Prayer Room

What Happens Here

  • Delivery of bulk supplies such as paper goods
  • Delivery of food or supplies for meals prepared ro served on campus
  • Trash collection
  • Loading and unloading of instruments and gear for visiting musicians

What to Look For

  • Is the church large enough to warrant a dedicated loading dock?  If not, how are deliveries managed?
  • If a loading dock is available, how does it accommodate vehicles of different bed heights?

Why It Matters

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Except for those with the largest facilties, most churches can get by just fine without a loading dock.  They simply don’t take on supplies or generate trash at the same rate as commercial facilities of the same size.  Even the busiest church kitchen, for instance, simply doesn’t require as much food and supplies as an average restaurant.

Since musicians (or other program presenters) can’t always count on finding a loading dock everywhere they travel, most plan as if they won’t find one anywhere.

A typical church’s pattern of use is also more likely to allow shared use of public entrances: it’s usually quite easy to find down times in which public doors can be used as service entrances.  Doing so also minimizes measures necessary to keep an eye on secondary entrances.

One exception is a church that, in the event of a community emergency, intends to serve as a depot for mattresses, blankets and other bulky supplies that can’t quickly move through standard doors and may wish to make appropriate provisions for an admittedly rare scenario.

Room x Room posts are brief examinations of the nature, purpose and potential of typical spaces used in ministry. The intent is to help users see and consider how each component contributes to (or hinders) the ministry it serves.