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Student Ministries


Welcome!  Thanks for stopping by.  It is our goal at Salem Student Ministries to see each student grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ.  As students gain a fuller understanding of who God is and experience the depth of His love for them, the Spirit ignites a passion in them to live for Jesus and serve Him in this world.


Student Ministries desires to make disciples who make disciples, and it is our joy to partner with parents in this endeavor. We understand that most discipleship work happens in the home, and thus we seek to be a strong resource and encouragement to parents in this great task.  We want to equip, embolden, and support parents in raising their children in the Lord (Eph. 6:4).

What We Teach

What we believe as a church is foundational not only to what we teach in Student Ministries, but also to the health and spiritual vitality of the church itself.  Without sound doctrine, a church and its ministries will not remain on course.  Please take a look at Salem’s Statement of Faith from the Evangelical Free Church of America, and learn more about the biblical truths we confess and teach.

Sunday Mornings

We believe the Bible is our guide in life, and we are passionate about nurturing a biblical worldview in our youth.  They are best served by learning to interpret the world around them through the clear and accurate lens of God’s truth found in Scripture.

One of the primary ways we assist students in establishing and growing a biblical worldview is through Sunday School Classes.  Each week students gather at each campus to learn from God’s Word through our “Live Curriculum” (Group Publishing) materials.  7th and 8th graders go through a survey of the Old and New Testaments, 9th-12th graders cover Bible survey classes, theology, apologetics, and training for practical application of biblical principles to daily life. 

Sunday School for grades 7-12 meets in the LOFT at our Moorhead Campus at 10:30 a.m., and on the third floor in the Childern's Ministry wing of our Fargo Campus  at 9:15 a.m.  Please join us!

Wednesday Nights

Wednesday night gatherings are another large component of grades 7-12 Student Ministries; this is a time for fellowship and growth through praise and worship, teaching, small group accountability and prayer, and games.  Pastor Kent teaches from God’s Word, Old and New Testaments, offering messages that are both practical and doctrinally sound.  Students also have time to process and mentally solidify the teaching through discussion in small groups that are both gender and age specific (ex. 7th grade boys, 11th grade girls, etc.).  Wednesday sessions are from 6:30-9:00 p.m. at our Moorhead Campus Youth Room.

Typical Wednesday Night Schedule

  • 6:30-6:45 Welcome; Hang Out Time
  • 6:45-7:05 Student Led Worship/Announcements
  • 7:05-7:30 Middle School Small Groups; High School Teaching Time
  • 7:35-8:05 Middle School Teaching Time/Crazy Games; High School Small Groups
  • 8:00-8:40 Snacks; Free Time (Open Gym, Nine Square in the Air, etc.) 

Special Events

Beyond Sundays and Wednesdays, Student Ministries hosts many additional events throughout the year.  These occasions are designed to provide evangelism opportunities, encourage social and spiritual growth in our students, and provide an environment where students can have lots of fun together.  Here is a sampling of the special events enjoyed by the youth during the year:

  • 14-Hour Blitz: All-night fun with activities planned throughout the metro area, such as watching a movie, bowling, eating pizza, and games.
  • Pumpkin Hunt: An annual tradition, this is an off-campus scavenger hunt planned by seniors.
  • Christmas Caroling/Fruit Baskets: A service ministry to the dear aging saints of Salem.
  • Dinner Theatre: Full dinner theatre production put on by the youth which includes a meal, entertainment, a silent auction, and dessert.
  • Fall Flame: Annual Fall Event.
  • Milkshake and Movie Nights: Wednesday night fellowship and outreach event.
  • Water Park Event: Middle School fall activity.
  • Ski/Snowboarding/Tubing Trip: Annual event for High School students at Andes Tower Hills.
  • District Youth Conference in Aberdeen, SD: This takes place in early spring. 
  • Year-End Party: Activities include a bonfire, zip line, ultimate frisbee, volleyball, grilling, and more!
  • Local Missions Trip: For 7th and 8th grade students in the early summer.  Working with VBS, assisting local ministries, and volunteering time to help where needed.
  • Challenge Conference: National E-Free youth conference that occurs every other summer.
  • Great US Mission Trip: Takes place during the summer on years when there is no Challenge Conference (biennial).

Ministry Teams

It is our goal is to raise up ministry-minded students. Students are not the future church, they are the present church.  We encourage the youth toward loving service to the Savior through participation in one of these ministries:

  • Drama Team
  • Worship Team
  • Student Leadership Team
  • Snack Team
  • Children’s Sunday School Team
  • Sound/Tech Team

Student Missions

We desire to see each student catch a vision of God’s heart for the unreached peoples of the world.  We heartily encourage our youth toward participation in missions, that they might grow a deeper love for God and His people. The Missions Board has established the following 4-level hierarchy for student involvement:

Level 1 - Gospel Presentation.  

Every student starts their missions experience by presenting the Gospel message to a staff member as practice sharing their faith with others.

Level 2 - Local Missions Experience. 

Intended for students in grades 7-8, this level involves serving with Children's minisrty through Vacation Bible School (VBS) for a week in the summer.  Students work at VBS in the mornings and assist at various work service projects in the afternoon.  

Additionally, students stay overnight at NDSU during the week, an experience meant to confirm their ability to stay away from home and be a vital part of a ministry team.

Level 2 requirements can also be fulfilled through approved opportunities at camps or other ministries.

Level 3 - Greater U.S. Missions Trip.  

Upon completion of Level 2, students in grades 8-12 are invited to serve with an inner-city ministry in a large U.S. city.  Previous trips have taken place to Denver, San Diego, and Nashville.

Level 4 - Overseas.

Students in grades 11-12 who have completed levels 1-3  are encouraged to participate in an international missions trip with a church-wide ministry team or a  para-church organization.


Student Events