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 10:10-10:50, 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 Christian Education Classes (10:10-10:50 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



Students completing grades 5-8

MUUUCE 2019 || August 1-3
MUUUCE stands for “The Most Unbelievable, Ultimate, Urban, Camping Experience.” MUUUCE is an unforgettable, spiritual, high-energy three days of chaos, Valleyfair, live worship, food & fun with hundreds of middle school students and leaders from all across the state! This event is designed and hosted by Crossroads Covenant Church in Woodbury, MN. Grab a registration form from Luke or from the bulletin board.
Early registration forms are due May 5, Cost: $125.
After May 5, forms are due by July 14. Cost: $140

Bunker Beach
Wednesday, August 14 || 3:30-7:30 p.m.
Bring a swimsuit, towel, a bag supper or money for food, and some friends as we head to Bunker Beach Water Park! Cost: $12



Students completing grades 8-12

Summer Life Groups
Sunday, August 18
5:00-8:00 p.m.
Life Groups are a time for us to gather together throughout the summer. Come and bring a friend for our last event as we eat dinner, play ultimate Frisbee or volleyball, and hang out! No cost.

Junior-Senior Trip 2019 || August 5-12
A week-long trip to Banff National Park in Canada. We will spend the week hiking, camping, and growing together. Registration forms are available from Pastor Luke. Open to students going into 12th grade and graduating seniors. Cost is $315. Registration is due June 3.



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