Team communication is vital for your ministry team, including providing feedback to one another. Use this game to help volunteers understand how valuable feedback is.
Quick and Easy Ministry Team Game: Volunteer Feedback
Show your team an imaginary line. Then give the simple instruction that people must quickly line up in proper order according to the day and month of their birthday—without speaking. Don’t give any further instruction.
Those with January and December birthdays usually go to ends of the line. Others become frustrated. After a few minutes, let people talk so they find their place.
- Did you feel challenged by trying to figure out where you needed to stand without talking? Why or why not?
- What was it like after you were allowed to talk about where to stand?
Say: Without feedback, you didn’t know where to stand. The same is true in ministry. We all need feedback to be effective and to be better at what we do.
Note: the larger your team, the more frustrating this game can become, which can be true of volunteer feedback, too! If you have a very small team, it might be helpful to combine more ministry areas to increase the challenge.
Adapted from The New Breed by Jonathan McKee and Thomas McKee (Group).
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