What are Icebreakers?
Icebreakers are questions asked during a meeting – such as a small church group – to help its members quickly feel at ease. Because of unfamiliarity and a lack of understanding of what are the normal procedures of the group, whenever people get together, interactions and discussions can become awkward and hindered. Icebreakers can therefore be used to create this familiarity. They are most beneficial to new persons who were invited or who are visiting the meeting for the first time. The desired end result is a more open discussion and a pleasing environment within the small group. The meeting can then continue more smoothly, successfully and powerfully.
When can icebreakers be used?
Usually, icebreakers are used at the beginning of the session. Icebreakers are starting points! They are supposed to get that part of the meeting sidetracked! The more sidetracked this session of the meeting becomes – the better!
Here are a few questions that the small group leader – or presenter of the icebreaker session – can ask. I am sure you can think of others.
1) When you were growing up, where did you live?
2) How big is your family?
3) When did God become more important to you?
4) What is your favorite hobby?
5) If you had the week to do all over again, what would you do differently?
6) If you were to ask God to change one problem in the world, what would it be?
7) If I gave you $10,000 what would you spend it on?
8) Who is your favorite cartoon character?
9) What would you rather do most…watch TV or listen to music? Why?
10) If you had enough money – and if time were no object- what would you be doing now?
11) If you were to buy a pet today, what would you buy?
12) If you could change anything about yourself, what would you change?
13) What is your favorite book in the Bible?
14) Who is your favorite character in the Bible?
15) What Bible verse did you use or had to use this week?
16) What place that you traveled did you enjoy the most? Why?
17) What book do you recommend, besides the Bible, to read this spring/summer/fall/winter?
18) If you were to go back in time, where would you go?
19) Where did you live when you were in the first grade?
20) What were you doing when the 9-11-2001 attack occurred in New York?
21) What is your strongest skill?
22) What room in the house do you enjoy the best?
23) What is your favorite sport to play or watch?
24) What is your favorite food?
25) What is the best advice you have ever received?
26) What game do you enjoy playing the most?
27) What is your favorite dessert?
28) What is the best compliment you can give a person?
29) What is the best thing that has ever happened to you?
30) What kind of music do you enjoy listening to the most?
31) Will football be played in the Kingdom? Baseball? Soccer?
32) If you were to name one piece of clothing that describes you, what would it be?
33) What is one thing which makes you different?
34) If given a chance, who would you like to be for a day?
35) What’s the one thing, you can’t live without?
36) If you had only 24 hours to live, what would you do?
37) Which Bible character, besides Jesus Christ, would you like to be for a day?
38) What do you think Victoria’s secret is?
39) You have three wishes. What would you wish for?
40) You have one minute to speak to the entire nation on national television. What one or two important things would you say?
10) Share the worst sin you’ve ever committed.
9) If you were God, who would you punish first?
8) Which person in this group do you think needs to find Jesus the most?
7) Which people at your church do you wish would find a different church, and why?
6) If you could erase any verse out of the Bible, which one would it be?
5) Share the juiciest piece of gossip you know so we can pray about it.
4) If you could have anything from your neighbor’s house, what would it be?
3) What’s your favorite of The 10 Commandments to break?
2) If you could change anything about your spouse, what would it be?
1) If you could commit any sin and get away with it, what would it be?
* To the best of my knowledge, these came from Eric Metcalf.