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 ctainc.com.