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Christian Bible Group Icebreakers

Updated on October 9, 2009

Icebreakers for Christian Bible Groups

Icebreakers are perfect for any kind of gathering or party, and they are a wonderful way for people to become acquainted with each other. Here, we have icebreaker questions, icebreaker games, and icebreaker activities suitable for many different occasions, but mainly focusing on Christian icebreakers. Remember, you can always modify the icebreakers so that they are better suited to your small or large group!

Christian Icebreaker Questions

Some of the easiest icebreakers for any occasion are icebreaker questions. You can ask any version of these questions in your Christian small group or a church gathering, and use them to learn more about each other.

  1. Which Bible character do you most relate to?
  2. What is your favorite book of the Bible?
  3. What is it that you want to have the most?
  4. If you could ask God one question, what would it be?
  5. What brings you here today?
  6. If you could be a fly on any Bible character's wall, who would it be?
  7. Who do other people say who Jesus is?
  8. Name a symbol in the Bible that you can relate to your life.
  9. If you could go back in time to any point in Bible history, what would it be?
  10. What is your favorite Bible verse?
  11. Is there a spiritual quote that best describes you?

Icebreaker Games for Small Groups - Christian Icebreaker Games

Games are always a fantastic means for getting people involved alongside each other, and it's never a problem to have a little healthy competition! Check out these games for your gathering:

  1. Tower of Babel: This icebreaker is sure to encourage team building! Read the "Tower of Babel" story in Genesis 11, which explains why we have so many different languages today. In this game, have everyone divide into teams. Each team must use a given number of items to build the tallest tower of Babel without talking! You can use books, bowls, bibles, tape, cardboard, and much more. The highest tower at the end of the given time limit wins! Please note, this game usually takes about 15-30 minutes.
  2. Bible Bingo: Make a 5x5 bingo card, filling the squares with characteristics of people (i.e. "favorite Bible character is Paul/Moses/Abraham/Jesus/Joseph/Mary/Sarah," "has three siblings," "favorite Bible book is Genesis/Revelation/Romans/Matthew/Esther/Psalms," "born in April"). Have each player go around the room, finding people who fit these characteristics. Those who fit the trait must sign or initial the square. The first person to get five in a row yells "Bingo!" and wins!

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  3. Two Truths and a Lie: Everyone writes down or says three things about themselves-two truths, and one lie. The rest of the group has to guess which one is the lie! Whoever guesses the most correct wins!
  4. Scavenger Hunt: The traditional hunting game, the scavenger hunt is easily adaptable for any theme and any location. This game can be played in a few different variations:

          a. Look for certain landmarks or symbols around your church, city, shopping mall, or nearby park which follow a set of cryptic clues, ultimately leading to the final destination or solution to the cryptogram. The team that reaches the final destination or solves the puzzle first wins!

          b. Hide items around a room or building. Then, make a list of all the items, and give a list to each team. The team that finds the most items within the time limit wins!

          c. You can also go on a spiritual scavenger hunt in which people search for other people who have certain spiritual or personality traits.

Icebreaker Activities for Small Groups - Christian Icebreakers activities

  1. Ten Commandments: Write the Ten Commandments on a board or read them aloud. Then, go around the room, asking each person to quote the most significant commandment to them, and why it is so important. (See Exodus 20:2-17 and Deuteronomy 5:6-21 for Bible references.)

          I. You shall have no other gods before me.

          II. You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.

          III. You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God,

          IV. Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.

          V. Honor your father and your mother

          VI. You shall not murder.

          VII. You shall not commit adultery.

          VIII. You shall not steal.

          IX. You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.

          X. You shall not covet.

  2. Proverbs 31 Women: This icebreaker is just for the ladies! Read aloud the description of a "Proverbs 31 Woman" and have each lady write down and complete the phrase, "I am a Proverbs 31 Woman because.." Each person may list as many characteristics as she'd like. This will make for some encouraging stories!

          -A diligent caregiver

          -A heart of compassion, love, and charity for those in need

          -A wise, productive woman when dealing with business matters

          -An eager, hard worker

          -Complimented on character, talents, and honor

          -Confident and trusts in God alone

          -Gains wisdom through Christ

          -Good steward over money

          -Has an awareness of her surroundings

          -Is filled with dignity and advice

          -Less concerned with physical appearance, and more concerned with integrity and inner beauty

          -Physically fit and well-maintained

          -Prays for and supports her husband

          -Respected and trusted by her family

          -Seeks ways to grow and learn

  3. I Am Blessed: This is a very simple, eye-opening game, since everyone has something to be thankful about. Have everyone share as they fill in the blank: "I am blessed because.." Try to encourage more meaningful responses!
  4. One Fact: Everyone writes down one unique fact about themselves on a card. It can be about anything from their favorite school mascot to their most convicting Commandment. Mix up all cards and have everyone guess which person the card belongs to!
  5. Six Degrees: According to the book "Six Degrees of Separation," every person is connected to another through six people. In this game, choose pairs of biblical figures or any other famous people, and have groups compete with each other to see who can produce connections the quickest!
  6. Ten Fingers: Everyone holds out ten fingers in front of them at the start of the game. One by one, each person must share something that he or she has never done. For example, "I have never skipped two Sundays of church in a row," or "I have never gotten a speeding ticket." Whoever else has done it must put one finger down. The last person to have fingers remaining wins!
  7. Toilet Paper Squares: This game is great for getting people to share about themselves. Have everyone gather around in a circle, and let each person tear off as many squares of toilet paper as they want. After each person has enough, everyone has to say one thing about themselves for each square of toilet paper they collected. (i.e. "The first time I went to church.." or "I love to ride horses in my spare time.) You may also use other items, such as candy or snacks.
  8. Would you Rather?: Give cards to your group with tough questions such as, "Would you rather eat spiders or grasshoppers?" or "Would you rather live in the New Testament or the Old Testament times?" These can be easily adjusted for any age group.
  9. You're Like Me!: In this game, people will realize how alike and different they are from each other. Each player stands against one wall, while the leader stands in the middle of the room. The leader calls out a certain characteristic (i.e. "loves soccer" or "went to church this Sunday"), and those who relate to the trait cross the room to the opposite wall. Then, the people in those groups can discuss what it's like to have that characteristic. Continue different rounds with different traits!

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