Bethel Students

Bethel Students Collage PhotoOur mission as Bethel Students (grades 7–12) is to empower students to live out God’s story. We believe our students are not only the church of tomorrow, but also the church of today. We’re moving towards Jesus and taking others with us, with the goal of making disciples and making a lasting impact in our world!

Sundays (4 p.m.-6:30 p.m.) Fall-Spring

Sunday Night Live logoOur youth group (Grades 7-12) meets weekly in the Family Life Center (FLC) on Sundays from fall–spring. We play games, experience worship led by our very own Student Band, hear a great message, have a snack, then break into small groups to go deeper.


(For a detailed schedule, click here)

2­–3:45 Student Band & Tech Team Rehearsal (FLC)  ­

3:15 Leader Meeting (Solid Grounds)

3:45 Student Prayer & Welcome Team (FLC)

4:00–6:30 Sunday Night Live (Gym, FLC, and Children’s Wing)

Wednesdays (7 p.m.-10 p.m.) Summer

The Fire with dateIn the summer, we meet at a local home for snack, games, fellowship, testimony, and a bonfire.

4008 Copperfield Ct., Fargo.

*Incoming 7th graders are invited to join us for The Fire.

Throughout the year we do a variety of trips, special projects, and events. We’ll update the list here so you know what’s going on and how to get signed up when we get closer to each event.

Welcome Retreat

Every year, we invite the incoming 7th graders on a trip that serves as an introduction to youth group. Formerly known as Wilderness Week, this trip is a great way for incoming 7th graders to get to know each other and our ministry team. We experience games, fun, devotions, worship, and more! This year’s retreat is at a lake home by Bad Medicine Lake, MN. Registration information and more details are coming soon!

Districts LogoDistricts (February 12-14, 2016)

In spring, we attend a weekend conference with churches from our district (Northern Plains District, EFCA). This is a great time to connect with each other, and grow in our relationship with Christ through great speakers and worship!

For more information about this year’s conference, click here.

Project Serve (May 21, 2016)

Every year, we spend a full day in service as a youth group. This day is sponsored by businesses in the community and also serves as our main fundraiser for student trips. It’s a great chance for us to serve together at various nonprofits/organizations and give back to our community. Project Serve is required for all students/leaders going on an upcoming trip or conference. For more information about this year’s Project Serve, click here.

Challenge Conference (July 3-7, 2016)

Every other year, we take a summer trip to attend our EFCA national conference. This week-long trip challenges students to live on mission with God in their lives now and forever. It’s a powerful week of living in community with each other and experiencing God through incredible speakers and powerful worship. Come along if you dare! We guarantee you won’t return the same.

For more information about this year’s conference, click here. We’ll update here when registration and other details become available for our students.

Mission Trips (Summer 2017)

Every other year, offsetting Challenge years, we offer two mission trips (domestic and international) for our students. These week-long trips are ways to serve others as we also grow in our own faith. When decisions have been made about when and where, we’ll update here so you can join us!

Bethel Students thrives on 3 types of volunteers: Small Groups, Kitchen Ministry, and Security. We aim to have two small group leaders for each grade and gender: one seasoned saint with parenting experience (Paul) and one young role-model (Timothy). In hospitality, we look for volunteers who work well in teams preparing meals for one-hundred-plus people. In Security, we look for men and women who have a passion for the safety of our students.

For more information on each role, click here.

To get involved, contact Ciara Arnhalt at 701.232.4476 or

As a student, there are some great ways to get involved in Student Ministries! First of all, we invite you to come every week for our weekly gathering (Sundays or Wednesdays), and plug into the community. In addition, be sure to sign up for our different trips and events throughout the year: they’re some of the best ways to get connected in!

We also have some great practical ways to get involved:

Student Prayer & Welcome Team

Every Sunday, before Sunday Night Live, our students gather in the FLC to pray for the night. We believe prayer fuels our ministry. Any student is welcome to join. If you want to serve on the prayer and welcome team, just come at 3:45 p.m. and join in. (Time commitment: Sundays, 3:45–4)

Student Band & Tech Team

Whether you play an instrument, sing, like technology, or want to learn, we’ve got a spot for you! Our band is composed of singers, praise band instruments, and an orchestra. Our tech team runs the show from behind the scenes, working on sound, lights, lyrics on the screen, and more. To join the band and tech team you can let a student ministries staff member know that you want to join or just show up. If you have questions about joining, you can email Ciara at commitment: Sunday rehearsals, 2–3:45, and Sunday Night Live, 4–6:30)

Drama Team

If you like writing skits, acting, directing, or behind the scenes work, we’d love to have you join our drama team. Our team is student-led and student-directed and performs regularly at Sunday Night Live. No previous experience necessary; just show up! (Time commitment: Sunday rehearsals, 6:30–7:30, and Sunday Night Live, 4–6:30)

Student Leaders

Anyone can be a student leader! Every first Sunday of the month that we have Sunday Night Live, our student leaders gather together to talk through how things are going, upcoming events, and ministry topics on their hearts. If you’d like to be a student leader, all you have to do is come. Upcoming dates are 2/21, 3/6, 4/3. (Time commitment: first Sundays of the month, 6:30–8, and Sunday Night Live, 4–6:30)

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Steven Dunkel

Pastor of Student Ministries







Nick Conner

Student and College Ministry Intern







Ciara Arnhalt

Administrative Assistant to Pastor Steven Dunkel

Sarah Dunkel

Associate Director of Student Ministries

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  Event Time/Place Description
2/5/2016 Guys/Girls Night 7-10pm, FLC Nerf for all and nights for each! Girls Night guest speaker: Veronica Wyland with worship led by Arianna & Mariah Charon. Guys Night guest speaker, worship leader, and martial artist John Bedore.
2/7/2016 Super Bowl (No Sunday Night Live)
2/12-14/16 District EFCA student conference Friday 4pm–Sunday 4pm, Aberdeen, SD Come for powerful worship, incredible speakers, adventures together and the waterslide (ask last year’s students!). Cost: $99/family
2/21/2016 Sunday Night Live + Student Leaders 4–6pm, FLC “Can I ask that?” The first Sunday of each month, we’ll lead a discussion around tough questions about faith and life. Submit questions at least a week before. Coffee shop atmosphere with round tables.
2/28/2016 Sunday Night Live 4–6pm, FLC John 17: What this condemned man’s prayer means for your future
3/6/2016 Sunday Night Live + Student Leaders 4–6pm, FLC John 18: After his third answer, you’ll lose your faith in humanity. The end… worse
3/13/2016 Sunday Night Live 4–6pm, FLC John 19: 7 billion reasons why Jesus died on the cross
3/20/2016 Sunday Night Live 4–6pm, FLC Student Takeover
3/25/2016 Good Friday Prayer Vigil
3/27/2016 Easter Sunday + Pancake Breakfast
4/3/2016 Sunday Night Live + Student Leaders 4–6pm, FLC John 20: She visited her friend’s grave. She never expected he’d visit too
4/10/2016 Sunday Night Live 4–6pm, FLC John 21: This fisherman’s breakfast will restore your faith in humanity
4/17/2016 Sunday Night Live + Student Leaders 4–6pm, FLC Who do you say He is?
4/24/2016 Sunday Night Live 4–6pm, FLC Who does He say you are?
4/28/2016 Student Sunday Mandatory Rehearsal 6–9pm, Worship Center This rehearsal is for all students involved in the Student Sunday service (5/1)
5/1/2016 Student Sunday + Small Group Sunday 9am–12pm, Worship Center “In the middle of your mess, He is writing your message.”
5/8/2016 Sixth Grade Invade 4–6pm, FLC “Can I Ask That?” and “13 Letters” (Preview Summer and Fall 2016) — Parents of students invited to join us, learn about the upcoming year with their students, and worship with their students on Mother’s Day afternoon
5/15/2016 Last Night Extravaganza 4–6pm, FLC An end of Spring celebration
5/21/2016 Project Serve Potential date of Project Serve 2016, a service day and fundraiser across the FM area
5/27–29/16 Welcome Retreat Our revamped introduction for rising 7th graders—come for a lake weekend of building community and learning more about your relationship with God
Every Wednesday, June–August The Fire 7–10pm, 4008 Copperfield Ct., Fargo Come for backyard volleyball, octoball, ultimate frisbee, yard games, great food, hanging out, worship, testimony, and—as the name says—a fire!
7/2/16–7/8/16 Challenge: EFCA National Conference One week, Louisville, Kentucky “Challenge… students to live on mission with Jesus everyday, everywhere and with everyone.” Rising 8th–graduated seniors are invited to our national conference: