Team-building activities for church groups

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Team-building activities for church groups
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Youth, college and adult church groups can all benefit from team-building activities. As churches become increasingly diverse organisations, true teamwork cannot be assumed but must be practised, and even built. Three simple activities, making your own Amazing Race, planning a day of outdoor activities at a nearby camp and having team members participate in a simple trust fall, will help any church group’s members come closer together.

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Amazing Abraham

A simple adaptation of the popular reality-TV series, the Amazing Race, will bring your group closer together in a fun, adventurous way. Just as Abraham left his home and family to go to the place God would show him, your group can split into smaller groups of four or less and compete on an interconnected scavenger hunt that can span an area as small as your church building or one as large as your city. Include at least one roadblock and detour (challenging activities teams will have to work together to perform) and make a finish mat for teams to race toward.

Wilderness Wandering

The Israelites wandering in the wilderness for 40 years on their way to the promised land can be a springboard for growth and teamwork for the members of your church group. Reserve space at a nearby camp for the day or overnight. Consider incorporating a low-ropes course, which allows people of all skill levels the ability to participate and yet offers a challenge for members to rally around. Low ropes course activities include balancing, blindfolding and spiderweb activities. In the spiderweb, a series of holes is made with rope through which team members must climb, untouched.

Trust Falls

This classic team-building activity is perfect for church groups, as it gives members an opportunity to talk about faith. One member climbs up to the edge of a high chair or table and falls backward into a group of six or more teammates’ outstretched arms. Since faith in one's teammates is required from the person in order to fall, it provides a perfect corollary to the faith required to build teams, trust others, and believe in that which cannot be seen.

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