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 completing grades 6-8

Glocal Mission Trip 2018 || July 9 – 11
This GLOCAL experience will expose students to a variety of service opportunities, encourage students to step out of their comfort zones, and begin to see ways they can serve in their own backyard. This Middle School mission experience will take place in Duluth. Cost: $100/student. Registration forms are on the bulletin board or print HERE – space is limited to 19 students! Scholarships available.
Note: Only open to students completing grades 6-8

Messy Games Part 2  
Wednesday, July 25 || 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

This is it! Come for the 2nd Annual Messy Games. We will be partnering with other Covenant churches to have a ton of middle school students participating at Salem. Get ready to have tons of fun! Wear clothes or a swimsuit that can get messy. Bring a bunch of friends! Pre-register cost $4; $5 at the door.

MUUUCE 2018 || August 2-4
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. Forms MUST be in by July 23. Cost: $125.

Bunker Beach || Wednesday, August 15
The rain may have gotten the best of us last year, but we are headed to Bunker Beach this year! Bring a swimsuit, towel, a bag supper or money for food, and some friends as we head to Bunker Beach Water Park! Then, we’ll head back to Salem for a bonfire, s’mores, and backyard games! Cost: $12


Open to students completing grades 8-12

Summer Life Groups
Sundays June 24, July 8, July 29, and August 12
5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Life Groups are a time for us to gather together throughout the summer. Come and bring a friend as we eat dinner, play ultimate Frisbee or volleyball, and hang out! A couple events may be off campus – stay tuned to the weekly emails and social media to see what is happening! No cost.
*July 8 will be a ‘CHIC Get-Together’ at the Kleins. If you are going to CHIC, plan to be there!

CHIC 2018 || July 14-21
Our triennial denominational conference hosted at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville! A week of life-changing worship, learning, and fun! Contact Pastor Luke with any questions!

Junior-Senior Trip 2018 || August 5-10
New this year! A week-long trip to Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado. 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 $250. Registration due June 3

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.