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Gaming the Gospels: Follow the Leader

Staff  |  11 February 2020

How easy is it to identify and follow a leader? Take part in this fun activity and then reflect on a leader's role.

Form small groups – no more than 10 or 12. Explain that one person will act as leader while the rest will copy their actions. Another person will be the guesser. Ask the guesser/s to leave the room while the leaders are chosen. The leader begins actions for the others to follow. These could be any movement, such as a dance move, clapping, stamping, scratching etc. The guesser returns and has to guess who in the group is the leader.

To make it more difficult the leader needs to change their actions while they think the guesser is looking at someone else and the group will need to follow the leader as quickly as possible.

Once the guess has correctly identified the leader, choose a new guesser and repeat the game until everyone has had a turn at the various roles.

Ask the children to reflect on the experience – what role was most difficult/fun? Was it easy or hard to tell who was the leader? Why?

In Matthew 4:18-22 Jesus calls Simon and his brother Andrew and then James and John, the sons of Zebedee to follow him and they do. Why would they do that? What kind of leader was Jesus? Can you find examples of his leadership? Reflect on leaders you know. Do they lead in good or hurtful ways? What makes a good leader? In the past few months federal and state politicians have been criticised and praised for the way they have dealt with the bushfire crisis. Has the commentary been justified and why?


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