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Our very first Ministry Mixer was a joint mission project creating sleeping mats for the homeless population of downtown Dallas using “plarn,” or yarn made by cutting and connecting the scraps of plastic grocery bags.

But I can tell you this: when each of those students looks back on their time with our youth group, and they recall the adults who cared enough about them to share their own stories, they will have a picture of the church as a family who values and needs each of its members.

A majority of single adults in the Columbus area do not attend church.

Having taken classes from Chap Clark while pursuing my M. at Fuller Theological Seminary, I decided to attend the learning lab on Sticky Faith, led by Fuller Youth Institute’s Kara Powell and Brad Griffin, at last year’s National Youth Workers Convention.

As soon as I returned home I began to see this phenomenon of separation in our own church, and began to talk about it with our parents and adult leadership team.

The rules are simple, bring a book (loved, hated or recently read) to break the ice as you speed date through the prospects.

In youth ministry we’ve begun to notice that two things occur as our youth programs become increasingly self-sustaining and disconnected: the adults in our congregation feel left out, uninformed and unappreciated, and the teenagers in our groups fail to become a part of the larger church family as God intends.

Together we agreed that an intergenerational approach to our youth ministry would be a win-win for everyone.