Bethel Students

Bethel Students Collage PhotoWelcome! We’re so glad you stopped by. Our mission as Bethel Students (grades 7–12) is to empower students to love God, love others, and serve the world. We believe our students are not only the church of tomorrow – they’re the church of today. Our desire is that every student will embody 1 Timothy 4:12: “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.” Below, you’ll find information on our upcoming trips and events, information on how to get connected (as as student or adult volunteer), and a calendar with upcoming events and teaching topics. If you have any questions or would like to meet with someone, we’d love to hear from you! ~Pastor Steven

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, break into small groups, have a snack, then hang out.


(For a detailed schedule, click here)

2­–3:30 Student Band & Tech Team Rehearsal (FLC)  ­ 3:15 Leader Meeting (Solid Grounds) 3:45 Student Prayer Team (Fireplace by Solid Grounds) 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.

Districts (March 23–25, 2018, Aberdeen, SD)

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! Registration is now closed. For those going, more information can be found here.

Project Serve (May 19, 2018)

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 Project Serve, click here.

Welcome Weekend (May 26–28, 2018)

Every year, we invite the incoming 7th graders on a trip that serves as an introduction to youth group. 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!

Registration is now open until May 13th! Click here for the registration form. Click here for more information about the weekend. Completed registration forms can be turned in to Bethel’s Main Office or the Students Office.

There will be a Welcome Weekend Info Meeting on Sunday, 4/29, 10:15–10:45am in Room 112. Come hear more about the trip, sign your students up, or ask any questions you may have!

Challenge Conference (July 2–7, 2018, Kansas City, MO)

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. To go to the official Challenge website, click here.

Registration is now closed. For more information for those going (including fundraising ideas), see the Challenge 2018 Info Sheet.

Non-refundable $99 deposit due at registration. Balance due by May 13th. 

Fall Retreat (October 12–14, 2018, Pelican Lake, MN)

Every fall, we go away for a weekend as a youth group. At our fall retreat, we hear powerful messages, experience great worship, and spend time connecting as a youth group with games and fun! Check back here for more details when the time gets closer.

Mission Trips (Summer 2019)

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 the time gets closer, we’ll update with more information here.

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 Sarah Dunkel 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 Team

Every Sunday, before Sunday Night Live, our students gather at the Fireplace by Solid Grounds 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 team, just come at 3:45 p.m. and join in. (Time commitment: Sundays, 3:45–4, Fireside in Solid Grounds)

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 Sarah at commitment: Sunday rehearsals, 2–3:30, and Sunday Night Live, 4–6:30 in the FLC)

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 led by Robin Logan and James Sayler and performs regularly at Sunday Night Live. No previous experience necessary; just show up! (Time commitment: Sunday rehearsals, 6:30–7:30 in Room 112, and Sunday Night Live, 4–6:30)

Dance Team

If you like dancing, we’d love to have you join our dance team! Our team is led by Karena Bekkum and they perform regularly throughout the year. (Time commitment: Sunday rehearsals, 2–3:15 in the Choir Room, 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 10/1, 11/5, 12/3, 1/7, 2/11, 3/4, and 4/8. (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





Ramona Leiseth

Administrative Assistant to Pastor Steven Dunkel

Sarah Dunkel





Sarah Dunkel

Associate Director of Student Ministries





Emily Dockter
Student Ministries Intern

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 Date Event Time/Place Description
1/7/18 Sunday Night Live + Student Leaders 4–6:30pm, FLC “What does the Bible say about _____?” The first Sunday Night Live each month, we’ll lead a discussion around tough questions about faith and life.
1/14/18 Sunday Night Live 4–6:30pm, FLC Hearing God’s Voice | Through Prayer
1/21/18 Sunday Night Live 4–6:30pm, FLC Hearing God’s Voice | Through Scripture
1/28/18 Sunday Night Live 4–6:30pm, FLC Hearing God’s Voice | Through Community
2/4/18 Mini Sunday Night Live 4–5pm, FLC “What does the Bible say about _____?” We’ll end at 5 this night so students can make it home in time for the Super Bowl kick-off if they so desire.
2/11/18 Sunday Night Live 4–6:30pm, FLC Holy Spirit | Who is the Holy Spirit?
2/18/18 Sunday Night Live 4–6:30pm, FLC Holy Spirit | Spiritual Gifts
2/25/18 Sunday Night Live 4–6:30pm, FLC 30 Days of Heartwork | Letting Go
3/4/18 Sunday Night Live + Student Leaders 4–6:30pm, FLC 30 Days of Heartwork | Identity
3/11/18 Sunday Night Live 4–6:30pm, FLC 30 Days of Heartwork | Compassion
3/18/18 Sunday Night Live 4–6:30pm, FLC 30 Days of Heartwork | Mission
3/23/18–3/25/18 District Youth Conference Friday–Sunday, TBA District Youth Conference is a powerful weekend of worship and teaching with like-hearted churches from our region. You won’t want to miss out!
4/1/18 Easter Sunday + Pancake Breakfast 8–11am, Gym (No Sunday Night Live)
4/8/18 Sunday Night Live + Student Leaders 4–6:30pm, FLC “What does the Bible say about _____?” The first Sunday Night Live each month, we’ll lead a discussion around tough questions about faith and life.
4/15/18 Sunday Night Live 4–6:30pm, FLC Student Takeover
4/22/18 Sunday Night Live 4–6:30pm, FLC Eternity | Hell
4/29/18 Sunday Night Live 4–6:30pm, FLC Eternity | Heaven
5/3/18 Student Sunday Mandatory Rehearsal 6–9pm, Worship Center This rehearsal is for all students involved in the Student Sunday service (5/13).
5/6/18 Student Sunday 9am–12pm, Worship Center Students lead the congregation in all aspects of Sunday morning worship.
5/13/18 Sunday Night Live 4–6:30pm, FLC CORE Finale Interactive
5/19/18 Project Serve 8:15am–3:45pm, meet in Gym Our whole youth group serves the community at various nonprofits. Required for those going on upcoming trips with Bethel Students.
5/20/18 Sunday Night Live: Sixth Grade Invade & Last Night Extravaganza 4–6:30pm, FLC Sixth Grade Invade: Preview Summer and Fall 2018. Sixth graders join us for the first time and all events moving forward. An end of Spring celebration.