I opened up Pinterest recently and groaned when I saw the “Bible games” in my feed.
I know you’ve seen them – Bible Jeopardy, Bible Trivia, Match the Bible Couples, etc.
My love for icebreakers has never been a secret.
I even recently shared Why Women’s Ministry Events Need Great Icebreakers.
Here’s the thing though, not all icebreakers are great.
Not all icebreakers are fun.
Some even make the participants feel stupid.
I was at an event a while back and we played several individual icebreaker games – the winners each received a door prize.
One particular game ruffled my feathers. We were given approximately 10 really hard, random trivia questions to answer.
Two were Bible based, so if your Bible knowledge is lacking you were at a disadvantage.
I heard many others around me grumbling about how hard it was.
Instead of being fun, it was frustrating.
If we had played in teams, rather than individually, I think the response would have been much different.
That got me to thinking about other ways that icebreakers “go wrong”.
I hope this list of 10 Things Icebreakers Should Not Do will prevent any icebreakers you do from being a “fail”.
Icebreakers should not:
1. Make anyone feel stupid
2. Humiliate anyone
3. Cause division
4. Exclude someone from participation
5. Reinforce cliques
6. Be boring
7. Take time away from the speaker/program for the evening
8. Encourage the sharing of secrets or lies
9. Cause discomfort or anxiety
10. Violate any church policies
Looking for great icebreakers?
As Women’s Ministries strive to be more relevant some have chosen to eliminate icebreakers and games.
Can I suggest that we not be so hasty?
While I do believe we should update many games and handouts, there is still a time and place for an intentional icebreaker or game.
Here are 6 reasons Why Women’s Ministry Events Need Great Icebreakers:
Do you include icebreakers in your Women’s Ministry events?
How well are they received by your women?
I love a good set of icebreaker questions!
These Valentine Icebreaker Questions are perfect for:
Print and cut them out (click the link below for the free PDF) and place them in a Valentine-themed bag or bowl.
Have each participant to draw one slip to answer. In a smaller group setting you may wish to have everyone answer the same 3-5 questions.
However you choose to use them, the goal is to get the group to share and connect with each other.
Sometimes the silliest answers will provide a great point of connection for two people who didn’t know they had that common bond.
Sometimes questions trigger a sad or difficult memory. Other times questinos just draw a blank. I like to give the option of drawing one new question to help folks through the stumbling blocks.
Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope your group has fun with the questions and gets to know one another better!
You may also want to check out:
5 Keys to a Successful Sweetheart Banquet
10 Things I’ve Learned About Sweetheart Banquets
Not-so Newlywed Game Script
10 Sweetheart Banquet Ideas
The Great Valentine Candy Pass
Free Printable Valentine Verses