youth group | the mix
Welcome to The Mix Youth Cooperative! “The Mix is a group of Jr. & Sr. high students from different churches, schools, cultures, & communities exploring what it means to be followers of Christ in community every day.” The Mix meets every Wednesday evening, from 7 to 9pm, and includes teens from sixth grade through high school.
KEY INGREDIENTS | Youth ministries have been around for years and are always changing in style, structure, and vision. We have found that no matter what, at it’s core, a youth ministries students are best loved and formed in the way of Jesus when both Authentic Relationships are joined by Meaningful Formation.
AUTHENTIC RELATIONSHIPS | People are wired to be in genuine relationship with God, themselves, others, and creation. These authentic relationships comprise the very fabric of life, and their wholeness holds the possibility of restoration and hope for individuals and communities alike. God intentionally created a world God wanted to be a part of, and made people in God’s own image out of the abundance of love shared by the three unified persons of the Trinity. With the tragedy of the fall these life-giving relationships were distorted and disconnected; the Imago Dei remained, but was hidden by brokenness and sin. The good news of the Christian faith has everything to do with Jesus’ incarnation and the restoration of relationship made possible by his life, death, resurrection and ascension. God reveals Godself and redeems the world through the genuine meeting of people who are becoming whole. This is the hope of the gospel. In order for human beings to realize the intention of God for their lives, the good news of restoration from brokenness and disconnection, they must enter intentionally and authentically into genuine meeting with others and with God. In this way life can resound with the dynamic process of identities becoming whole and the kingdom of God becoming a present reality.
This happens through students:
•Belonging in Community
•Dialoguing with the “Other” (people who are different than us)
•Mentoring Mutually (intergenerational, reciprocal relationships)
MEANINGFUL FORMATION | Within the context of authentic relationships, we can participate in meaningful formation together. These are the values that define the substance of a ministry: they pay attention to how students learn and try to offer students a chance to cultivate their desire for God. The substance of The Mix Youth Cooperative’s formation is designed to complement students’ development on a physical, emotional, and spiritual level by alternating between the concrete and the abstract in tangible, interactive, sensory ways:
•Ritual, Rhythms & Rites
•Dialogical Teaching from Scripture
LOGISTICS | The Mix Youth Cooperative meets regularly/weekly on Wednesday nights from 7-9PM at OneLife Community Church | DROP OFF & PICK UP STUDENTS IN THE SMALL PARKING LOT IN THE BACK NW CORNER OF THE BUILDING
Along with our regular meetings on Wednesday nights we will have other BIG EVENTS monthly [see our calendar of events for the details]. We always encourage full participating of students in their respected home church and if not in one to pick one as part of their faith journey.
CONNECTIONS, CULTURES, & COMMUNITIES | We are very excited to be a group from all over the greater Seattle area from different church backgrounds and cultures. Some of the school connections include students from Eckstein, Kellog, Hamilton, Roosevelt, Nathan Hale, Shorecrest, Shorewood, Kings, St. Catherine’s, Blanchet, Ballard, Whitman, Billings, Mount Lake Terrace HS, Bothell/Kenmore Jr|Sr, homeschool students, and more. We are also connecting with and serving students from the Wedgwood, Lake City, Roosevelt, Meadowbrook, Northgate, Ballard, Greenlake, Shoreline, Lynnwood, Bothell, Kenmore, and Mount Lake Terrace, and hope to see this continue to grow.
LEADERSHIP | We have the support of male and female leadership from OneLife Community Church, Hope Bible Fellowship, Northgate Gospel Chapel, North Lynnwood Bible Chapel, Crossway Fellowship, Lakeside Bible Camp, Seattle Pacific University, and other churches to come. With over 20 years experience in youth ministry, Pastor Rich Sclafani provides the overall leadership oversight of this ministry and it’s leaders.
COOPERATIVE NOT COMPETITION | Multiple Church Ministries * Sharing Leadership * Sharing Resources * Sharing Vision * Sharing Impact