Friday, February 03, 2006

Icebreakers

Okay, I admit it. I hate icebreakers. I realize I am supposed to be the master of icebreakers. That's part of the job description of a good small groups leader, right? If I have to hear one more round of "what cartoon charater are you" or "if you could be any vegetable what would you be?," I think I will scream.

Yet icebreakers can serve a very valuable purpose in a group. They can, as their name says, break through barriers and walls and help build community in a matter of seconds. Some of the best relationships I have formed in small groups have been the result of a connection I made to a person because of an answer to an icebreaker question.

Anybody have any good icebreaker ideas? One of our leaders had a good one last semester. You can read about it here. It required a bit of homework, but it was fun homework.

I would love to hear some more great icebreaker ideas.

1 Comments:

At 1:19 PM, Blogger Elaine B said...

Wow, that Google icebreaker is pretty incredible! I must confess I've never found one that good. One that was used in a recent small group of mine was the High and Low. Basically, everyone shared the high point and the low point of their week. It took a little more time than discussing pizza toppings, but it did help us get to know one another. After about 2 months we discontinued b/c it took so much time.

 

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