Agree-Disagree

Good for...

Getting a snapshot of a group's feelings on a particular issue.

You will require 

  • 4 sheets of paper. On each, write one of the following: Agree, Strongly agree, Disagree, Strongly disagree (or Yes, A bit, No, Not very much)

Preparation

  • Place a sheet of paper on each wall so that they can be seen easily.
  • Decide on the issue about which you want to start a conversation (e.g. going to church/church youth or children's group) and create a series of statements (see example below)

What to do

  • Have everyone stand in the middle of the room.
  • Explain that after each statement, they need to decide if they 'Agree', 'Agree strongly', 'Disagree', or 'Disagree strongly' and then go to stand by the relevant paper.
  • Read out the statements, one at a time. Take a note of the numbers at each reponse.
  • Continue the conversation e.g. 'Most of you agreed that church helps you find out about God. How does it do that?' 'How could church do it better?' 'What more do you want to find out?'
  • Reflect - what have you learned? How might that feed in to what you (or the church) do? Who can help things to change?

Sample statements

  • Going to church helps me to understand how to treat other people 
  • Going to church helps me to know what to believe about God 
  • Going to church helps me to find out more about God 
  • Going to church helps me to say prayers 
  • Going to church helps me to look after the world 

You will need to devise statements that fit with your chosen theme or issue. 

Do it differently 

  • Give everyone a post it note to stick on the paper after each statement.
  • Print out the statements with numbers 1—5 marked against each. Invite everyone to circle the number that reflects how much they agree with the statement (1 = not very much, 5 = very much agree). Lead into a discussion as above.
  • Ask the young people to suggest statements.
  • Move to choose is a similar idea.

Adapt it for younger children

For younger children use words such as like, like a lot, don’t like. Only use one statement at a time before discussion.

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