Rock Paper Scissors Conga

This large group Rock-Paper-Scissors battle is a fun (and slightly chaotic) Christian icebreaker game for church that can also be used to teach unity and servant leadership.  

Bible:  1 Corinthians 12:12-14,27; Colossians 1:18; 1 Corinthians 1:10; Colossians 3:12-14; Galatians 5:16,22-23; Luke 22:25-26; John 13:3-5; Mark 9:35; Romans 12:18; Hebrews 12:14

Ages: 6 and above

Group Size: 20 or more (the bigger the group, the better)

Supplies: A prize for the winner

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Christian Icebreaker Game for Church - Rock Paper Scissors Conga

How to Play

This game is best played in a room which allows people to move around freely.

Have everyone find an opponent. It doesn’t matter if there is an odd number of players and one person doesn’t have an opponent in the first round.

At “go”, everyone plays Rock–Paper–Scissors with their respective opponents at the same time.

The winners of this round become “Conga Chiefs”, with the defeated opponents forming conga lines behind each Chief.

The Conga Chiefs go around the room looking for other Conga Chiefs to play Rock-Paper-Scissors with.

The winning Conga Chief captures the entire losing conga line, which must now join behind the winning conga line.

Play is repeated until there is only one conga line in the room.

Bible Lesson – Unity

Discuss
1. Did you enjoy this game? Why or why not?
2. How did you feel being the ultimate champion, heading the conga line?
3. At the beginning of the game, all of us were individuals without any teammates. But at the end of the game, we were all part of one long line. Does this remind you of anything that you have read in the Bible?

Read
1 Corinthians 12:12-14,27; Colossians 1:18

Discuss
4. What analogy did apostle Paul use to describe the followers of Jesus?
5. In our game today, we all formed one line with one ultimate leader who headed the line.
How is this similar to the Bible passage that we just read?
How many bodies are there?
Who makes up the one body?
Who is the head of this body?

Say
The Bible teaches us that, in the same way that we all formed one single conga line with one ultimate leader, all who believe in Jesus form one body of Christ with Christ as the head.

Read
1 Corinthians 1:10

Discuss
6. What was the apostle Paul’s appeal to the Corinthians?
7. Do you think it is possible for all followers of Jesus to be perfectly united in mind and thought? Why or why not?

Say
If everyone in the conga line follows the leader, then everyone will move orderly together as one line. However, if members of the line decide not to follow the leader, then the line breaks apart and move in different directions.
In the same way, since all who believe in Jesus form one body, if everyone obeys Jesus’ commands, then we will be united as one body, with the same mind and thought of Jesus.

Read
Colossians 3:12-14

Discuss
8. What does it mean to “clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience”?
What are some of practical actions of people clothed with these?
Which of these “clothes” do you think you are most lacking in? What can you do about it?
9. According to verse 14, what is the one thing that binds everyone together in perfect unity?
Why do you think love is most important?

Read
Galatians 5:16,22-23

Discuss
10. What does it mean to walk by the Spirit?
11. If we walk by the Spirit, what will the Spirit produce in our lives?

Conclude
As fellow followers of Jesus, we are all part of the body of Christ, with Christ as the head of the body.
And we all have received the gift of the Holy Spirit who lives within us.
If we, as individuals, submit to Christ as our Lord and yield to the leading of the Holy Spirit, then we can and should live in love and harmony with one another, as one united body of Christ Jesus.

Bible Lesson – Leadership

Discuss
1. Did you enjoy this game? Why or why not?
2. How did you feel being the ultimate champion heading the conga line?
3. What do you think makes a good leader? Can you describe a good leader?
4. What does God think makes a good leader?

Read
Luke 22:25-26 (NLT)
Jesus told them, “In this world the kings and great men lord it over their people, yet they are called ‘friends of the people.’ But among you it will be different. Those who are the greatest among you should take the lowest rank, and the leader should be like a servant.

Discuss
5. According to this passage, what should a good leader be like?

Say
In another Bible passage, Jesus gave his disciples an example of what he meant by this…

Read
John 13:3-5

Discuss
6. What did Jesus do?
7. What is Jesus’ status? What is the status of those whose feet he washed?
8. What do you notice about verses 3 and 5.
Does this seem contradictory to you? (That someone who knows he has power over everything should decide to wash the feet of his followers.)
9. What lesson can we learn from this passage about leadership?

Say
At the time of Jesus, the people usually wore sandals, so their feet got dirty easily. When they go into people’s homes for meals, it was customary for the host’s servant to wash the feet of guests. But in this instance, there were no servants to wash everyone’s feet.
Even though Jesus knew that he had great power, he did not exert his authority over his followers and insist that someone washes his feet. Instead Jesus chose to humble himself and took on the servant’s role and washed the feet of his disciples.

Discuss
10. Today, it is not our custom and there is no need for us to wash the feet of our dinner guests.
So instead of washing one another’s feet, how can we follow Jesus’ example? What practical ways can we serve the needs of one another?

Conclude
Jesus is our Lord and Savior. He has power and authority over everything. And yet not only washed his disciples’ feet, but, much more than that, he gave up his heavenly status, took on the very nature of a servant made in human likeness, and died on the cross for our sins. (Philippians 2:5-8)
If we claim to be followers of Jesus, then we must follow his example.
If we want to be a leader, we must be a servant leader. The greatest must become least.

Related Bible Passages
Mark 9:35

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