This is a modified version of the classic game of charades. The goal of the game is to help us all become better prepared to be adaptable in the field ministry. Each person takes turns playing the part of a householder with another person being the Witness knocking on their door. The householder will present a different situation that the Witness will try to adapt to using whatever “tools” they have brought with them. We tried to focus on learning to use new features in our Bibles (like the section An Introduction To God’s Word) , using jw.org, remembering key scriptures, and using specific tracts or publications. There is no score, no winning or losing, just each person becoming better equipped to give a witness. – 2 Timothy 3:17
The game starts with one person acting as a householder. That person selects a random slip of paper from a bowl that describes how they should act when the Witness knocks on their door. The second player acts at Witness out in the ministry. They should have their Bible, witnessing bag, smart device, or anything else they would normally take in the ministry. Using the direction from the slip of paper, the householder should present a challenge to the Witness. The Witness will then try to give a witness to the householder using the Bible and whatever else they may want to use (publication, tract, jw.org, video, etc.).
The slips of paper can include a variety of situations. Some might be speaking a different language, being deaf or blind, holding a belief such as the Trinity or evolution, having a question such as why God permits suffering or why we don’t accept blood transfusions, or maybe the person has lost a loved one in death or recently lost their job. Whatever they are, they should be varied and realistic as to represent the types of people we might meet in our ministry. We also included a “wildcard” where the householder can do whatever they want, and maybe have a little fun with it too. You can easily just cut up some strips of paper, write the various situations on them and put them in a bowl. I created some simple sheets with topics that can be printed and cut out for use that can be downloaded here.
A nice variation to the game is to do it as though the Witness is witnessing informally. With this version the Witness would only have one item such as a Bible or smart device with jw.org to use. The setting could be at school, public transportation, at the doctor’s office, etc. Also, if there are very young ones involved, they could be the assistant who rings the doorbell, gives the tract, reads the scripture or has some part as well. As added fun we like to use one of the bedroom doors so as to have a “real” door to knock on when playing.