Missions training exercise: Getting out of your comfort zone

Short-term missions training exercise

This exercise was written for U.S. college students gathered for a week-long training camp prior to 8 weeks of summer ministry around the world. The exercise was done in a city with which none of them were familiar

Take people to an area of a city which contains the target location. Drop them off in pairs a mile or less from a target location. Give them a sheet with the following printed instructions. Do not tell them how to get to the target location. 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). Talk to some people along the way. Ask directions. Find out something fascinating about the neighborhood or about the people you encounter. Arrive at the target loction with a least one more thing that what you started with (a business card, a coin, an advertising pen, or even a sample of food.

Your assignment is to find strangers to talk with. Find out a few things (for instance -- but not exclusively -- job, family, dreams, travels, or religious beliefs), and share some things about yourself. You may mention why you are doing this, but do not make that the central focus of the conversaion. 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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