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Secrets to Great Icebreaker Games Tips

CTA - Christ to All /Mar. 07, 2022
Secrets to Great Icebreaker Games Tips

By CTA – Christ to All  

Guest: Cyndee Ownbey, author of Rethinking Women’s Ministry: Biblical, Practical Tools for Cultivating a Flourishing Community. Cyndee serves as a mentor to thousands of women’s ministry leaders through her website and Facebook community, Women’s Ministry Toolbox.   

Introduction: Icebreakers set the tone for your event. Use this sound advice when choosing icebreaker games for your women’s ministry events.  


Why use icebreakers? 

  • Encourage connections and bonding 
  • Allow relationships to grow and deepen 
  • Put the focus on others and not on women’s own insecurities 

Tips as you use icebreakers 

  • Delivery matters—have fun! 
  • Be enthusiastic 
  • Give clear instructions 
  • Encourage participants 
  • Wrap up 
  • Choose icebreakers with group size in mind 
  • Be prepared with materials: do you have necessary pens? worksheets? microphone? prizes? signs?  
  • Include everyone and avoid embarrassing anyone 
  • Screen questions ahead of time 
  • Don’t ask for secrets 
  • Avoid divisive topics 
  • Pre-recruit participants, if needed 
  • Avoid Bible-knowledge games, unless the material has been recently taught 
  • Consider working in teams 


Editor’s note: Today’s entry is slightly adapted from the Summary Sheet, a resource that highlights the key points in the Focus on Leadership conversation: Secrets to Great Icebreaker Games. To have access to this and all the Focus on Leadership conversations all year long, check out The Advantage at