Who’s the Leader

Players must stay alert and promptly follow the leader’s ever-changing actions while one guesser tries to figure out who the leader is. Use this game to teach about how to be a great leader and about following Jesus.

Bible: John 10:1-18; 13:1-17; 14:15; Luke 22:24-30

Ages: 6 and above

Group Size: 6 or more

Who’s the Leader No Prep Youth Group Games
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How to Play

Have everyone sit or stand in a circle.

Get one player to volunteer to be the guesser.

After the guesser leaves the room, another player will volunteer to be the leader.
The leader will start doing an action and everyone in the circle follows.
(For example, clapping your hands or rubbing your tummy.)

The guesser then returns to the room and stands in the middle of the circle.

The leader must change the action every now and then, and everyone must quickly follow.
The more creative the actions, the more fun the game. The interval between each action change should be about 10-20 seconds.

The guesser will try to guess who the leader is as quickly as possible.

Once the guesser guesses correctly, the leader will be the next guesser.
(Depending on the number of players, you may like to limit the number of guesses or set a time limit for each guesser.)

Play as many rounds as you like.

 

Tip

The more creative the actions, the more fun the game.
Depending on the ages of your players, you may suggest some of these actions:

Simple (sitting):

  • Clap your hands
  • Snap your fingers
  • Pat your knees/head/shoulders
  • Pull your ears
  • Pinch your nose
  • Scratch your back
  • Do a facepalm
  • Shake/nod your head
  • Stick out your tongue
  • Kiss the air
  • Cry like a baby
  • Give yourself a big hug
  • Rub your tummy
  • Comb your hair with your fingers
  • A combination of any 2 or more of the above actions

Animals (standing):

  • Walk (on the spot) and cluck like a chicken
  • Hop and croak like a frog
  • Make bunny ears with your fingers and hop like a rabbit
  • Swim like a fish
  • Pretend your arms are the mouth of an alligator
  • Flick your tongue and hiss like a snake
  • Waddle and quack like a duck
  • Flap your arms like a bird

Perform (standing):

  • Play a musical instrument (e.g. drums, guitar, piano, violin, trumpet)
  • Lip sync
  • Dance
  • Do the chicken dance
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Bible Lesson 1 – Following Jesus (Kids)

Discuss
1. Did you enjoy this game? Why or why not?
2. Was it always easy to follow the leader? Tell us more.
3. Did you sometimes get confused about who to follow or what to do? Tell us more.

Read
John 10:2-5

Discuss
4. Whose voice will the sheep follow?
5. Do the sheep know who their shepherd is?
6. Does the shepherd know which are his sheep?

Say
This passage tells us that the shepherd knows his sheep by name. And the sheep recognizes and follows the voice of its shepherd. Let’s read more about the shepherd and the sheep.

Read
John 10:11-13

Discuss
7. Who does this passage compare the good shepherd with?
8. What will a good shepherd do for his sheep? Why?

Read
John 10:14-15

Discuss
9. In this passage, who does the good shepherd refer to?
10. Who are the sheep?

Say
In this passage, the good shepherd refers to Jesus and the sheep are his followers.
The Bible tells us that Jesus is the good shepherd who died on the cross for our sins.
If you believe in Jesus, you are a follower of Jesus. Jesus is your shepherd and you are one of Jesus’ sheep.

Discuss
11. Is Jesus your shepherd? Are you one of his sheep?

Read
John 14:15

Discuss
12. What does this verse tell us?

Conclude
If we are followers of Jesus and one of his sheep, then we must obey his commands.
John 14:15-17,26 tells us that the Holy Spirit who lives inside us will help us follow Jesus.
It is important that you learn to follow Jesus closely. You can do this by reading the Bible and talking to him regularly.

 

Bible Lesson 2 – Leadership (Youth/Adults)

Get Started
1. What were some clues that gave the leaders away?
2. Who are some great real-life leaders you can think of? What makes them great?

Get into the Word
Read Luke 22:24-30
3. There was a dispute among the disciples as to which of them was considered greatest. What was Jesus’ response?

Read John 13:1-17 (Jesus Washes His Disciples’ Feet)
4. Are you surprised by what Jesus did? Tell us more.
5. If you were one of the disciples, how would you have felt about what Jesus was doing? How would you have reacted?
6. How did Jesus explain his actions?
7. In what ways is Jesus different from the great leaders that we talked about earlier?

Get the Word into your Life
8. Today, there is no need for us to wash the feet of our dinner guests. How else can we follow Jesus’ example?
9. We may or may not be a ministry leader at church or a manager at work. But we are all influencers in our own ways within our own families and communities. What are some changes you can make in how you interact with the people around you?

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