Connecting and Serving Students in Grades 6-12 and their Families.

Salem Youth Ministries partners with families and the wider church to connect students to one another and to Jesus Christ, and to help them grow in their relationship with Christ. Through experiential learning, worship, service and fun, students are challenged and equipped to live a “whole life” faith that shapes every aspect of their lives.

Our youth program utilizes the Orange curriculum and program to our youth ministries. Orange focuses on relevant, biblical teaching, engaging small-group interactions and intentional connection with and resourcing of parents. Our goal is to have students open themselves to God’s ongoing work in their lives beyond their time with us at Salem. Special events throughout the year will offer opportunities for fun, discipleship, meaningful service, and for inviting friends to come experience God’s love

Luke Korthuis
Youth and Young Adult Pastor

Sue Pederson
Youth Ministry Assistant


Each Sunday (September-May) from 9:45-10:45, students in Grades 6-12 gather for Sunday School. Grades 6-8 each meet separately. Grade 6 centers on the Old Testament, Grade 7 on the New Testament and Church history, and Grade 8 on our statement of faith and the mission of the Church. These classes also represent Confirmation (see separate tab), but students do not need to be in Confirmation to participate. Grades 9-12 meet together in the youth room and will often break into elective classes from there.


Wednesday Bible studies (September-April) provide a mix of fun, connection, biblical teaching, and small group conversations. Middle School (grades 6-8) meets in room 13 from 6:45-8:00 p.m. High School (grades 9-12) meets in room 16 (youth room) from 6:30-8:00 p.m.



Confirmation is open by enrollment to students in grades 6-8. Confirmation classes take place during the Sunday School hour (9:45-10:45 a.m.), and are designed to engage students in basics of the Bible and Christian faith. Beyond the classwork and weekly devotional exercises, students have the opportunity to take field trips to other churches, engage in service projects, and go on a fall retreat. For more information, contact Pastor Mark Pattie.

Special Events

Open to students in grades 6-8

Lock-In ||
March 23, 10:00 p.m. – March 24, 8:00 a.m.

LOCK-IN! LOCK-IN! LOCK-IN! Here it is! The Middle School Lock-In! Join us for food, crazy games, and night games! Bring your friends! Cost is $10

Bowling Adventure
Sunday, April 8 || 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Join us for bowling! We will hop on the bus and head to a local bowling alley for fun and snacks! Eat dinner before you come. Cost: $10

Friday Night Live
Friday, May 11 || 7:30-10:30 p.m.
Bring your friends for a fun night of nail painting, a movie, open gym and night games. Free.


Open to students in grades 9-12

MOVE 2018 || Paused for 2018
After much deliberation, the decision has been made by the Northwest Conference to hit “pause” on our annual high school gathering this year.. BUT … we’re already in conversation about 2019! The plan is to move it outside the Twin Cities to learn about compassion, mercy, and justice issues in the rural areas and small towns. 

Lock-In || April 20-21
Invite your friends and join us for our Annual Lock-In! It will be one for the books! Food, friends, and night games! Cost: $10

Senior Class of 2018 Dinner
Wednesday, May 23 || 6:30 p.m.
Join us as we celebrate the Senior class of 2018! Memories and great food will be shared! More details to come!


Click HERE for scholarship application, if needed.

CHIC 2018

CHIC (Covenant High In Christ)
University of Knoxville, Tennessee
July 14-21, 2018



Payment Schedule:  We are charging students $350, due in two payments.  A first payment of $150  is due Wednesday, January 10. The balance of $200 will be due on April 25. This low rate is due to our hugely successful fundraisers and all the hard work that goes into them! Thank you for your help with these! Checks should be written payable to Salem Covenant Church, with CHIC written in the memo.

CHIC is open to students completing grades 9-12; graduates who attended in 2015 may attend as students a second time. Students do not have to belong to or attend Salem Covenant or any other Covenant church to attend CHIC.  

Travel Dates: We plan to have our group leave by charter bus on Saturday, July 14. We will return late on Saturday, July 21.


General Information

Every three years, the Evangelical Covenant Church hosts a conference of epic proportions for high school students throughout the denomination. For five days more than 6,000 students and leaders from all over the U.S., Canada, and abroad converge on the University of Tennessee at Knoxville for worship, transformation, and fun. The purpose of CHIC is to be a catalyst that inspires Christlike change, challenging students to see themselves as part of something bigger and inspiring them on the journey of following Christ. This coming summer our church will have an opportunity to participate in this event! From the time they arrive, students are stunned by the sheer number of their peers who have intentionally gathered out of a desire to play, worship, learn, and grow in understanding and in faith with people from all sorts of cultures and backgrounds. CHIC really is a life-changing event, and I want your child to join us for it. For further reading, check out the CHIC website at

Inspiring and equipping all generations.