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January 2018

15 Killer Questions to Break the Ice in Sunday School

By Jeremy Steele

Whoever decided that getting teenagers into a room to learn early on a Sunday morning clearly remembered nothing about their own adolescence. That means that we have to work extra hard to get students engaged and help them avoid the siren song being sung by the back of their eyelids. Sometimes all you need is a good icebreaker question to get their attention warmed up so they can stay engaged through the rest of Sunday School. Here are fifteen of my favorites:

  1. What is the thing that bothers you most about the wold right now?
  2. Chocolate or Skittles?
  3. What is something your parents do that you will never do when you are a parent?
  4. What makes a teacher a good teacher?
  5. What is your favorite thing to do late at night with your best friend?
  6. What recent news story made you the most mad?
  7. Snow in winter or beach in summer?
  8. What is the weirdest thing you’ve ever read or heard from the Bible?
  9. Where is the strangest place you’ve ever fallen asleep? Tell the story.
  10. Describe your dream vacation.
  11. Is the book better than the movie?
  12. What caused you the most physical pain you’ve ever felt?
  13. Name three issues worth devoting your life to.
  14. The best YouTube video ever:
  15. When was the longest you ever went without brushing your teeth?
When he's not playing with his four children with his wonderful wife, Jeremy is the associate pastor at Los Altos UMC in Los Altos, CA. Jeremy has spent over twenty years working in youth and children's ministry and continues to train children and youth workers as well as writing and speaking extensively in that field. His most recent book is the "All the Best Questions." You can find a list of all his books, articles, and resources for churches at JeremyWords.com.