What Happens Here
- Large games such as pool or table tennis or even 3 v 3 basketball cages
- Video game stations
- Informal seating
- Food service
- Visitor welcome
- Program information
What to Look For
- What does the space communicate about the value placed on youth? What does the space communicate about the value placed on the church’s message?
- Is the space dedicated to a single kind of activity? If not, how easily is it converted to another use? Are there provisions for changing the look and feel of the room to match the various activities that take place there? During a session? Between sessions?
- Is there a fixed platform or center of worship or can the center be relocated to vary the use of the assembly space?
- Does music generated on the platform sound lively and well-blended? Are spoken words easy to hear and understand?
Why It Matters
As the level of biblical literacy shrinks, fewer people are comfortable or competent teaching or leading and the importance of large group teaching grows.
Adults seem to think that space for youth should be highly “technical,” with the ambience of a recording studio. It’s the baby-boomer vision of contemporary.
Before jumping on that bandwagon, however, take a look at the environments that students choose for themselves. It’s not uncommon for new youth assembly spaces to take on a highly tactile, almost primitive feel. These spaces reflect what is probably the most reliable instinct of adolescents, choosing space and experiences that are counter-cultural. The most traditional-loooking space at NorthPoint Church in Atlanta is its youth assembly
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.