others


- Experiencing the presence of God


- Offering yourselves as an act of worship in a new way


- Exposure to diverse people and environments


- New ideas on how to fulfill the mission of Christ in your community


- Moments of guided reflection

Partner Organizations

Alexandra House provides 24-hour emergency shelter, support services and advocacy to battered women and families.


Habitat for Humanity builds & repairs homes to provide affordable shelter for qualifying families.


Students bring encouragement to our veterans while learning from the rich stories the veterans share.

A ministry to the homeless where students can stay overnight in a secure setting and prepare breakfast for the residents.


A ministry to the homeless and those in transition. We have served meals, played with the children and toured the ministry.


This ministry helps young women break free from sex trafficking. We have listened to their stories and have worked to improve their property.


This ministry provides many different serving opportunities throughout the Twin Cities area. Student groups have helped serve meals and support youth programs.


Local Senior Housing Facility

The local facility provides an opportunity for students to make inter-generational connections through hearing residents' stories and playing games with them.


Youth First

A program that helps at-risk students navigate middle and high school. They have after school programs for kids.


Chores & More

Chores & More provides home maintenance for seniors.


CityLifeWorks is a place where partners come together to be the hands and feet of Jesus in the urban community.


Here's Life Inner City serves and mobilizes the Church to live out God's heart for the poor, so all can grow in Christ and spiritually multiply.


Beacon of Hope is an inner-city church that provides food programs and outreach programs to a challenging neighborhood.


Mosaic Church - St. Paul

Mosaic Church provides refugee care in the St. Paul area. This interracial, multi-community church has opportunities for outreach in the community.




What you are responsible for:

- Insurance for your team

- Ground transportation while here (We can help arrange ground transportation if you are flying.)



Sample Schedule:

Arrive on Sunday evening

Monday: Ministry Project/Training 9-5  (Evening meet and greet cookout - Hosted @ Prairie Oak Community Church)

Tuesday: Ministry Project 9-5 (Evening outreach venue)

Wednesday: Ministry Project 9-5 (Evening outreach venue)

Thursday: Ministry Project 9-5 (Evening dinner and worship - Hosted @ Prairie Oak Community Church)

Friday: Depart or stay over for an excursion day (We can help you arrange something that is of interest to your group)


Evening Outreach Venues:

(Examples of possible venues)

Lake Calhoun Outreach, Walk 4 Water, Homeless Experience, Light Rail Scavenger Hunt/Outreach, or Minnehaha Park Outreach.


Ministry Projects

Ministry projects are based on the current needs in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area and the timing of the mission’s team visit. We will work with you to customize the best project based on the size and skill level of your group - partnering with a local church or ministry.


Optional Add- Ons

Paintball, Team Building Course, Breaking Free Presentation, or Leadership Success Interview with a Christian business leader.


Payment Information:

Deposit: A $50 per person non-refundable deposit is required to secure your trip.

Due Dates: 50% of your remaining balance ($170 per person) is due two months prior to the event and the remaining balance one month prior to the event.


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Mission: Minneapolis |

$390 Person Includes:

- 5 Nights Hotel (4 to a room) *There is an additional charge if there are under four to a room

- 4 Full Days of Ministry (Friday is set aside as an excursion day)

- Ministry Outings

- All Meals (Breakfast is a restaurant quality buffet breakfast, lunches on site)

- If your team needs an additional nights stay, the cost will be $30 a person. (Includes Breakfast)

- Strengths Assessment & Workshop for every team member

** We include lodging at a local hotel near Downtown Minneapolis instead of at a local church or school - increasing your teams ability to be well rested and showered. The local hotel we have partnered with has an excellent and large pool area as well as a beautiful outdoor courtyard.

- Minimum Group Size: 15 (You should have a ratio of at least one adult per 7 students.)


What we are responsible for:

- Setting up Ministry Sites

- Providing Staff Support to ensure a meaningful experience

- Meals

- Programming

Thank you for your interest in Mission: Minneapolis. We would love to talk to you about helping your team discover, explore, and experience. Please fill out the form below and we will be in contact with you.

Cancellation Policy:

Payments to Mission Minneapolis are nonrefundable. The expenses for a mission trip go beyond food, housing, and materials for the week of the trip. We invest considerable staff time preparing for your team. Cancellations also have a negative impact on the relationships we have built with businesses and non-profits in the Minneapolis area.


Team members can be added to the trip as long as there is space available. Payments for students who drop out of the trip cannot be refunded but can be redirected to a new student or sponsor.




Any time you travel and interact with new cultures, there is some element of danger and adventure. Safety is a priority to us, and we will do everything possible to ensure the safety of your team.


Any adults on our team are subject to background checks, and we ask that all the adults traveling with your team have background checks as well.


Alcohol, illegal drugs, and weapons are forbidden. Anyone in possession of such items will be sent home immediately.