Quirky Exercise: Pockets and Purses
Tools needed: Whatever is in your team members’ pockets and/or purses that they consider trash or unwanted items. A hanging canvas. Paints of choice (oil or acrylic) and whatever art supplies an artist may want for this project.
We did this exercise with our entire church once but it can also be done with a smaller group of people. Have everyone empty their pockets, purses, backpacks, briefcases, etc. and toss all the unwanted items into a pile. You might be surprised at some of the items that end up in the pile and there will probably be an opportunity for a few jokes. The items are a representation of everyone’s quirkiness, habits, likes, etc.
Hire a local artist to assemble the junk into a vibrant found-object piece of hanging art. Hang it in a place where everyone can see it and talk about it.
Objective: This artistic visual is a metaphor for your team/church. All of these quirky things can work together for a common good. Our quirks can work in harmony when they are purposed towards and in line with the mission. God is in the business of taking our junk and making something beautiful. He is a God of restoration. He delights in variety. He heals brokenness. He makes beauty and gives crowns in place of ashes. He turns mourning into dancing.