1. Finish The Sentence
Example: I am Blessed Because…
This is a very popular ice breaker game for retreats. Each person in the group takes a turn introducing themselves and finishes a predetermined sentence, “I am blessed because…”. This gives everyone a chance to know each other a little better.
2. Bible Pictionary
List several scenes from the Bible onto pieces of paper and place into a bowl. Divide the group into two teams. Have one member from each team pick a piece of paper and draw out the scene on a large piece of paper or dry-erase board. The other members of the team will try to guess what scene from the Bible is being drawn. The team that guesses the most scenes correctly in the time frame allotted will win a prize.
Bonus: A few other Bible Based board games.
Cactus Games Outburst-Bible Edition
Bible Trivia Challenge Cards
Guesstures: Bible Edition
Apples to Apples Bible Edition
3. True or False
Have each person tell two stories about themselves, one that is true, and one that is false. The group has to guess which of the stories is a lie. This is one of the more popular Christian games for adults, because the false (and sometimes true) stories can be quite humorous and get everyone laughing.
4. Bible Telephone
Have everyone in the group line up side by side. Pick a short verse from the Bible and each person will whisper it to the person next to them. This will continue down the line until the verse reaches the last person, who will then repeat what they heard aloud. A majority of the time, the verse will be completely different from what it originally started out as. This is always a fun game and a great ice breaker.
5. Bible Hangman
This is played similar to the traditional “hangman” game, but uses words or phrases from the Bible. Break the group up into two teams. The first team will do the drawing, the second team will guess the letters. The game continues until the second team either guesses the word or phrase correctly or is “hung”. Then, have the teams switch places and repeat the process. Keep track of which team guesses more words or phrases correctly, and offer the winning team a prize.
6. Name Game
Have one person start out by saying a name of a character from the Bible. The next person has to come up with a character from the Bible whose name starts with the last letter of the previously stated Bible character. Continue on with this until the group gets stumped or someone repeats a name. For a list of Bible names, see this website: Christianity Oasis.
7. Who Am I?
You will need an index card for each person in the group. Write the name of a popular Bible character on each index card. Pin the back of the index card onto the back of each person. Have everyone pair off into groups and ask each other questions to figure out whose name is pinned to their back. You can offer a prize to the first group who guesses all of their names correctly.
8. Bible Bingo
This is similar to the traditional Bingo game, but instead of using numbers on the Bingo cards, use words or phrases from the Bible. An announcer will shout out the word or phrase, and if it appears on their game card, the group member will check it off with a marker. The first person to get all words or phrases in a row yells out “Bible Bingo” and wins the game. Printable “Bible Bingo” cards are available here.
9. Bible Scavenger Hunt
Give each group member a Bible and a list of items to find. The list should include ten to twenty items. The items should be clues to different Bible verses or phrases. The person that finds the most items in the time allotted wins the game and a prize.
10. Name That Hymn
A piano is required for this game, as well as someone who familiar with songs from the church hymnal and how to play them. Divide the group up into two teams. The pianist will play the song without singing the words. The first group to guess the most correct hymns will win the game. To make this game more challenging, try starting the song in the middle of a verse. Here is a great list of popular hymn albums
11. Bible Scene
Break the group up into small teams, and have each team choose a scene from the Bible that they would like to re-enact. Allow the teams enough time to put their scene together and choose who will play each role. Have a large chest of costumes and props available for the teams to use. This will add to the fun of the game and make the scenes more interesting. Each team will perform their Bible scene, and the group will vote on which team’s scene was the best. Offer the winning team a prize. This is a great game to end the retreat with, since the group members will be comfortable with each other by then and it is a memorable way to finish off their time there.
A majority of people who attend a Christian retreat rave about how good of a time they had learning more about themselves, their faith, and fellow church members. This is due in large part to the Christian games for adults that are played at these retreats. These games are not only fun, but also educational and inspirational. They help forge strong bonds between the group members and give the attendees memories to last a lifetime.