“...He began to send them out two-by-two and gave them authority...”
— Mark 6:7 (NIV)

The Importance of Accountability


WHY 2 people per room?

In Mark 6:7, Jesus dispersed his disciples by twos in order to spread the good news. But he also did it to insure that one would help the other keep from distraction, so that both could stay on course. There is some truth to the old adage that there is strength in numbers. 

Here at Cubed Living, we highly believe in that same strategy.

We understand that being alone in one's faith can be challenging. Therefore, we apply the "Two-by-two" approach in all dorm rooms. Following this basic guideline strengthens our walk with Christ, because together we can see and come to understand the need for one another. Together, we can help prevent each other from making poor life choices. Together, we can prevail in the name of Jesus.

Check out some of the research conducted on the issue: 

“With a private room, it’s very easy to find yourself cut off from a social life. If you just go back to your room as soon as class is over, you’re never going to meet anyone new or have any experiences beyond those in the classroom.” -- Spencer Kiessling, freshman at the University of South Carolina

“Learning to interact effectively with others is a central element of success in adult life in both work and personal contexts,” says Marcia Baxter Magolda, a professor at Miami University in Ohio who conducted a 27-year longitudinal study on young adult development. Establishing an “inner voice,” she says, is necessary to function effectively in today’s complex world, where one must think critically, evaluate multiple perspectives, make ethical decisions, and balance one’s own needs with those of others. But such growth isn’t automatic; it requires interaction. “Having a roommate in a residence hall system, where the staff members assist students in navigating the complexity of relationships, would contribute to such growth.” 

Many people who became lifelong friends with their roommate also find the private-room trend troubling. “I don’t think it’s a good idea,” says Harry Frankenfeld, a 2001 graduate of Belmont University in Nashville who is now an audio engineer and videographer in Seattle. “Living in the dorms helped me, as an only child, connect and learn how to live with other people. I think I’m more balanced because of my friendship with my roommate. I had to learn to work through conflict, and learn how to celebrate someone else’s ‘wins.’”

"...academic studies show roommates can have positive effects on each other. For example, sociologist David R. Harris found in a 2002 American Sociological Review study that white students who were paired up with non-white roommates ended up more open-minded about race."

Learning about different cultures and experiencing the breakdown of one’s stereotypes are important lessons that can be learned through having a roommate, says Dalton Conley, dean of social sciences at New York University. [...] “Roommates simply teach us to be tolerant and adapt,” Conley says. “In our increasingly customized, digitized, on-demand world, there are not many experiences that provide this sort of socialization.”

See the full article from "The Atlantic" here.

Additional Articles:

See what FORBES has to say about roommate prepping before you move in. 

"10 Tips for Living with a College Roommate"