Faith CoLab: Tapestry of Faith: Harvest the Power, 2nd Edition: A Lay Leadership Development Program for Adults

Alternate Activity 1: What I Cherish

(20 minutes)


  • Newsprint, markers, and wall-safe tape


  • Be prepared to model this activity for participants.
  • On a sheet of newsprint, write your name, how long you have been part of this congregation, and a brief description of a place, person, or item that you cherish. Post the newsprint where all can see it.
  • If the group is larger than 10, you may wish to form smaller groups for this activity. If you are presenting this workshop as part of a retreat, this activity can be a good icebreaker.


This activity provides an opportunity for participants to share, at whatever level they are comfortable, a bit of their identity by telling others about something they cherish.

Indicate the newsprint. Give participants a minute to prepare to introduce themselves to the group, using your example on newsprint as a guide.

Facilitators should go first to model the process. Have participants introduce themselves and share their stories, either going around the circle or asking for volunteers.

Once everyone has shared, ask, “How will sharing these stories with one another help us work together as a faithful leadership team?”