Christian retreats are usually made up of people from different ministries, churches or organisations. Event goers are thrust into situations where they know only a few people and they may not know anyone else in attendance. Ice breaker games help the event goes get to know each other and learn more about their fellow participants by focusing on sharing small details about each participant’s life.
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I Am Blessed
The I Am Blessed game gives each participant the chance to share something about his life with those in attendance. Start at one side of the room and pick a person at random. Ask that person to give his name, where he's from and a reason he feels blessed. Go around the room, asking each person to say the same thing about herself. Ask participants to respond to the question differently than those who came before them. For example, if the first person says that he feels blessed because of his family, no one else can use the same answer. Someone might feel blessed for a specific person in her family or something her family recently experienced, but she can’t give the same, exact answer.
The Question Ball is an easy ice breaker game that uses an inflatable beach ball. Write down different questions on each area of the ball, using as many questions as will fit on the ball. A few potential questions include, "Name your first crush," "Describe your perfect vacation," "What was the name of your first pet?" or "What kind of car do you drive?" Toss the ball to a random person in the crowd. When someone catches it, he has to answer the question underneath his right palm. Once he answers, he passes the ball to another person. Keep passing the ball around until everyone has the chance to answer at least one question.
Find a Commonality
Pass out pieces of paper and pencils to guests as they enter the Christian retreat. Then divide the participants into teams of two. Give each group 10 minutes to find five things they share in common. They may come from the same hometown, have gone to the same college or have the same car. Once the 10 minutes are up, ask the teams to share what they discovered with the rest of the room. You can change the teams and assign new partners after the first 10 minutes is possible, depending on the time allotted.
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