Try this fun game at your next student event and talk about changing your mind.
Either an indoor or outdoor setting is appropriate. A maximum of 30 people should be involved.
Provide a “throwable” object. A tennis ball, bean bag, or similar object works great. The object should be heavy enough to carry well when tossed around the circle of people, but it should not be something that will hurt someone who inadvertently may be struck by it.
Toss the ball around the circle until everyone has caught it once and it is returned to the leader. You may choose to begin with the initiative “Group Juggling,” in which additional objects are introduced and the group is “juggling” several objects simultaneously. However, for Warp Speed, you need only to establish a pattern of tossing one object around the group. Once the pattern has been established, ask the group to see how quickly they can move the object through the pattern with each person touching it in the order that has been established. Time this, and give the group several opportunities to improve their time.
You may wish to challenge the group initially by giving them a goal for the time needed to complete this activity. About one second per person will be realistic, but as they think of creative ways to improve their time, this will drop dramatically.
Good results are obtained in this activity by the group members moving from their initial positions to more quickly and effectively pass the ball around the group. Changing a mind-set is a necessity for success. Jesus was One who caused many people to change their mind-sets as He talked of coming to set people free (John 8:32). In our churches, we often become bound by the past and are fearful of attempting new and creative ways of doing the work of God. Thus, we may not achieve the fullest results in changed lives and people reached for Christ. Second Corinthians 3:17 says, “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”
Joe Hicks is manager for FUGE Camps.
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