Elevate Youth Group meets at Bethel every Wednesday at 6:30pm. We love camaraderie and gaming, contemporary worship and Bible teaching. Elevate often has time in small groups designed for prayer and more personal conversation; we want to challenge and support each other!
A typical Elevate gathering will include games, worship, teaching, videos, small group time and food. We try to balance discussion of hot-button issues with sound Bible teaching. We are committed to service in our church, community, and the wider world, as well as encouraging personal spiritual growth through prayer and discipleship as we walk through life together.
Junior High Friday School classes meet from 8:30-9:15am and the Senior High group meets from 9:20-10:00 at the Ignite Youth Center next to Fosston High School nearly every Friday during the school year.
Pastors Tyler Stynsberg and Josh Johnson teach the class together, with the 2022-2023 curriculum going through the TV series Acts to Revelations.
Missions and evangelism are a central part of the ministry of Elevate. With groups that have gone to Africa and Guatemala along with local missions opportunities as they arise.
Camps are the apex of the summer ministry at Bethel and run through most of July. Our camp is located six miles south of Fosston via county highway 6 on the east side of Sand Hill Lake. The grounds are meticulously taken care of and run exceptionally well by Manager Don Vanklompenburg. Our summer camps are a time to be intentional about drawing nearer to God as well as building friendships and having a ton of fun! Each year there is a new tag line for the camp theme but our main theme is always ENCOUNTER. We want our kids to pursue God! Read more about Sand Hill Lake Bible Camp on their website.
We offer youth events during the course of the year as an added opportunity for kids to have Christian fellowship together and promote relational growth with our adult leaders. Past and future events include, tubing, horseback riding, movie nights, game nights, lock ins, canoe trips, biking in Itasca and much more.
Discipleship and leadership are a big part of Elevate Student Ministries. Regular Wednesday night small groups and Bible studies provide an opportunity to dig deeper in our walk with God together by working through tough questions together and solidifying a strong foundation based on sound doctrine.
Pastor Josh Johnson was born and raised in the Fosston area, graduating from Fosston High School in 1995. He then attended the Association of Free Lutheran Bible School where he met his wife Tammy. They moved to Minot, ND where Josh served as youth pastor at Our Redeemer’s Church. Josh and Tammy have 5 children and have been part of the Bethel church for over 20 years before Josh came on as full time Youth & Associate Pastor in January of 2023. Josh and Tammy both have a heart to see kids grow closer to the Lord through mentorship as well as a desire to support moms and dads by giving them opportunities to cultivate strong Christian relationships with others within the church through men’s and women’s events.
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