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What is Urbana?  

Urbana is the largest student missions conference in the world. Urbana is a five day conference (December 27-31, 2018) bringing together a diverse mix of over 16,000 college and graduate students, faculty, recent graduates, pastors, church and ministry leaders, missions organizations and schools. Urbana is a catalytic event held every three years in St. Louis, Missouri.

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What is the Urbana 18 Theme?

Together at Urbana 18, we will worship the King of kings. We will receive Revelation’s message of a bright hope and the call to persevere. We will seek out God’s call, committing our lives and passions to his global mission.

Is Bethel Going?

Yes! Every “Urbana year”, a coach bus goes from Bethel to Urbana. The round trip bus ride is free for Bethel University students.

Is there financial help?

Yes. Contact Pastor Matt Runion for information on discounts and scholarships.

What are my next steps?

  1. Learn more about Urbana 18 at

  2. Ask your pastor or other trusted mentors about Urbana. You may be surprised by what you hear about the powerful impact Urbana has had on people around you!

  3. Register for Urbana. A $100 deposit is required. After that, installments can be made.

  4. Reserve your seat on the bus from Bethel to Urbana.

For more information about Urbana 18 and Bethel University’s group traveling to the conference, contact Pastor Matt Runion at or stop by the Office of Christian Formation and Church Relations.