Secrets to Great Icebreaker Games

CTA Presents: Focus on Leadership

Secrets to Great Icebreaker Games

Guest: Cyndee Ownbey, author of Rethinking Women’s Ministry: Biblical, Practical Tools for Cultivating a Flourishing Community. Cyndee serves as a mentor to thousands of women’s ministry leaders through her website and Facebook community, Women’s Ministry Toolbox.

Introduction: Icebreakers set the tone for your event. Use this sound advice when choosing icebreaker games for your women’s ministry events.


Why use icebreakers?

  • Encourage connections and bonding
  • Allow relationships to grow and deepen
  • Put the focus on others and not on women’s own insecurities

Tips as you use icebreakers

  • Delivery matters—have fun!
    • Be enthusiastic
    • Give clear instructions
    • Encourage participants
    • Wrap up
  • Choose icebreakers with group size in mind
  • Be prepared with materials: do you have necessary pens? worksheets? microphone? prizes? signs?
  • Include everyone and avoid embarrassing anyone
    • Screen questions ahead of time
    • Don’t ask for secrets
    • Avoid divisive topics
    • Pre-recruit participants, if needed
    • Avoid Bible-knowledge games, unless the material has been recently taught
    • Consider working in teams