Looking for women’s ministry icebreakers?
Ready to engage women at your next Christian women’s “get together”, hang out, or women’s group? You need an icebreaker!!! Simple icebreakers are great for women’s prayer breakfasts or any event where women gather.
Why I like Christian icebreakers…
Icebreakers do more than simply get a group giggling.
They connect people on a human level. A common misnomer is icebreakers only work for strangers. No, you can use icebreakers in a variety of contexts! Not only will they introduce strangers to one another, but, they also provide a moment of “connection” for just about any group of folks.
For example, you can use icebreakers with your kids, your husband on a date night, boyfriend (if you’re single – you don’t need one if you’re married!:), and even your family at a family gathering.
Sure, you can use icebreakers with family and girlfriend events!
I have a practical example how icebreakers were useful in my personal life.
Not long ago, several of my cousins had a “cousin brunch”. It was special because so many of us had lost touch with one another over the years.
Before I pretend our family brunch was all “rainbows” and “sunshine”, let me tell you the real deal.
The brunch happened because my son got married and several family members did not receive a formal invitation. There was no ill will on my son’s part. It was just because he didn’t really know them in an intimate way.
He was familiar with them, but they were not part of much of his life, so he didn’t really think about sending them invitations.
Truthfully, I wasn’t in close contact with any of these cousins either – aside from social media and Facebook. Hence, my kids don’t know them. It’s so sad we let this happen, but it was the reality in which we lived. Are you beginning to see why an icebreaker was a good idea?
In an effort to “reconnect”, I texted one of the cousins and suggested a “cousin breakfast” (which turned into a cousin brunch).
It was wonderful! But, still, we didn’t know much about one another’s lives. So, what did we do?
We did an icebreaker! Right there in the restaurant, we got to know one another all over again.
No, we didn’t do the human knot or anything elaborate. LOL
We just asked and answered a few questions. It was super cool and super fun! One of the things I liked most about the process was that it was quick and non-threatening (emotionally).
Simple icebreakers are best for public Christian women events.
Icebreakers need not be complicated activities. No way!
They can be as simple as providing some fun questions like the ones at my cousin brunch to finding out where someone is spiritually.
Icebreakers, especially those in women’s ministry, gives a person permission to share a bit of herself in a safe, personal way.
During an icebreaker, it feels OK to open one’s heart and provide a window into one’s life a bit. The best part is everyone else is opening their lives too!
Here are a few great women’s ministry icebreakers in the form of questions.
At the end, I’ll share some ideas for constructing these questions into actual activities. However, I like just having the women sit in a circle and take turns answering the questions. A circle formation is warmer and more open than folks looking at the backs of heads.
Now, if you have a big group, break them into smaller groups and have them share. After they share in their small groups, you can ask each group for a volunteer (one or two) to share what they learned about someone else.
Terrific Icebreaker Questions for Women’s Groups:
If you could choose your age for the rest of your life, what age would you choose and why?
Pick something from your pocket or handbag to share with the group. How does it relate to your life right now? For example, if it is a tissue, do you feel you’re wiping messes in your life?
Who do you think is a great example of a successful person? Why?
Which Bible character reminds you most of your self in this season of life? Why?
What item of clothing is missing from your wardrobe?
What do you most appreciate about living in this era?
What is your most favorite board game?
What’s your favorite color? Why? How does it make you feel?
There has been a scientific breakthrough eliminating the need to sleep. What FUN THING would you do with all the extra time?
Suppose, you can take a pill and learn a skill instantly; what skill would you choose?
Aside from Jesus, who is your most favorite person in history?
What would you like to be known for (what do you want to be your legacy)?
What do people never ask you that you wish they did?
Have you ever met anyone famous?
Who had the most influence on you growing up?
Describe your past week in weather terms. (Was it stormy, cloudy, foggy, mostly sunny or what?)
What is one thing you are really good at?
Answer this: One fact about me that might surprise you is…
If you were to describe yourself as a flavor, what would your flavor be?
What was the best gift you ever received as a child?
If you could raise one person from the dead, who would you raise and why?
Who was one of the most interesting persons you or your family ever entertained?
What is the nicest thing anybody ever said about you?
What one thing would you like your obituary to say about you?
What was your best friend’s name in elementary school?
Finish this sentence: One of my biggest pet peeves is _________.
You have three wishes. What would you wish for?
If you suddenly lost your eyesight, what would be the thing you missed seeing the most?
What is the most daring thing you have ever done? What made it so daring?
My favorite way to waste time is ___________.
You have one minute to speak to the entire nation on national television. What one or two key things would you like to tell them?
What’s the story behind the longest time you’ve gone without sleep?
Who is the most famous person you’ve known or met? How did it happen?
When I dated, I was considered __________ because _____________.
If you could do one miracle (other than make the whole world Christian), what would you do? Why?
What do you miss most about childhood?
Are you a Target person or a Walmart person?
Are you a coffee person or a tea person?
Just for the fun/thrill of it, before I die I’d like to ____________.
I wish before I got married someone had told me ____________.
What is one of the most memorable dreams you have ever had?
What impacts your mood most?
Who was the best boss you ever had? What made him or her so good?
When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? What did your parents want you to be?
How do you like to celebrate victories in your life?
Who was your hero when you were growing up? How did you try to imitate him or her?
If you could speak to the world, what would you say the top three world problems are?
What was your worst boss like?
Who was your favorite Sunday School Teacher? If not applicable, who is your favorite Bible teacher now?
Cool whip or fresh whipped cream?
Which is better? A quiet evening alone or a room full of folks?
What is your favorite quality in others?
What candy makes you smile?
What’s your favorite cereal?
If you had to choose a song to be the soundtrack of your life, what would the song be?
In what area of your life do you wish people took you more seriously? (Or “I want to be taken more seriously in the following area: ___________.”)
Are you a hugger or non-hugger?
Are you more of a rule breaker or a rule keeper? Why?
Would you describe yourself as an extrovert or an introvert? Give an example.
What’s one of your hobbies? Why does that interest you?
How do you typically react in a sudden, extreme, pressure-filled crisis?
Are you a person of many friends, or just a few close ones?
Where’s your perfect dream vacation spot?
What’s one thing you would rather pay someone to do than do yourself?
What’s your preferred way to meet new people?
What’s your favorite season of the year?
On average, are you a pressure cooker or a slow cooker (fast mover vs slow mover)?
Make these questions an activity.
Check out these ideas to spice up your icebreaker questions.
1. Print and Pass. Print the icebreakers on small sheets of paper. Actually, I’ll print them on a normal 8.5 x 11 sheet and use my paper cutter to cut small sheets..each one featuring an ice breaker.
Then, I fold them in half put them in a bowl or basket.
Next, I invite everyone to draw an icebreaker.
Once they draw one, let them read it. Then, tell them they can “pass” the question to the person of their choice.
2. Secret Question, Sister Share. Type and print the questions on 8 x 11 sheets of paper.
Fold and tape on the backs of the women.
As the women roam around, they answer the questions on one another’s backs. So funny! Be sure to include some fun, upbeat music as the women are “roaming.” Don’t forget to take pictures!
3. HashTag Answers. If you have a group on social media, you can read questions. The women then respond with a special hashtag.
In pairs or small groups, have them go through the hashtag stream and report out their most favorite.
Note: I like to do a poll to see how many are on Instagram or Twitter. This does not work with Facebook unless your women’s ministry has a Facebook page (not profile), but a page.
Here’s more on how you could possibly set this one up:
Step 1: Prior to meeting/event, ensure the participants have a social media account (i.e. Twitter, Instagram, etc). They need to all have an account on the same platform for this to work.
I like to use Instagram myself. Women can post a pic of something or someone in the moment – capturing the fun of the event!
Another benefit of doing this prior to the women’s ministry event is it ensures everyone has access to their account. Girl, you don’t have time to wait for people to recover their accounts. LOL
Step 3: Think of a hashtag for your time together.
It could be the name of your event or something cute like #FirstBaptistGirlTime.
The key is to create a hashtag not used by anyone else.
Step 4: During the meeting, ask the questions then tell the ladies to respond to the social media platform using the hashtag you chose.
As I mentioned, they can work in pairs or small groups to “scavenger” for responses. After a few chuckles, they can share their favorites!
Note: This women’s ministry icebreaker takes a bit of time, but is fun for those who are even slightly social media savvy.
It’s a good idea to limit the questions to no more than 3 as this women’s ministry activity can take a while.
Do you want another women’s ministry icebreaker?
“My Life Story” Women’s Icebreaker Activity
Say: “you have just been given a contract to write your autobiography.”
Here is what you tell them to do:
1. First, take a piece of flipchart paper (or regular 8.5 x 11) and fold it in half and then in half again to form a book.
2. Secondly, choose a popular song for your book title. It could be a song from your youth or a song you just like. It doesn’t have to be a hymn! Write it on your book “cover”
3. Now, create a quickie table of contents. It can feature key moments in your life, your first job, your hobbies, etc.
4. Next, illustrate your book cover! Draw a picture of something that brings you joy and really captures who you are at your core.
5. You’re not done! On the back cover of your book, illustrate or write out what you would like to do when you retire.
What will you see? How will you spend your time? If you ARE retired, write what you hope to see, do, and experience in the years to come.
That’s it! Feel free to ask me any questions in the comments. OR, tell me if this was useful to you.
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I’ve found another great resource for an icebreaker. I hope they keep it up for a while. It’s on a blog from Seton Hall University. The link is here: http://blogs.shu.edu/greeklife/wp-content/blogs.dir/367/files/2013/08/Ice-Breaker-Ideas-for-Leaders.pdf