Preparation: You will need to set up two circles of chairs before you play.
If you’re looking for a fun and fast-paced way for your students to get to know one another, this mixer is for you. This is a spin-off of speed dating. First create a list of 15 to 20 questions that are open ended questions, like, “Tell me about your relationship with your parents,” or, “Tell me how you came to know Christ,” etc. Then set up the room with chairs facing each other about 2 feet apart. Put the questions on ONLY one row of the chairs and then have the students sit down across from one another.
Have the person with the list begin with question one and both people take turns answering the question. Then move on to question number 2 and so on for 2 minutes until the leader says switch. Then the person without the questions list moves down one seat and they continue on with the next question. If you are worried about students getting too far ahead, have your MC keep the questions to themselves. Then they can gauge how the conversations are going then call for the group to rotate.
This is a great way to get teens talking to one another.
Idea by Tom Maxwell
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