BEFC STudent ministries

If you spend any time around our church at all, you'll quickly learn one thing: we love students. They're smart. They're funny. They're bold. And they're bursting with potential. We truly believe that the middle and high school students in our midst are world changers in the making.

That's why student ministry is such a huge part of what we do at our church. We want to guide our students in developing a personal faith in Christ as they step into their specific roles in the story He's writing with their lives. We work hard to create environments that engage students in good conversation about God, encouraging them to ask questions, search out answers, and truly learn to listen to His leading in their lives. 

We know that the middle and high school years are a time where students are most in need of kindness, community, and a caring adult to walk alongside them as they grow. Our student ministry provides just that by connecting students with one another as well as with amazing youth leaders who want to support them in their journeys. Buffalo Free Students meet weekly, focusing on friendship, Gospel-centered teaching, and small groups to encourage them in their faith.



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student ministry Programming

Here is what is happening at Buffalo Free Student Ministry! 

  • Christianity Foundation & Formation (CFF)

    (6th–12th grade students)

    We meet on Sunday mornings (starting in late October) in the youth room. During this time we focus on helping students build a strong foundation by understanding who God is, what the Gospel is, the story of God's redemptive plan, and who they are in Christ.

  • Sunday Night Youth

    (6th–12th grade students)

    We meet on Sunday nights (Sep. 13th-May 23rd) from 6:00–8:00pm in the main worship center. During this time we hang out, play a game together, sing some worship songs, experience teaching from God’s Word, and break out into small groups based on grade and gender. 

  • student leadership team

    (9th–12th grade students)

    We meet on Sunday afternoon, once a month from 4:30–5:30 pm. This is a time for students to grow in their leadership, be a part of planning for Buffalo Free Youth, and growing in their relationship with Jesus through Sonlife discipleship studies. 

    To apply for student leadership, please fill out THIS FORM.

Special events:

  • Fall Fling (Oct 9-11)

    Come join us for Fall Fling at Camp Shamineau! It's for 6th-12th grade students!

    The dates are October 9-11 and the cost is $140 per student (which includes all transportation costs, housing, and food), we do have scholarships available based on need. 

    The full payment is due September 27th.

    You can pay online by CLICKING HERE it's underneath the giving portion labeled "Fall Fling Registration Fee".

  • Reality Conference (Nov 13-14)

    If someone asked you what you believed, what would you say?

    The Stand to Reason Student Conference will help you answer some of life's most challenging questions while having so much fun!

    Unfortunately, many students are under the impression that Christianity is make-believe for grown-ups. At REALITY, they’re changing that by using their greatest ally: Reality. Christianity isn’t a made-up story divorced from reality; it is the true story of reality.

    November 13-14, 2020 at Grace Church in Minneapolis, MN (students and parents are invited)- 

    Click Here for more info and to sign up

  • Christmas Party (Jan 10)

    Christmas Party $20 per person (covers food, arcade, bowling, laser tag)- at River City Extreme

  • Laser Tubing (Feb 26)

    Details TBD

  • District Blitz (April 23-25)

    District Blitz April 23-25, 2021 Duluth, MN-

    Details TBD

why we exist

We exist to glorify God and build relationships. We do that through living out our core values (listed below):

  • Surrender To A Gospel-Centered Life

    • Students are no longer at the center of their life, they’re called to live a life where Christ is at the center, where the Gospel is at the center. 
    • Surrender: Luke 9:23–24
    • Gospel as central: Colossians 3:3
    • What does Gospel centered life look like? Colossians 3:12–14

  • Hunger To Know God

    • Students move away from legalism and toward a desire to live like Christ. To have His heart. To see the world through His eyes. To serve as His hands. 
    • What does hungering for God look like? Philippians 3:8–10
    • Hunger for knowing God through the Bible: Psalm 1:1–2; John 8:32
    • Hunger for knowing God through prayer: Philippians 4:6–7; Psalm 63:1

  • Embrace Christian Community

    • Students commit to growing together in their knowledge of God, enjoying each other’s fellowship, praying for one another, and meeting each other’s needs. But they’re also called to the difficult work of community. 
    • God authorizing Christian community: Matthew 18:20
    • A picture of life lived in Christian community: Acts 2:42–47
    • More than just fellowship: Galatians 6:1–3

  • Engage With Our Surroundings

    • As Christ-followers, students are called to engage their neighborhood, their city, their country, and the world in the name of Christ. This is the Gospel in action: 2 Corinthians 5:11–21
    • Jesus commands us to engage: Acts 1:8
    • Our motivation for engaging: 1 Corinthians 9:19–23
    • An example of what engaging looks like: Isaiah 58:6–10

  • Desire to Worship God

    • Worship is their response to God when they encounter Him, and they encounter God all around them every day, then we can quickly see that worship must go beyond the sanctuary on Sunday mornings!  
    • Worship is a response to who God is: Psalm 136:1–3
    • Worship flows from our hearts: Psalm 103:1–2
    • Worship is how we live our lives: Romans 12:1–2
  • Invest in Multiplying Disciples

    • Students are seeking out the lost in their sphere of influence and inviting them into their lives to see how Christ has rescued them. 
    • Jesus modeling multiplication: Mark 1:16–18
    • Jesus describing discipleship: Matthew 16:24–26
    • The command to multiply and grow the Kingdom: Matthew 28:19–20

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