One of our main goals is to equip your adult leaders with all that they need in order to lead meaningful Group Times. We believe that Group Times can be some of the most important moments in an entire week of MIX. Junior High students need an outlet through which to express themselves and hear from those who are playing a key role in their lives, and Group Time is the perfect place for that. We want your students to be engaged and to get excited about sharing their thoughts with their group.
With that in mind, we are delivering your group time content in packets. These packets will contain 10 cards that the adult leader will hand out to each of the students in their group. (It’s ok if students share or double up!) The students will lead their own group time by reading the questions or the activities on these cards.
EVERY ADULT should DOWNLOAD THE MIX APP BEFORE ARRIVING at your destination. There they will find all Group Time Content. At some camp locations, the app may be hindered by WIFI limitations, therefore it is important to download beforehand. Prepare for Group Times by following these simple steps:
1. Group Time Breakdown
First, think through how to break down your large group into smaller groups. If you already have existing small groups, MIX would be a great place to continue the work that has already begun throughout the year. If you aren’t sure how to break into groups, we recommend dividing your groups by gender and then by age. Gender breakdowns also allow you to use dorm rooms for additional meeting space on campus.
2. Adult Leaders
Next, if you haven’t already, start recruiting some great adults to partner with for your week of MIX. You’ll need people who aren’t afraid to engage discussion and who are willing to point students to Jesus. One of the best practices is to place an adult leader with a group of students that will continue to meet together beyond the event. As a reminder, every Adult should download the MIX app before arriving at the event.
3. Group Time Material
Before your week of MIX, you’ll want to take a look at the Group Time material provided by MIX. Read through it yourself first to get a gauge for what will be coming during the week of MIX. Then, make sure to pass it on to all of your adult leaders so that they are prepared as well.
4. Adult Leader Meeting
Before leaving for MIX, you’ll want to give your adult leaders some key insight for the week. Walk them through the Group Time Material and lay out any additional group time expectations you might have. This would also be a great time to assign them to students who will be in their groups for the week so that they can begin praying for them.
We're excited for a great year of MIX!