Church Based After School: An Equipping Tool For Volunteers

Volunteers come to your ministry from many different places, stages of life and life experiences. This gives each one a different perspective on what can cause irritations amongst your team. Following is a tool that makes everyone aware of this challenge.

PERSPECTIVES

SUBJECTIVE:     To allow participants to experience how we view
things differently because of where God has placed
us in life, who He has created us to be.

OBJECTIVE:  To have the participants gain an ah-ha moment of how our view of a situation depends on where we are in life.     

Directions:

    • Prior to the start of the exercise, pick a person from the staff team who will stand in the middle of a circle.
    • Don’t have him/her go into the circle until all of the participants are arranged evenly around the circle.
    • Have the circle be as large as possible to accommodate the class standing at various degrees of the circle.
    • Begin the exercise by telling the participants that they cannot talk to each other.
    • Tell them that you are going to ask each one of them a question and that they must wait their turn.
    • After everyone is in the circle and evenly spaced around the circle, have them close their eyes.
    • Place a pre-made sign, page 8, on the front of the staff member who is going to stand in the center.
    • The sign must not be seen by anyone.
    • The sign reads: “If the group finishes in 7 minutes, I will give you $10.00.  If not, I will spray you with this can of whipped cream.”
    • Have the staff member enter the circle and stand in the middle, standing stationary and frozen.
    • Have the group open their eyes.
    • Begin by asking the person directly behind the staff in the center of the circle to describe what s/he sees.
    • After s/he describes the person, ask him/her if there is anything else s/he needs to tell the group about this person.

◘    Work around the circle from the back.  Begin with the person facing the staff member’s back.
◘    Then have the person to the right of the first describer take a turn.

◘    Then the person to the left of the first describer.
◘    Go around the circle back and forth.

      • As you approach the sides the description will begin to change the more you get to the front.  The people in the front (who see the sign and what it says) should be going nuts as time is running out knowing what the other people can’t figure out the problem.  Notice how some of them will begin to band together, even though they are not supposed to talk.
      • After a front person announces that the staff in the center of the circle has a sign on him/her that says they are about to be sprayed with whipped cream, watch the reaction of the other people in the group.

DEBRIEF

1. What were the instructions?
a. This should receive agreement from all the participants.
2. What did you see?
a. Go around to each person.
3. Was anyone mistaken in what they saw?
4. Did what the people in the back see have any value to the people in the front?
5. What did you want to do but felt unable to do?
6. Did you understand what other people said they saw?
7. Was anyone confused regarding someone else’s reaction?
a. Did their behavior seem strange?
8. Did anyone grow impatient?
9. What did you do about your impatience?
10. Would you react similarly in a real emergency situation?
11. What did we learn from such an exercise that can be applied as we work together as team?

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