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 someone to walk alongside them as they grow. Our student ministry provides just that, connecting students with one another as well as with leaders who want to support them in their journeys. Buffalo Free Students meet weekly, focusing on friendship, teaching, and small groups to encourage students in their faith.


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Current Sunday Night Youth Series:


Today’s teenagers find themselves living in a culture that is antagonistic (the view that the existence of God, of the divine or the supernatural is unknown or unknowable) to much of what they believe. Against this backdrop, how do they know how to engage with culture in a way that keeps their influence intact, but keeps them from being negatively impacted by the world? The good news is that Jesus had lots to say about this.



This series will help your teenager understand how to live as Christ-followers in the world he or she lives each day in. Our students will learn how to embrace being separate from the world but still living in it; how their lives as Christ-followers will be counter-cultural; how they are affected by what they consume of culture through media and entertainment; and that Christ’s ultimate goal for them is to embrace holiness in their interactions with culture

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 (Sept 8th-May 17th) from 11 am to noon 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 (Sept 8th-May 17th) from 6:00-8:00 pm in the youth room. 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:


  • Youth Christmas Party

    Join us Sunday, January 5th, from 4-8 pm for our Youth Christmas Party!


    We will have a Christmas costume contest, white elephant gift exchange ($5 max), cookie decorating, photo booth, food, games and more!!


    Bring a friends and we will see you there!!

  • District Blitz

    April 17-19th


    Where: Duluth, MN

    Speakers: Justin Weavers, Heather Flies, Mark Gold

    Music: Iron City Worship


    Theme: Plug In




    Check out there website here

  • APEX Missions TRip


    We are looking at doing a missions trip this summer with APEX.


    More details to come!

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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