Geometry Drill

3.5 stars

This icebreaker will help group members understand what it takes to lead a group.  It will also give kids a chance to get to know each other better by seeing how each person takes charge.  Everyone in the group takes a turn leading the group through, and participating in, a simple drill step.  Instruct each person about what their leadership task is and determine when their task has been accomplished so you can move to the next person in the circle.  Read one of the following instructions to the first leader.  Repeat the process for each leader. 

  1. Lead everyone in standing in a perfect circle. 
  2. Lead everyone in standing in a single, perfectly straight line. 
  3. Lead everyone in standing in an equilateral triangle. 
  4. Lead everyone in standing in a square. 
  5. Lead everyone in standing in a pentagon. 
  6. Lead everyone in standing in a five-pointed star. 
  7. Lead everyone in clapping once, thein in the formation of a single straight line.  etc. 

After the game is complete, use the following questions to help kids explore the nature of leadership.  Ask: What was frustrating about this activity.  How easy is it to lead others?  Read 1 Corinthians 9:19-23.  How important is it for a leader to adapt to the needs of the group?

  • Free / Low Cost
  • No equipment needed
  • Sharing, Get to know you
  • Night
  • Ice breaker
  • Discipleship / Bible
  • Indoor
  • Large area
  • Outdoor
  • Small area
  • Teens (Age 12-15)
  • Teens (Age 16-18)

Group Size
  • Small Groups (1-9 people)
  • Medium (10-29 people)
  • Large groups (30+)

  • Longer (30-60 mins)
  • Medium (11-29 mins)
  • Short (1-10 minutes)
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i like this drill, but i really think this could be more used to teach kids and young people how to respect there pastor for his leadership of the church. this what i will be using this for. I really think in todays time kids dont really see the importants to respect the pastors leadership and we forget to tell them .thank you
- stacey (12 Sep 2008)

Thanks, Stacey, for the good reminder of the importance of our pastors. This works well to build respect for leaders of any kind including those among the kids and their peers.
- Byron (14 Sep 2008)

This is a great way to call out the leader in each of the youth. We are all leaders in Chirst, some just don't realize it. We have a calling to lead others toward a deeper connection and relationship with God!
- Tatyana (8 Jul 2009)

This ice breaker woz amazing i dint think it would work but turned out perfectly :) x
- Kirsti-Faith (9 Oct 2009)

I like this drill, but I really think this could be more adequately used to teach youth how to respect their pastor for his leadership of the church. This is the objective I will be reaching for. I think that kids today don't really see the importance of respecting their pastor's leadership, and we forget to illuminate this aspect.
Thank you.

- Mike (14 Jan 2010)

I also think it's important to teach teens how to positively lead their peers and mentor younger children. They're the future church and they need to be taught how to influence others for Christ instead of being mere followers of pop culture. This is a good lesson to teach effective leadership skills.
- billy (23 Jun 2010)

I agree with what you are saying, but I myself am a youth and am responsible in leading my schools bible club. I agree that getting responsibility makes it much easier to understand the strain of leading an entire church. I have a group of four on a good day and it is hard, my youth group has over thirty people. I can't even imagin how difficult that is. If any leader reads this kknow that I appreciate what you do for us! :-)
- Meg (26 Jan 2011)

I think it also might be used to tie into a message on respecting your parents because its easy to forget how difficult it is to make right decisions even when you know your kids will be upset with you.
- Gibralter Higgins (23 Feb 2011)

Do we not all deserve respect. Why does the pastor deserve special respect? Does God really want a society where just because you have a title you automatically deserve more respect
- Russell (4 Mar 2011)

1 Thessalonians 5:12 Now we ask you, brothers, to respect those who work hard among you, who are over you in the Lord and who admonish you.
- Brandon (30 Mar 2011)

He does not just have a title. He has been called by God to do what he does.
- Brandon (30 Mar 2011)

Respect ought to be conveyed in a manner that "everyone" (even onself) deserves respect. In turn, the youth will without a doubt respect their authority.
- Florence (3 Jun 2011)

I think this would be great for the kids in our church. I am actually going to be doing this tomorrow with them. Last week I was a helper in kids church and one of the young boys was saying how he was bored and wished that a couple of the other childrens church leaders would lead instead. I don't know how the leader felt about that but I thought it was quite disrespectful and I figured this would show him and the other children about how hard it can be to be a leader.
- Amanda (29 Jan 2012)

no one liked this game. I did but no one else did P.S it was 12-16 year old playing
- Morganne (28 Dec 2012)

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