Your youth ministry environment is communicating something—whether you’re intentional about it or not. The question is, what is it communicating? As students walk through your ministry’s doors each week, is the environment saying what you want it to? This week on the podcast, join us for a conversation about the impact an environment can have on a student’s sense of belonging and the growth of their faith, and how you can create a great environment on ANY budget.
- The definition of what an environment is (4:21)
- The importance of the prelude or pre-service environment to students (6:25)
- What every student asks upon entering a church environment (8:22)
- Thinking through the eyes of the students (9:23)
- The basic steps of turning your current space into an environment where students feel welcomed (12:33)
- When a student walks through your space, they’re making judgements about how the church feels about them and, ultimately, how
- God feels about them (16:42)
- What elements go into creating an environment (17:30)
- The power of lighting to a space (19:50)
- How churches can get creative with very little budget (21:05)
- Why environment influences the bigger picture of your students’ faith (24:30)
- How to prioritize the environment of your youth space (29:31)
- Ideas on how to create an intentional environment (35:11)
QUOTES FROM THIS EPISODE
An environment gives students space to experience something unique and space to create memories with different people. —Meghan Hewitt Click To TweetAn environment communicates what a space is for, and it helps everyone understand whether they should be there or not. —Crystal Chiang Click To TweetEnergy, momentum, and transitions are vital. If you’re not doing those things well in your youth ministry, the other important things you’re trying to do almost don’t matter. —Brett Talley Click To TweetStudents are your greatest assets to bringing other students to your ministry, so connect with them as soon as they walk in the door. —Steve Underwood Click To TweetWe don’t need to ask kids to acclimate to us, we need to acclimate to them. Then, we bring the gospel with us. —Crystal Chiang Click To Tweet
VOICES IN THIS EPISODE
Brett is an XP3 Orange Specialist with Orange after spending 11 years in full time ministry. He’s been married to his amazing wife since 2004. They have three amazing and hilarious kids who constantly keep them busy and laughing. He loves baseball, golf and makes amazing turkey melt sandwiches (if he has the time and ingredients, otherwise they’re just average).
Steve is the director of video and media for XP3 High School at Orange. With a background experience in the music industry as well as with Disney, Steve understands how to create media and artwork that connects with high school students in a variety of environments. Steve and his wife, Julie, live in Alpharetta, Georgia with their two sons.
Meghan is an Atlanta native and the Design and Experience Producer at Orange. In other words, if something looks awesome, Meghan probably did it. She’s the perfect blend of “making it happen” and “making it awesome.” Before working at Orange, Meghan spent several years on staff with North Point Ministries helping them design and create environments that students love. In her free time, you can find Meghan cheering on Atlanta United and perfecting her banana bread recipe.
Crystal currently leads the XP3 High School initiative at Orange. Before that, she spent 10 years as a high school teacher and student ministry leader, doing everything from leading small groups to speaking to curriculum design. Crystal and her husband, Tom, live in Alpharetta, GA with an ill-tempered chihuahua named Javier.
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