THE GROUND RULES…
1. Pair up with someone you know LEAST well in the room.
2. For ten minutes, talk to this person about your faith and your church.
3. The listener does nothing but listen. (This is not a conversation!)
4. At the leader’s signal, switch roles for another ten minutes. Some topics to get you started (pick and choose, as needed, but talk about whatever you want---there is no protocol here!):
1. What is your basic life story when it comes to your faith?
2. Why do you believe you ultimately ended up in the Episcopal Church?
3. What is your own parish like? What are the three things you like best about it?
4. What things do you know for sure about your faith? What are you still struggling with?
5. What is your prayer life like right now?
6. How do you prepare yourself for the Holy Eucharist?
7. Are you engaging in a Lenten discipline? If so, what?
8. Who has most influenced your faith journey?
9. What piece of scripture do you often turn to when you are going through a difficult time?
10. What book, other than the Bible and Book of Common Prayer, has most influenced you spiritually?
11. Name a time when you felt closest to God and a time when you felt most distant.
12. How are you, personally, living out the Great Commission as part of your walk in faith?
IDEA: You can switch off more than once with storytelling partners, allowing people to get to know even more of their fellow parishioners in-depth. And, you can extend the time to as much as 20 or 30 minutes a person.
TALKING ABOUT YOUR FAITH---A GAME
These exercises are great for adult church school time or a mid-week gathering. Copy and cut these scenarios apart and place them in a basket. Invite two volunteers to come forward, pull out a piece of paper, and role play the scenario. After the role play on each situation, invite the group to suggest other approaches and talk about what was especially helpful.
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