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Team building games are a great way to stimulate communication and teamwork in any group. They can be used as a fun way to explore new ideas, or to practice specific skills. This collection of team building activities is perfect for small groups, but can also be played individually or with a larger group.

Team building games can be a good way of bringing teams together. They are less formal and require less advance preparation than business training events or other types of team learning. Most teams are likely to have some combination of personality conflicts, time pressures and a lack of understanding of each other’s role, which can be resolved by playing these games!

Team building games for church groups that would get everyone involved, on the same page, and create a foundation of trust and friendliness. These character-building exercises are designed to break down barriers, build camaraderie and cohesion, and increase team performance. Team members may even find themselves enjoying these sessions more than they did the regular meetings they’ve been attending every week!

team building games for church groups

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Team building games and activities help a group of people learn to work with each, discover what each other’s strengths and weaknesses are and just generally get to know each other better.

These team building games are great for doing that primary team bonding and growing. Whether for your youth group small group, a scout group, a sporting team, a corporate training event or something completely different – these top ten team building ideas should be a great start.

There are a lot of factors which help make up a good team building activity and to be honest I think using a variety of different ideas will work best in helping your team or group learn to work together. The main factors I’ve considered here are: whether the activity will bring out strengths and weaknesses, whether the activity will allow the group to form and discover roles, how easy it is to run and whether it will help the group bond together.Share this collection

Creeping Closer

If one player makes a mistake and gets caught, it impacts the whole team. A good one will provides an interesting challenge for a team to work together to solve without talking out loud.

Spot The Difference

A team’s observation and memory skills will be tested. How will they work together to achieve the best result?


This team building activity gives each team member a short time in the spotlight. They have a chance to act, sculpt or draw and is often helpful in revealing hidden talents to the rest of the team. Recommended!

Cup Stack Relay

This is a skills-based relay game. One player stacks the cups and the next player collapses them. A good one which allows individuals in a team a “time to shine” and allows the rest of the team a good chance to cheer them on and encourage them.

Table Topics

Another quick and simple idea that doesn’t involve a lot of prepartion. Might be good as a lunch time activity for your small group or corporate team. Give them some cards with questions and away they go…


A problem solving activity like this allows a team a good opportunity to build dynamics. Who are the decision makers? Who are the leaders? Who are the masterminds? Can play this using a projector or try making a live version using colourd cardboard.


A great game which allows a small group to work out how to communicate effectively and have a big laugh at the same time.

The Tangled Chain

This game has a simple concept – form a tangled chain by holding hands and then find a way to untangle yourselves. It provides such a good opportunity for members of the group to think of solutions on the spot, and work out how best convey these solutions to the group. It’s all about communication!

Helium Stick

For a quick & simple activity, Helium Stick should be one of your go-to ideas. Simple premise and can be worked out really fast by the team but always provides a laugh or two.

Team Architect

A classic group task like this allows each member of the team to step forward and find their role. It also allows a great opportunity to see the group dynamics come to the forefront – who are the loud ones, who are the quiet ones etc. For a simple and effective team building game, you can’t go past Team Architect!

Team-building Games for Kid’s Church

It’s that time—and “Move Up Day” for Kid’s Church is a special time of graduating older kids and welcoming new kids into the group. It’s a chance for your children’s church workers to help kids feel welcome in a new atmosphere. That’s where large group and team-building games can be especially useful for welcoming newcomers, getting everyone involved, and building camaraderie among your students.

To get you started, here are five group and team-building games just for kids.

Team-Building Game #1: Up & Down

  • Supplies: One package of large plastic cups, like the SOLO brand cups.
  • Players: 2 teams of 3-4 players per team.
  • Object: To turn cups either up or down depending on your team. The team with the most cups facing in their direction wins.
  • Set up: Place the cups in a rectangle, alternating half the cups facing up and half the cups facing down.
  • Rules: Assign Team A to turn the cups up. Assign Team B to turn the cups down. When a leader says, “Go,” players will race to turn as many cups as possible in their team’s direction within 30 seconds.

Team-Building Game #2: Hot Potato

  • Supplies: Ball, one chair per player, music.
  • Players: Up to 10 players at a time.
  • Object: Be the last player remaining.
  • Set Up: Place chairs in a circle.
  • Rules: Have players take a seat. When the music starts, kids pass the ball to the left, sending it around the circle. At any point, stop the music. The player holding the ball is eliminated. Remove that player’s chair, making sure to close in the circle. Start the music again, have the kid’s pass the ball and repeat until there is only one player left.

Team-Building Game #3: Untangled

  • Supplies: None.
  • Players: Two teams of 5-8 players per team.
  • Object: Be the first team to untangle into a complete circle.
  • Rules: Players stand in a circle. Each player reaches across the circle and grabs someone else’s hand. Then they do the same with their other hand, grabbing someone else’s other hand. When the leader says, “Go,” teams race to untangle until they are standing in a complete circle.

Team-Building Game #4: Scripture Bag Relay

  • Supplies: Two trash bags, paper, scripture.
  • Players: As many players as there are words or numbers in the scripture.
  • Object: Be the first team to assemble the scripture correctly.
  • Set up: Write the scripture on pieces of paper, one word or number per page. Crumple each one up and place them all in a trash bag. Fill the rest of the bag with blank, crumpled papers and mix them all up. Then repeat the process with a second bag.
  • Rules: Place each bag at end of a relay lane. When a leader says, “Go,” one player from each team must race to the end of their lane, grab a paper and un-crumple it. If he or she finds a word, they race back to the start with the paper. If he or she pulls out a blank page, they must recrumple the paper, stuff it back in the bag, and try again. They continue until they find a paper with a word on it. Back at the starting line, each team assembles the papers in order until one team wins.

Team-Building Game #5: What Animal Am I?

  • Supplies: Small Post-it notes or 3”x5” cards cut in half, tape, pen/marker.
  • Players: No limit.
  • Object: Be the first player to discover their animal.
  • Set up: Write the name of one animal on each Post-it note. Tape one Post-it to each player’s forehead without them seeing it.
  • Rules: When a leader says, “Go,” players must mingle throughout the room asking yes/no questions about the animal on their own head, such as “Do I live in Africa?” or “Can I fly?” All players ask questions at the same time, but they can’t ask the same person two questions in a row, ensuring that they talk to as many others as possible. Once a player believes they knows which animal they are, they must go to the leader and ask, “Am I a ____?” When they’re correct, they get to sit down.

These games are sure to bring new students out of their shells and get everyone involved. They’re a lot of fun too!

Of course, don’t forget to remind parents about your church’s Move Up Day. Hand out refrigerator flyers the week before, place notices on your church’s social media sites, and send text reminders to your students’ parents.

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