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Christian Youth Games: The Lifeboat Game

The Lifeboat Game. A list of ten people is displayed. The list includes individuals such as: a pregnant woman, the president, a minister, a person about to find a cure for cancer, a ten-year-old child, a comedian, a fisherman, a sailor, and a reformed criminal who speaks to youth about the dangers of crime and the like. Youth are advised that these ten people are in a lifeboat and the lifeboat is sinking. It has been determined that only five can remain for the lifeboat to float. Youth are asked to write down which five they think should remain. One of the ten people on the lifeboat is identified as “yourself.”

The votes of five are totaled up and the choice of the group is revealed. The matter is then opened up for discussion. Did the group, as a whole, make the correct choice? Why were the choices made?

We did this event on January 27, 2008 with not only twenty six young people participating but fifteen adults. We did not include the president in our list and added a missionary doctor. Why don't you try this with your youth group. Here are the results we got from the event...

The top six choices of the adults, then of the youth are as follows. All votes are for which five of the ten individuals should stay on the boat…

15 adults voted as follows:

10 Year Old - 13 votes... 87%

Scientist about to find cancer cure - 13 votes... 87%

Pregnant woman - 12 votes... 80%

Missionary Doctor - 11 votes... 73%

Fisherman - 9 votes... 60%

Myself - 6 votes... 40%

26 youth members voted as follows:

Myself - 21 votes... 81%

Missionary Doctor - 18 votes... 69%

Pregnant woman - 17 votes... 65%

Sailor - 15 votes... 58%

Ten Year Old and Scientist (tie) – 14 votes … 54%

One quick observation - the closest result is for the missionary doctor to remain. 69 per cent of the youth said yes and 73 per cent of the adults also felt he should remain.

The minister – he got one vote (thanks to Danny Ermert) but Pastor John stated that he had filled out his list with himself off the boat.


More Lifeboat Results - this time from a group of young Christian leaders at a Youth Workers Conference (October 2008)

The choices included with number of votes received in parentheses: Pregnant woman (18), Ten Year Old Child (19), sailor (10), scientist to find cancer cure (17), fisherman (9), President of U.S. (4), reformed gang leader (7), minister (8), a television news reporter: mwho could tell the story (1), yourself (6).

If anyone uses this, let me know how it went. It would be interesting to see how your group voted. Please write to: TimFerguson@christianyouthgroup.org. I would really like to hear your results and your thoughts about what choices your young people made.

God bless you in all your youth activities.


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Not the Same Old, Done-it-before Youth Meeting (the book)


We would love to hear if this activity was useful to your group. Please share your experience by writing to: TimFerguson@christianyouthgroup.org.

Ideas for youth to continue to learn Biblical truths... click: From the Mountaintop


An Icebreaker: Ha Ha

"Ha ha" game. Youth stand in a circle. One youth is designated to begin. He or she turns to the next youth and states "ha" while staring into their eyes. There are no restrictions as to how to say "ha". It can be stated loudly, softly, drawn out, sung, anyway the speaker feels he can induce laughter in the listener. If the speaker or the listener laughs (even a little giggle), he or she is out. The recipient then turns to the next youth and states/sings "ha ha". The game continues to "ha ha ha", "ha ha ha ha" and finally "ha ha ha ha ha", before going backwards - four "ha's" - three "ha's" and the like.

Continue around the circle until all but one person is left who, then, can be crowned "stone faced champion". The game is equally fun for those who have gone out as they watch their friends try to induce laughter in others. "Ha ha" is a good game to get everyone engaged and often can set the tone for active discussion afterwards.

We would love to hear if this activity was useful to your group. Please share your experience by writing to: Tim Ferguson @ mountgote@aol.com.

" The ideas here work. I know that because I've seen them work. Every one has been teen-tested."...Frank Tangredi, youth leader, New York


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We also share Trust and Prayer as it is an activity that is useful every month of the year.

Christian Youth Group Activities: Trust and Prayer

Begin by presenting the following scenario. You have come to youth group and are facing a difficult situation and need someone to talk to whom you can trust. Ask youth to raise their hand if there is one person in youth group (not counting adults) whom you feel comfortable talking to. Then ask how many have two, three or four people they can so trust. Take time to discuss what makes people trustworthy. In our group the following were the most common characteristics mentioned: being a good listener, not being judgmental and having had a positive trusting experience in the past. Faith: Christian teen advice

Read Proverbs 3:5. Discuss how difficult it is to trust in the Lord with all your heart and not to depend on your own understanding of things.

Now take time to ask youth to share one thing that they would like to see changed. The change reported could be about themselves, the youth group, their families, their school or the world. Point out that sharing such important things requires a trust in each other. As youth share their thoughts, take time to briefly discuss the requests made then record them.

Ask youth to sit "Indian style" in a circle. Have some small candles available that can be held, one for each youth. Read the requests for change that have been recorded. Now advise youth that we will pray for these as follows. A youth leader will light a candle and pray referencing at least several of the recorded requests for change. Once the leader has completed his or her prayer, youth are invited to light a candle of their own and pray. The list of things to be changed is made available for those who need it. After a couple of candles have been lit extinguish the lights in the room.

When we did this one of our youth asked, "Do you mean pray out loud?" and I replied "Yes, that is what trust is all about". Though only an eighth grader, he was willing to participate. When all youth, who wish to participate, have prayed, the youth leader should say a concluding prayer and then ask youth to see how their candles have brightened the room. Advise that our prayers bring light and hope to people. Extinguish the candles one by one noting the contribution each youth's candle made to overcoming the darkness of the room.


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