Are you ready for some football? Whether you prefer college or professional, the season is about to get rolling. And even if you’re not a big football fan yourself, chances are pretty good that a number of your group members appreciate the gridiron.
So make good use of the season’s momentum by using one of these football-themed icebreaker activities during your next group meeting.
Remember, the goal of these activities is to help group members engage one another, loosen up, and transition into a discussion experience.
Consider this a modernized version of the old “sword drills” from back in the day. Challenge your group members to think of NFL team names that are mentioned in the Bible.
There are 11 total, according to the HCSB translation:
- The Giants (1 Chronicles 20:4)
- The Ravens (Genesis 8:6-7)
- The Bears (2 Kings 2:24)
- The Lions (2 Samuel 1:23)
- The Colts (Zechariah 9:9)
- The Falcons (Job 28:7)
- The Saints (Matthew 27:52)
- The Eagles (Exodus 19:4)
- The Chiefs (Genesis 36:15)
- The Raiders (Genesis 49:19)
- The Rams (Genesis 31:38)
If you have time, you could give extra points to those who are able to find specific references to these teams in the Scripture text.
It’s an unfortunately reality that hands-on learners (also called kinesthetic learners) often get overlooked during group meetings. Hands-on learners prefer to process information by occupying their bodies—especially their hands. Working their fingers seems to open connections in their minds and mouths, which means they often get fidgety or bored during a solid hour of sitting still and talking.
So, if you have group members who appreciate physical activity, consider playing a game of catch during your group discussion. Instead of sitting around and talking, stand up and talk while tossing a football back and forth.
You may be surprised at how quickly the “quiet person” opens up and joins in the discussion if he or she is a kinesthetic learner.
Note: you’ll probably want to use a soft football if you’re inside. But there’s no reason you can’t take the discussion outside, if the light and weather make it possible.
Sam O’Neal is a Content Editor on the Adult Ministry Publishing team at LifeWay. He has a passion for seeing discipleship and full-bodied Christian education done right in the local church—especially in the context of small group communities. Sam is also the author of The Field Guide for Small Group Leaders.