Faith Club Ice Breakers

How do you start talking to strangers about God, religion, faith, death,

prejudice, and eternity? Very slowly. It’s not like discussing the weather.

You can disagree about tomorrow’s forecast, and no one will suffer. But if

you imply to someone that her religious practices are devoid of reason, her

faith has no validity, or her religion misinterprets scripture, you are

threatening the very core of her identity. Don’t expect to see her at meeting

number two.  So, play it safe instead. Use some of our Ice Breakers to get to know one

another. Faith club members will each reveal a little about themselves, and

in the process you’ll learn to trust and respect one another. You’ll find

commonalities that may surprise you and discover differences that you may

need to keep in mind as you ease into more intimate and divisive

conversation topics. 

THE INTERVIEW

Divide into pairs. Each person gets five minutes to

interview another person about her background including where she is from,

what she studied, how religion was practiced in her family, etc. (If you’re a

small group, take turns interviewing each other.) After ten minutes, the

members introduce their partner to the rest of the club. See how accurately

people perceive one another based on a first impression.

FIND A PARTNER

Each member takes a name tag and writes down two or

three adjectives describing themselves. Everybody compares tags, then

chooses someone with opposite adjectives and talks to that person for five

minutes. Can they come up with two or three adjectives that describe both

of them?

THEY JUST DON’T GET IT  

If you are a large faith club, break into

groups of three or four people of the same religion. Make a list of five things

you’d like people to understand about your religion. If you’re a small group,

each member can make his or her own list.

DREAM WEAVER

Share a dream that you think may have had some

religious significance. Let the other members of your faith club try to

analyze its meaning.

THE LIE DETECTOR

Each person takes an index card and writes down

three statements about his or her faith. Two are true, and one is a lie. Read

them aloud, and members try to guess which statement is a lie.

THE QUOTATION GAME

Everyone should bring a quotation that is

inspirational to them. Write the quotes on index cards. Shuffle the cards and

see if faith club members can guess who brought each quote. Don’t guess

your own!

DO YOU BELIEVE IN MIRACLES?

Share a miracle you’ve heard

about in your life. Do you believe it? Do others believe it?

ARE YOU TALKING TO ME?

Write down a sentence that you hope no

one ever utters in the confines of your faith club. Take a deep breath, read

your sentence aloud, and see what happens to the temperature in the room.

R-E-S-P-E-C-T

Lay your cards on the table. What is the most important

thing you want people to respect about you and your religion? Write that

point down. Then belt it out!

I HAVE A DREAM

Answer these two questions. Why did you join a faith

club, and what do you hope to get out of this experience?