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Divide participants into teams of three. Give each team a pencil and a copy of the committee list.
Say, in your own words:
Imagine that the Board of Directors of our congregations has determined there are too many committees. They want to eliminate some of them. Your task is to rank the committees in order of importance. Give a number "one" to the committee you think is the most important, a number "two" to the next important, and so on, until you have a ranking for each committee.
Let them know that this is a group activity and that each team member will have to agree on a ranking before it is officially determined. Tell them they will have ten minutes to accomplish this task and they may ask questions about any committee they are unfamiliar with. Say "Go!" to start the teams.
Watch the time and be available for any questions which may come up. Give the teams a one-minute warning. Then call "Time!" to signal the end of the exercise.
Ask the teams to share how they ranked the committees and why they made those selections. Encourage teams to explain how they decided which committee was the most important and which one was the least important on the list; lead them to articulate the criteria they used.
After each team has presented their rankings, note the similarities and differences in teams' responses.
Lead the group to compare the criteria used by the different teams to determine what committees are the most important to the congregational community. Did any groups get stuck, and not complete the ranking? If so, was it because they could not agree on criteria? Or, maybe they agreed that all the committees are equally important to the congregation.
Leave time to lead reflection on the experience with questions such as:
Ask participants if they would give you permission to share their findings with the minister and the Board. If they agree, make sure to follow up. Your congregation's leadership may find it enlightening to know the children's perceptions of various congregational committees and their understanding of different committees' value.
If the group has non-readers or any who struggle with reading, take time to read aloud the list of committees before signaling teams to "Go!"
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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