Why I Don’t Do Bible Games

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.

Why I Don't Do Bible Games

“Bible games” are great for people who know the Bible. Who’ve had a chance to finish every lesson and attend every small group session.

My problem is this –  “Bible games” make those we want to reach run in the opposite direction.

The very people we want to reach, that we want to attend our event, leave feeling like they:

  • Aren’t not enough
  • Have soooo much to learn
  • Can’t compete
  • Don’t fit in
  • That they’ll never catch up

I don’t know about you, but I don’t want any woman at any event to leave feeling less than.

I want women to leave feeling loved, wanted, valued, and smart!

Please, please think twice before you play a “Bible game” at your next Women’s Ministry event, Sunday school class, or small group meeting.

Always expect visitors.

Assume there will be women in attendance that do not own a Bible

Assume there will be women in attendance that do not own a Bible. That won’t know that there is more than one Mary in the Bible. That won’t have a wealth of Bible trivia at their fingertips.

When God gives us the opportunity to love one another, let’s make sure we do just that.

As I step down off my soapbox, let me say there is a time and place for “Bible games”.

“Bible games” can be an effective way to reinforce what was just taught.

We played many of them with our Youth during Sunday school lessons, but we focused on the material from the lesson that we had just taught that day.

And if you want to gather for a friendly game of Bible Trivia with your friends, please do!

If you’re looking for a game or icebreaker to play with your group, I encourage you to check out my Icebreakers & Games page. You’ll find lots of visitor-friendly ideas there!

Your turn to share: What do you think? Do “Bible games” have a place at women’s ministry events?

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Comments

  1. Esther, I appreciate your response. If your bible study group is a closed group (meaning no new ladies are showing up after week 1) than perhaps it might work if you stick to questions that come specifically from the Bible study. However, anyone who missed a week or more might feel at a disadvantage. You may not have encounter this situation, but we have a number of women who aren’t always able to complete the weekly homework and a quiz would definitely discourage and not encourage those women from coming…just something to think about.

  2. Quiet interesting! Thanks for sharing this with us. Personally, l don’t think we should rule out playing bible games in women’s group. What l could suggest is to choose discreetly the ones that everyone can relate with. For example, you could compile all the questions from all the bible studies your group ha had together and have a quiz base on that.

  3. Luz, thank you for sharing your experience… I hate that happened…

  4. Agree i remember feeling this way my first years on the Lord even a few ithers that had years in the Lord but didn’t know much bible you could notice felt embarrass. While the ones that answered boasted.

  5. Thanks Rebecca! 🙂

  6. Rebecca says:

    agreed!

  7. Holly, Wow! I am floored!! A bible quiz? Goodness! There’s no way I would have gotten all of them right either. My heart hurts for the other women that were in attendance… Praying for eyes to be opened so women don’t ever leave an event feeling less than… Thank you for sharing your experience with all of us! Just sorry it had to happen!

  8. Thank you so much for this. I went to a conference a while ago (happened to go by myself), and one of the speakers was emphasizing how important it is to know The Bible. SHE GAVE EVERYONE A QUIZ! I grew up in the church and I still missed several! The organizers were clear that this was an OUTREACH for women. I left really, really irritated about it, but since I was alone, there was no one to vent to…haha. You could feel the “tension/awkwardness” in the room. Glad I’m not the only one who feels this way.

  9. Oh Gina! Thank you for sharing your experience. My heart hurts too!! I cringe any time I hear a Pastor or speaker say “you all know the story….” assuming everyone in the audience knows that particular Bible story… It’s something I hope we’ll all become more sensitive to.

  10. Gina Duke says:

    Cyndee, this is a very good point. One of the ladies on my women’s ministry team did host Bible Trivia during our Wednesday night service several years ago, and it did draw some women in our church whom had not been coming to other things, but they all knew each other well. So, I am sure they felt “safe” playing, and they felt like they learned a lot from the experience. But you are right, in that this game probably would not be a good idea when hosting an event that you hope will draw new (unknown) women into. Years ago, I had been trying to get a girl I worked with to come to Sunday School. She and her husband started coming to our church, but would not plug into a small group. Finally, she told me one day the reason she never planned to attend SS – she was not raised in church and did not even know basic children’s Bible stories; therefore, there was no way she was going to embarrass herself in an adult Bible study class. She was horrified at the thought of people realizing that she did not know the difference between Noah and Jonah. My heart broke for her, and it made me realize that everybody is not Bible literate just because they look like us other home-grown church folk. This is a very good point with real wisdom.

  11. Thanks Shelley – it’s just not worth the risk!

  12. Thanks for sharing your opinion. Sometimes playing as a team can be helpful!

  13. So agree … there’s a time and place … this venue would not be the place 😉

  14. I understand your concern and agree you do not want to make visitors feel uncomfortable, but I don’t have a problem with a Bible game in the right context. We have successfully used them in our small groups, but we always play as a team. If someone is new or less equipped to answer they can still participate.

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