Icebreaker or Opening Question?

October 9, 2003

[icebreakers gum]At our previous previous church in Illinois, we learned about “icebreakers.” They’re important if you have a mix of people, some of whom talk a lot and some not very much; the question essentially gives the floor to each person, including the quiet ones. They’re especially important whenever you have a new person to help bring them into the flow of the group. The icebreakers were generally of a light variety, such as “If you were on a desert island…”

So we when we moved to California, we were surprised (at our previous church) to find that home group meetings started with an “opening question” which was not at all like a light icebreaker. The question was reworded in various ways, but inevitably boiled down to this:

How have you seen the glory of God in the last week or two?

It is an excellent question, and Mike posed it to our group last night. I have seen entire meetings comprised of nothing but that question, especially as the answers lead to further questions and discussion, to opening the Scriptures, and to praying for each other. It’s a great way to find out what God is doing.

Jon Reid

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As an American missionary kid who grew up in Japan, I'm a child of two cultures, while not fully belonging to either. This gives me a sightly different view of the world.

2 responses to Icebreaker or Opening Question?

  1. Great question!! I love the idea of a single question taking over a whole meeting!! That’s the Holy Spirit alright!

  2. Much better than, “what did you have for dinner?”
    Sometimes just the simple, “how was your week?” rips into huge discussions. It’s amazing what pours through the doors that God opens.