Setting the Stage Ministry Group Reaches Out to Young Adults in Seattle

Corner coffee shops and bars line the streets of Seattle, but none offer a comfortable, open environment that shares the love of Jesus.

The young adult group, called The Well, of 24-Seven Ministry Center, decided to change the scene by providing an encouraging alternative to the typical Seattle nightlife options.

To start a Friday night ministry event, team members raised money through an art auction and dinner. Plans snapped into place for this new ministry, named Big Face Hype, to reach unchurched young adults who are curious about Christ and open to meeting new friends.

The event name is a play on words, said Mike Wray, entertainment coordinator. "It's a statement on being hyped up to be real and bold about who you are."

The Capitol Hill Arts Center, a showroom with café-style tables, dim lighting and an open stage, was the place for the first big event.

The four-hour event featured four local Christian bands, local artwork, face painting, make-your-own prayer flag, free sushi and speed friending (a social networking activity with a series of time-limited conversations).

Event organizers counted at least 150 people in attendance throughout the evening with 88 people not being affiliated with the church. Many people came off the street to check out the excitement.

“People's lives were touched because a group of young adults were willing to follow Jesus' example and commission to 'Go' [and meet people where they are]," said Matthew Gamble, a teaching pastor at 24-Seven.

October 01, 2006 / Washington Conference