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Speedfriending

October 13, 2022
Miriam Rainwater, Northwest Collegiate Ministries’ (NCM) Director, Portland State University, Oregon

One of our desires as a BCNet Evangelism Committee is to provide collegiate directors with ideas for evangelism on their campus. We have provided ideas in four categories: First Contact, Conversational Outreach, Community Integration, and Gospel Proclamation. We hope that the following Community Integration event will be useful to you and your students!

MATERIALS

Students greatly desire to make friends at the beginning of each term, and hosting Speedfriending is a great way to facilitate the beginnings of community! This event also works digitally in the summer while seeking to connect with students pre-fall rush! Why not be the first organization on campus that is providing a basis for friendship and community? Hosting this event is simple. You’ll need the following:

  • Speedfriending questions (I have included ours in an Appendix if you would like to use them!) 
  • Snacks along rows of chairs/tables

PRIOR TO THE EVENT

Either create your own Speedfriending questions or use the ones in this Appendix. We recommend that if you create your own questions that you ask three questions in this order: simple non-threatening question (e.g. “What is your favorite color?”), slightly more personal question that allows student to begin sharing about themselves (e.g. “What’s your favorite childhood memory of vacation?”), and finally a more detailed question that allows for spiritual discussion (e.g. “Do you believe that kindness can really change the world? Why or why not?”). 

Cut out the groups of three questions and lay them down the table in front of each pair of students. 

DURING THE EVENT

Have some type of fun icebreaker game as you are waiting on students to join. When the event starts, explain that they will have three minutes with each set of questions and then each side of the table will take turns moving one seat to the right (with one person from each end being bumped around the table to the opposite end. Then they will have three minutes with new people. Make sure that your student leaders/staff split up the student contacts by individuals they connected with and follow-up with everyone. Personal Zoom or one-on-one coffee meetings (according to your campus and state guidelines) are crucial to continue momentum of relationships and gospel opportunities! 

DURING THE EVENT

If you could pick up a new skill in an instant what would it be?

Who’s someone you really admire?

What is your view of the afterlife? Why?

Seen any good movies lately you’d recommend?

Who are you most alike in your family?

Do you think that kindness can change the world? Why or why not?

Have you been anywhere recently for the first time?

What were your after-school extracurricular activities?

What are you celebrating in this season of life?

What’s your favorite holiday and why?

What’s your favorite family tradition?

How would you define truth?

Who had the most influence on you growing up?

What was the first thing you bought with your own money?

What causes are you most passionate about and why?

What’s something you want to do in the next year that you’ve never done before?

What’s your favorite place you’ve ever visited?

What is your favorite part of nature and how does it make you feel?

What’s the best advice you’ve ever heard?

Do you collect anything?

What do you believe is your life purpose? Why?

What’s your favorite breakfast cereal?

Do you have siblings? What are they like?

What are you reading right now?

What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?

Which three people from history would you like to meet and why?

What are your goals in becoming better at managing your time as a college student?

What’s your favorite hot beverage?

Would you rather be an Olympian or an Astronaut? Why?

What are your favorite three works of classic literature and why?

Would you rather have a dragon or become a dragon?

What is your favorite TV show and why?

Do you have a faith background? Is so, what is it and does it affect your daily life today? Why or why not?

Is a hotdog a sandwich?

What’s your favorite Disney movie?

What are you most looking forward to on campus this year?

What is the most beautiful drive you’ve ever taken? What made it so memorable?

What are four words you would use to describe yourself in high school?

What do you rely on when life is difficult?

Do you prefer the city or the country? Why?

What was your favorite teacher in elementary school like?

What’s something you want to be remembered for?

What is something you consider too daredevil and have no interest in ever trying? Why?

What’s one of your favorite photos on your phone?

If God is real, what question would you most like to ask Him?

If you had all of the resources in the world, what would you choose to invent?

What’s your favorite family recipe?

What determines human’s value?

Did your childhood bedroom have a decor theme? What was special about it to you?

Did you go to camp growing up? If so, what’s your favorite camp memory?

What is a significant turning point in your life so far?

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