Tips for figuring out the best icebreaker for your event!

Recently my sister sent me a text asking if I could send her an icebreaker idea for their next women’s ministry meeting.

I peppered her with questions about her event and its set-up.

  • What’s the purpose of the event?
  • What’s the event theme?
  • How many women will there be?
  • How will they be seated?
  • Do you want them to get up and mingle with others in the room?
  • Do you want them to connect with those seated at their table?
  • How much time do you want to fill?

As I prepare to lead the icebreakers at two upcoming conferences, I realized these are the same questions I’m asking too!

What’s the best icebreaker?

I thought it might be helpful to create a guide for you to walk through too, as you determine the best icebreaker for your event or meeting.

Grab a piece of paper and jot down the answers to these questions:

  1. What is the purpose of the event or meeting?
  2. What’s the event theme?
  3. Does the icebreaker need to connect with that theme?
  4. How many women will be in attendance?
  5. How will the room be set-up? Round tables with chairs?
  6. Do you have additional space in which the game can be played?
  7. Do you want your women to connect with the women at their table or mix and mingle around the room?
  8. How much time to do you have set aside for the icebreaker game?
  9. Are you using your game to distribute door prizes or gifts?

I know, that’s a lot of questions, but when time is of the essence, you may not be able to shuffle your women, give instructions, and have enough time to actually play the icebreaker game.

Now that you know what you need, here’s a listing of icebreaker games on my site that work best in the situation listed.

If you are looking for a game which encourages women at their table or in a small group to connect try:

A Day in the Life
A Few of My Favorite Things
Top 10 Lists
Christian Icebreaker: IF Questions
Fall Table Talk Cards
Movie Themed Icebreaker Questions
Roll & Poll (also available in a Christmas version)
Spring and Easter Table Talk Cards
Summer Table Talk Cards
Summer Would You Rather Icebreaker Questions
The Great Candy Pass (see also the Great Christmas Candy Pass)
What’s on ur phone? (also see the Christmas version)

If you want your women to mix and mingle with each other try:

High School Memories Bingo
Share Bingo Game
Meet Your Match
Summer Reflections
Things We Love Bingo
Take Flight
Women’s Ministry Bingo

If you’re looking for an active game that gets your women up and moving try:

Either/Or Icebreaker Game
Four Corners
Pick-a-Side: Christmas version
What’s inside your car? (scavenger hunt)
Who here? (move, but stay in the same place)
Who here? Summer Version

If you want to use the game to distribute door prizes of gifts try:

Christmas Pass the Package Game
Christmas Left Right Game
Mother’s Day Left Right Story (easily adaptable for any women’s ministry event)
Mother’s Day Pass the Package Game

If you’re looking for holiday-themed games check out these:

Christmas Icebreaker Games
Valentine Icebreaker Games

If time is a challenge, most of the game instructions offer suggestions for shortening the game such as not filling the entire card, asking everyone to answer the same question, etc.

I pray you’ll find just the right game for your situation and that God will use it to help your women connect with one another.

If you’re looking for more event planning ideas, be sure to check out the Women’s Ministry Event Planning 101 online course.

You may also want to read:
Icebreakers and Games (complete list)
Why Women’s Ministry Events Need Great Icebreakers
10 Things Icebreakers Should Not Do
Why I Don’t Do Bible Games

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