- capturing a snapshot of opinion before going into a discussion
- allowing less vocal members of a group express an opinion without needing to use words
- coming to a group consensus about a particular way forward
You will require
- A set of 3 'thumb cards' for each participant
- A way of recording the responses
- Chose a subject/theme for the session (there are suggestions below)
- Consider what follow up questions you might need to continue a discussion.
What to do
- If necessary, explain that each card represents LIKE (thumbs up), DISLIKE (thumbs down), NOT SURE/NEUTRAL (thumbs level)
- Play a few warm up rounds e.g. 'What do you think of bananas?', 'What do you think of the colour red?'
- Introduce the main theme with a 'What do you think about...' question
- Continue the discussion by asking the participants why they responded as they did. What might help to change the way they feel?
- How would the participants like to let the PCC/activity leaders know what they feel?
- Reflect - have you learned/ How might that feed in to what you (or the church) do? Who can help things to change?
- What do you think about church? (Follow up questions: Which parts make you feel that way? How might things change?)
- What do your friends think about God/church ? (Follow up questions: Why do you think they feel that way? How might the church/you help them to think differently?)
- What do you think about our all-age/youth service? (Follow up questions: Which parts make you feel that way? How could you help to make a difference?)
- Our church is planning to (building project/mission activity/new service). What do you think about that? What makes you feel that way? How could you be involved and make a difference?)