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 live out God’s story. 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 (TBA, 2018)

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! Cost is $99/family for their students.

Project Serve (May 20, 2017)

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 27–29, 2017)

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!

Registration is now open! Click here for more information. To register, turn in this form to the Bethel Students office or email it to Sarah at Contact Sarah with any questions by email or by calling 701-232-4476!

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. This year, we’ll be going to Rosebud Reservation (SD) and Honduras!

     Rosebud, June 18–23, 2017

This trip is open to all students (grades 7–12). We will be partnering with Youthworks to do a Kids Club program and various service projects. Cost is $299/family, with a $99 deposit. Registration is now closed.

     Honduras, July 21–29, 2017

This trip is open to upperclassmen or students who have been on a mission trip previously. We will be in Tegucigalpa, partnering with local missionaries in doing VBS and construction. Registration is now closed for this trip. For those going on the trip, the next team meeting is Sunday, May 21, from 6:30–7:30pm in Room 112.

Fall Retreat (October, 2017)

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! When the time gets closer, check back here for more information.

Challenge Conference (July, 2018)

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.

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)

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)

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 4/9. (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





In the process of hiring
Administrative Assistant to Pastor Steven Dunkel

Sarah Dunkel






Sarah Dunkel
Associate Director of Student Ministries

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 Date Event Time/Place Description
4/30/17 Sunday Night Live 4–6:30pm, FLC “Experiencing God”
5/4/17 Student Sunday Mandatory Rehearsal 6–9pm, Worship Center This rehearsal is for all students involved in the Student Sunday service (5/7)
5/7/17 Student Sunday 9am–12pm, Worship Center Students lead the congregation in all aspects of Sunday morning worship. No Sunday Night Live.
5/14/17 Sunday Night Live: 6th Grade Invade! 4–6:30pm, FLC Preview Summer and Fall 2017. Sixth graders join us for the first time and all events moving forward.
5/20/17 Project Serve 8:15am–3:45pm Our whole youth group serves the community at various nonprofits. Required for those going on upcoming trips with Bethel Students.
5/21/17 Sunday Night Live: Last Night Extravaganza 4–6:30pm, FLC An end of Spring celebration you won’t want to miss!