Missions training exercise: Getting out of your comfort zone

Short-term missions training exercise

This exercise was written for college students gathered for a week-long training camp prior to 8 weeks of summer ministry.

Take people to an area of a city with which they are unfamiliar. Drop them off in pairs a mile or less from a target location. Give them a sheet with the following printed instructions. Be sure to debrief at the end of the event to help participants process this most effectively.

     Today is an opportunity to get out of your comfort zone. Unless the Spirit leads you to, you do not need to evangelize anyone you encounter. You will do this exercise with a partner of your choosing. Your group goal today is to make your way to COLD STONE CREAMERY (change to location being used) and ARRIVE THERE WITH MORE MONEY THAN YOU STARTED WITH!
     Your personal objective is to find a stranger to talk with. Find out from this person a few things (for instance -- but not exclusively -- job, family, dreams, travels, or religious beliefs), and share some things about yourself. Do not go into a long explanation with this person in on why you are doing this. Simply enjoy the conversation and the challenge of stepping out of your comfort zone and meeting people.
     If you get lost and cannot make it in one hour, you can call: (insert cell phone number of facilitator or phone number of location).
     GOOD LUCK!!! You have one hour.

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