Children, Teens, Adults
30-60 minutes (depending upon how challenging your course is)
This outdoor game is a combination of two popular sports with a spiritual twist. Participants will throw Frisbees (flying disks) toward nine different targets. It’s a little like playing Frisbee; it’s a little like playing golf. The flying disk represents God’s Word, and the targets represent the hearts of those who do not yet know Him. This can be a fun way to talk about evangelism and the importance of the Body of Christ working together to introduce people to God.
o Frisbees or flying disks (one per team, preferably different colors – if you can’t find a Frisbee or flying disk, you could use plastic plates – the heavier kind)
o Targets (nine per team, each set of nine in a different color. The targets should be approximately 2 ft by 2 ft or a little larger. You could use colored towels, squares of posterboard, pieces of fabric or even circles made out of rope.)
o Notecards (nine per team)
o A marker with a thick tip
o Tape (one roll)
o Prizes for the winning team (optional)
o Bibles (one per team)
o Number the notecards one to nine for each team.
o Tape the notecards to the nine targets for each team, i.e., each team should have targets numbered, one to nine.
o Set out your targets (nine per team) over a large area, preferably with some obstacles (like trees, bushes, buildings, cars, etc) in the way.
o It’s important that you don’t make it too easy for them.
o Try to make each team have about the same difficulty as the others.
o I recommend that you space your targets at least 100 ft apart so that it takes several throws to land the disk on the target.
o You can put your targets in numerical order, or you can mix them up to create more difficulty.
o You might want to put all your #9 targets in the same place so that it is easy for you to determine who the winning team is.
o Divide participants into teams.
Use the following script (or modify to suit your needs):
- “We are going to play a game of Frisbee golf.”
- “If you aren’t familiar with a ‘Frisbee,’ it’s a flying disk that you pass to each other.”
- “Many people in different parts of the world play Frisbee golf, which is like the game of golf but uses a flying disk instead of a small ball and clubs.”
- “But this game of Frisbee Golf is a little different from how others typically play it.”
- “We are playing ‘Spiritual Frisbee Golf.’”
- “The Frisbee (or flying disk) represents God’s Word, and each of the targets that you will be aiming for represent the heart of someone who doesn’t know the Lord.”
- “Your team members will take turns throwing the Frisbee (God’s Word) closer and closer to the target (the heart of a lost person).”
- “When you get the Frisbee to successfully land on top of the target (the heart of a lost person), then you can start throwing the Frisbee toward the next target.”
- “There are nine targets (nine lost people) for each team.”
- “The first team to land their Frisbee on top of all nine targets will be the winner.”
- “You can strategize as a team to decide how you will pass the Frisbee, but you have to make sure that every person on the team participates in the throwing.”
- “That means that you have to take turns so that no single individual is doing all the throwing.”
- “Billy Graham once said that it takes 20 people to lead someone to Christ. The first 19 think they had nothing to do with it, but the 20th person couldn’t have led the person to Christ without the work the others did to prepare the soil of the person’s heart for the seed of God’s Word.”
- “So you have to work together.”
- “Each team has a different color for their set of targets.”
- “You can’t see all the targets from here, so you will have to figure out where they are as you go.”
- “Just remember that there are nine.”
- “What questions do you have before we begin?” (Answer any questions. Then, give the signal to start. After all the teams have finished, award a prize to the winning team if you like, and have the teams take some time to answer the debriefing questions below.)
- o What comparisons can you make between this game and getting God’s Word into peoples’ hearts?
- o What obstacles did you have to overcome?
- o What might these obstacles represent in our efforts to win people to the Lord?
- o How did your team work together?
- o How was this like how the Body of Christ should work together to win those who are lost?
- o Read 1 Corinthians 3:4-9. How does this relate to the activity?
- o What will you take away from what you have learned?