Reverend Know it All
To begin this improvisation based exercise break the participants into groups of three. People that are not in a group of three that is the reverend will be the congregation watching and asking questions. The three people will take questions, moderated by the sidecoach, on a topic. After the question is asked, each person will give one word at a time to answer the question. For example:
Sidecoach: Ok the reverend is an expert in wisdom. Who has a question about wisdom?
Congregation Member: How do you get wisdom reverend?
Person 1: You
Person 2: get
Person 3: wisdom
Person 1: by
Person 2: doing
Person 3: a
Person 1: bunch
Person 2: of
Person 3: stuff.
Each group should answer a few questions, depending on the size of the group.
In reverence, talk about how they answered together. Was it hard or easy knowing what to say next? Was your answer true? Was your answer what you thought it was going to be?
McKnight, Katherine S., and Mary Scruggs. The Second City Guide to Improv in the Classroom: Using Improvisation to Teach Skills and Boost Learning. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2008. Print.
Great for the themes of: Wisdom, the sources, truth, and insight.