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Youth Ministries


Welcome!  Thanks for stopping by.  It is our goal at Salem Youth 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.

Curious about what Salem Youth Ministries does? Check out our magazine for a snapshot of our year!



Youth 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 Youth 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

Youth are encouraged to attend a worship service and serve somewhere on Sunday mornings (ushers, greeters, serve coffee, worship team, camera operators, multi-media, sound, teach Sunday School for Salem Kids, etc). Occasional teaching series may also be offered addressing specific topics throughout the year.

Wednesday Nights

Wednesday night gatherings are another large component of grades 7-12 Youth 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 1002 10th St S, Fargo.

Typical Wednesday Night Schedule

  • 6:30 p.m. Welcome, Announcements, Birthdays, Singing, Videos, Testimonies
  • 7:10 p.m. Message
  • 7:40 p.m. LUGG Groups
  • 8:15 p.m. Open LOFT, Garage (snacks), Games, Hang Out Time

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:

  • 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.
  • District Youth Conference: 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.