Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Go Deep. Get Real. 100+ Campaigners Questions To Help Kids Open Up

Good questions are essential to a deep Campaigners discussion. It's often difficult to get teenagers talking, especially guys. Start the discussion with questions that help them slowly open up...then go deeper.

One of my friends does 3 questions to start his Campaigners time each week. He calls it 'Deep, Deeper, Deepest.' Sometimes he just uses the same question and does 3 different rounds.  

Example


Deep- If you really knew me, you would know that...I like sour patch kids more than I like my little sister.

Deeper- If you really knew me, you would know that...my girlfriend dumped me this week for some loser that goes to Western.
Deepest- If you really knew me, you would know that...I have an addiction to cheating and have never been caught in 3 years but I'm trying to stop now.

Below are 100 questions to help you start deeper discussions.


Light

  • If you really knew me, you would know.… (could be in the 'light' or 'deep' category)
  • What are the Highs and Lows of your week thus far?
  • Tell us a nickname you've had and how you got it.
  • What's one or two of your pet peeves?
  • What is your favorite place on the planet?
  • If you could eat any meal tonight, what would it be and who would it be with?
  • Tell us 3 songs you are loving right now.
  • What's something you can do that no one else in our group can do?
  • If we looked at your internet history, what 3 sites would we find you spend the most time on?
  • If you could dispense any condiment out of your pinky finger what would it be?
  • What movie or TV character do you most identify with and why?
  • Show us 5 of the last 20 pictures in your camera roll and explain each pic.
  • What's one of the best gifts you've ever received?
  • Fact or Fiction? Say 3 things about yourself, one being false and have the group guess which of the three statements isn't true.
  • Show and Tell: Bring something from your childhood to show us about yourself and explain why you brought it.
  • Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
  • What's the most hilarious thing about you or tell us about a 'hidden talent.'
  • What's the best or worst vacation you've ever been on?
  • If you were blind, what would you miss seeing the most?
  • With what famous person would you most like to share a meal? What would you ask them?
  • What would you do with a million dollars?
  • If you got a tattoo, what would it be and where?
  • What is your favorite room in your house and why?
  • Why did you come to YL for the first time?
  • If you were a guest on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, what questions would you want Jimmy to ask you?
  • Tell us 2 truths and 1 lie about you and we'll guess which one is the lie.
  • Name a movie or song that has had a real impact on you.
  • Break into groups of 2 and interview your partner. Find out all about them and then introduce them to the group.
  • What is your earliest memory?
  • Who was your childhood hero and why?
  • Would you rather give a compliment or receive a compliment? (Do whatever they choose: Either give them a compliment from each person in the group or ask them to give one to someone in the group.)
  • What is your favorite class/teacher and why?
  • If you were given 2 million dollars and could buy any vehicle for everyone in our group, what type of vehicle would you buy for each person and why?
  • Are you a:
    • Talker/Listener
    • Doer/Thinker
    • Spender/Saver
    • Optimist/Pessimist
    • Starter/Finisher
    • Extrovert/Introvert

Deep

  • How would you describe your relationship with Christ right now?
  • In what area of your life do you feel most satisfied right now? Why?
  • In what area of your life do you feel most empty right now? Why?
  • If you had to live this past week over again, would you change anything? If so, what would that be?
  • What is one way your parents have sacrificed for you?
  • Finish the sentence: If you lived in my house for a week you might be surprised by....
  • Finish the sentence: "I wish God would...."
  • What are 3-5 words your parents would use to describe you?
  • What are 3-5 words your friends would use to describe you?
  • What are 3-5 words you would use to describe you?
  • If you could have any question answered, what would it be?
  • What's a question you've never been asked, but wish someone would ask you.
  • What storms in your life would you like Jesus to calm?
  • What has been your biggest disappointment?
  • Who knows you best?
  • Do you see yourself as a leader or a follower? Why?
  • When have you made your mom or dad proud?
  • What was your most satisfying accomplishment in elementary school? In middle school? Since middle school?
  • What have you been praying for this week?
  • I heard you say ... last week at Campaigners, tell me more about that.
  • If you were me, the YL leader leading the Campaigners time, what question would you ask everyone that would help us go deeper with God and one another?
  • What do you think God has been trying to teach you lately?
  • Tell us about an adult (teacher, coach, etc...) who has influenced your life and how so.
  • What's been one of the scariest moments in your life?
  • Tell us the names of your family members, and describe your relationship with them.
  • Draw a picture representing your life using 4-8 symbols. Make the symbol nearest the center the most important aspect or interest and then draw the others around it.
  • If you could ask God any question, what would it be?
  • If you knew you wouldn't fail, what's one thing you would like to do in life?
  • If you had a real need, what person would you go to and why?
  • At your funeral, what do you want people to say about you?
  • What is one thing you wish you could change about yourself?
  • In what area of your life do you feel the most stressed out?
  • Finish the sentence...
    • One thing that makes me angry is...
    • The thing keeping me awake at night is...
    • I feel happiest when...
    • I just wish...
  • What effects of Sin do you see in your own life?
  • Who has the greatest influence on you? What person(s)?
  • What's the hardest part of being a teenager?
  • What's the hardest part of being a Christian?
  • What is one thing you love about God?

Deeper

  • My best day ever was....
  • My worst days ever was....
  • What is one regret you have that no one in this room knows about?
  • What one thing has helped you grow most in your relationship with Christ?
  • Where do you feel the greatest spiritual challenge?
  • If you could erase one memory from your past, what would it be?
  • When is the last time you cried and why?
  • When is the last time you apologized to someone and why?
  • When is a time when you've felt closest to God?
  • When is a time when you've felt farthest away from God?
  • When is a time when you really needed God?
  • What is an important conversation that has shaped your life?
  • What makes it hard for you to follow Jesus?
  • What motivates you to follow Jesus?


If you have other good questions to add, please comment below or email me here.

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