This game helps participants to recognize the need for effective collaboration/teamwork when working to build up or serve the Church. It is a “Gotcha” type of activity that sets up the participants to fail in order to make the point about teamwork. By the end of the game, though, everyone wins!
o Copies of the file “Building the Church – Pattern.ppt” (can be found at www.teachingthem.com on the Lesson and Material Downloads page – There are 2 pages. You will need one copy of both pages for every two groups. It will be necessary to divide the participants into an even number of groups for this exercise. It’s best if these are in color.)
- Copy (or copies) of the file “Building the Church – Vision.ppt” (can be found at www.teachingthem.com on the Lesson and Material Downloads page – You will need at least one copy for every two groups unless you project the image with an LCD projector. If you print it, it’s best that it’s in color.)
o Scissors or cutting tool (one or more per group)
o Print out the “Building the Church – Pattern” file. (2 pages – 1 set for every two groups)
o Decide how you will divide the participants into an even number of groups.
o Decide which groups you will secretly pair together for the activity. One group in the pair of groups will get one of the pages from the “Building the Church – Pattern” file, and the other group will get the other page.
o Set out scissors or another cutting tool on each table. (To make the activity go faster, I recommend giving each table several pairs of scissors.)
Use the following script (or modify to suit your needs):
- “We’re going to do a game called, ‘Building the Church.’”
- “I’m passing out a puzzle pattern to each group, and I would like you to cut out the pieces using the scissors on your table.”
- “Do a good job cutting them out, because you will then piece them together like a puzzle to make a church building.”
- “The first group to correctly ‘build’ their church will win!”
- “Any questions?” (Answer any questions. Then, tell them to start. Walk around the room as they are “building the church” so that you can see their progress. If they are able to make a building that looks like a church from the pieces in their pattern, let them know that it is a nice effort but not what you are expecting. Tell them that you think the church can be improved, and let them have more time to work on it. After most groups have had a chance to create some time of building with the pattern, interrupt with the following information.)
- “You’re doing a good job building your churches, but I think they can be much better.”
- “I think I need to share with you what my vision for the church is.” (At this point, either project the image of the church from the “Building the Church – Vision” file or hand out copies of the file to each table group.)
- “This is more along the lines of what I had in mind. Build THIS church!” (Allow more time for them to work to build this church. Before too long, they should realize that they don’t have enough pieces to complete the pattern. The only way for them to complete the church is for them to collaborate with another group to share pieces. Not all patterns were the same, however, so they must partner with the “right” group if they want to complete their church. If they are struggling to discover this, you can drop hints until they understand. Then, allow them to finish building their churches. When they are done, have them go back to their original groups and discuss the following debrief questions.)
- When did you realize that you didn’t have enough pieces in the pattern to build your church?
- What did you have to do to finish building your church?
- What impact did seeing the Vision for the church have on your efforts?
- How important is it to have a common vision in our organization for building up the Church?
- Read Ephesians 4:11-13. What does it say about the different roles in the Body of Christ and why/how they should work together?
- How do you think this applies to us in this organization and our work with the Church?
- What should we do differently to help us build up the Church more effectively?