Posts Tagged ‘discussion starter’

Recommended Resources: Faith Talk Triggers

Contributed by: Anglican Youth Ministries, Diocese of Auckland

Faith Talk Triggers are a great way to start God-centred conversations with intermediates and teenagers.


The cards have fun 'would you rather' openers, and cover 40 different topics including reputation, peer pressure, forgiveness and many... See more

Community Builders: Fruitful Conversations

Contributed by: Emily Paterson, Diocese of Auckland

In small groups, young people share about their experiences with the Fruit of the Spirit and/or Kingdom character traits. Use the green Fruit of the Spirit cards and/or the blue Kingdom Traits cards (gifted to participants at The Abbey 2018). Alternatively, you can print your own sets of cards... See more

Community Builders: The Spirit in Me

Contributed by: Emily Paterson, Diocese of Auckland

Young people share openly about character formation and pray together in a supportive small group. Use the green Fruit of the Spirit cards and/or the blue Kingdom Traits cards (gifted to participants at The Abbey 2018). Alternatively, you can print your own sets of cards using our printable... See more

Community Builders: Jesus Connections

Contributed by: Phil Trotter, Diocese of Christchurch

Young people get a chance to think about Jesus, and practice talking about Jesus, by selecting two Jesus cards and describing the connection they see between the two. Use both the red and purple sets of Jesus cards (gifted to participants at The Abbey 2017) or print your own sets (Red Set / Purple... See more

Community Builders: Jesus Questions

Contributed by: Phil Trotter, Diocese of Christchurch

Young people share openly and honestly their questions about Jesus in a supportive small group. Use both the red and purple sets of Jesus cards (gifted to participants at The Abbey 2017) or print your own sets (Red Set / Purple Set).
Spread the cards face up on the floor or on a table that... See more

Community Builders: Jesus and Me

Contributed by: Phil Trotter, Diocese of Christchurch

A discussion starter for small groups, helping young people share what Jesus means to them. Use the purple set of Jesus cards (gifted to everyone at The Abbey 2017) or make your own set with our free Jesus card printable.
Spread the cards face up on the floor or on a table that the group are... See more

Talks: Creation Calls

Contributed by: Phil Trotter, Diocese of Christchurch

This talk uses Creation Calls, a 6-minute-long clip of the wonders of God’s creation as filmed by the BBC and punctuated with a beautiful song by Brian Doerksen. The images show the beauty of God’s creation on every continent.  In the background, worship leader Doerksen asks, “How could I... See more

Community Builders: Icebreaker Questions

Contributed by: Phil Trotter, National Youth Advisor

These 20 questions are a great way to break the ice and get young people talking to each other.
Simply pick one or two of these questions and give everyone a turn to share, or write out a bunch of questions onto strips of paper, shuffle them and have everyone take turns picking one out at... See more

Community Builders: Camp Debrief

Contributed by: Phil Trotter

After your latest camp, get the feedback rolling from your youth group with one throw of a dice!
Sit in a circle in groups of 4-10 with a leader. Take turns rolling a dice. Answer the question attached to the number rolled.
What was your favourite...?


  1. Worship experience or... See more

Outreach: Is NZ fair? How wealth is shared

Contributed by: Kate Day, Diocese of Christchurch

Use this exercise to demonstrate how wealth is shared in New Zealand


  • The richest 10 percent own over half the country’s total wealth.

  • The richest 1 percent own 16 percent of total wealth.

  • The poorest 50 percent own just 5 percent of all... See more

Hooks: Famous Failures

Contributed by: Phil Trotter

Just because you have failed at something, doesn't mean you are a failure. Here are some famous people who have suffered rejection and failure. You can use their stories to spark discussion about topics such as self-esteem and depression.
Michael Jordan
After being cut from his high school... See more

Hooks: Prof Ann Eyeland

Contributed by: Phil Trotter

These are fun activities that help young people explore topics around loneliness and our need for relationships.  The name 'Ann Eyeland' plays on and discredits the idea "I am an island"
Meet Professor Ann Eyeland
'The word is out. Professor Ann Eyeland, the recluse from the South Pole... See more

Hooks: If Jesus were a teenager today…

Contributed by: Phil Trotter


Discussion Questions
If you had a chance to meet Jesus in person, how would that feel?
What questions would you want to ask him?
If your history teacher at school asked you, "Who was Jesus?", what would you reply? How would most of your friends answer?
Who did Jesus say he is?... See more

Talks: The Parable of the Good Roller Blader

Contributed by: Phil Trotter

At social events we can point to God in a low key way. Here’s an example of taking a parable of Jesus and resetting it in your social event, in this case - roller blading.
A popular man came up to Jesus and asked, “What must I do to have eternal life?”
Jesus answered, “What does... See more

Senior Youth: Relationships and Sex in the Bible

Contributed by: Phil Trotter

God’s Word has a lot to say about sex and relationships. Use the verses below to help discussion on the questions attached to each heading.
No Shame
Genesis 2:18-2
Who created sexuality?
The Big Picture
Matthew 19:4-6
What are the two other important ingredients to... See more

Community Builders: R.E.L.A.T.I.O.N.S.H.I.P.S.

Contributed by: Phil Trotter

Find words that start with each of the letters in the word "Relationships" to describe the qualities of a good friendship. See more

Community Builders: Guys vs. Girls on Relationships

Contributed by: Phil Trotter

Make two sets of cards with the following words. Give one to a group of girls, the other to a group of guys. Ask each to pick the three words that are most important to them in relationships. Then have each group explain their selections to the other... See more

Community Builders: Guys & Girls

Contributed by: Phil Trotter

Split the group into guys and girls – give the girls a copy of the “Girls Only” questions; give the boys the "Guys Only" ones. Each group spends 20-30 minutes on their own, then they share their answers with each other.
Girls Only
Guys:
Think about the guys in your life: What are... See more

Community Builders: Roll the Dice

Contributed by: Phil Trotter

All you need for this activity are two dice. Sit in a circle and take turns rolling the dice. Answer the question that matches the number rolled.
2) Which of your parents’ rules do/did you appreciate the most? Why?
3) Where do you want to be 5 years from now? (If that’s hard to answer:... See more

Community Builders: Talk Sparkers just for fun

Contributed by: Phil Trotter

Choose from these questions and sentence completions to get young people talking with each other.


  • What three things would you put in a time capsule that your descendants would dig up in 100 years?

  • Which one of Superman's powers would you choose for yourself?... See more

Community Builders: Talk Sparkers about Social Justice

Contributed by: Phil Trotter

Choose from these questions and sentence completions to get young people talking about social issues


  • Describe a time when you felt like a victim of racial, social, or religious prejudice. What's a Christian's responsibility in these situations?

  • Agree or disagree:... See more

Community Builders: Talk Sparkers about Family

Contributed by: Phil Trotter

Choose from these questions and sentence completions to get young people talking about their family.


  • What do you like best about your family?

  • Finish this sentence: "One thing I wish my parents knew (or understood) about me is..." How can you help your parents... See more

Community Builders: Talk Sparkers about Faith

Contributed by: Phil Trotter

Choose from these questions and sentence completions to get young people talking about their faith.


  • How would you describe Jesus to a person who's never heard of him?

  • C.S. Lewis once said that Jesus was either God, a liar, or a lunatic. Are these the only ways to... See more

Hooks: Jesus Images in the Fellowship of the Ring

Contributed by: Phil Trotter

Organise a screening of the clip of Arwen’s Flight to the Ford in The Fellowship of the Ring (DVD Chapter 17 ) or from YouTube: Flight to the Ford and Give up the Halfling, She-Elf! (this 2nd clip gives you Arwen’s prayer for Frodo).
Invite the young people to watch the clip and note ways... See more