Words are a powerful ally in communicating the truth of God’s Word. Every Christian should be striving to become better at communicating the Word of God to be more effective in their service for Christ. To this end, we encourage you to consider entering our speech competition category.
Whether you are telling a Bible story or a simple story portraying a Bible truth, the speech competition can be fun to prepare and perform. Enjoy the experience, the nervousness, and the reward of strengthening your talents in an area that will aid your Christian service for the rest of your life!
The Bible story competition is open to young men and ladies in the Varsity category. We ask that you adhere to the following guidelines when preparing for competition:
- Each Bible story is limited to 7-9 minutes.
- While visual aids may be used, a Bible story that can captivate an audience without the use of a visual aid will receive a better score.
- The lesson must be a story or event from the Bible, written by the student. All settings, characters, and explanations in the lesson must be Biblically and historically accurate. All Scriptures used must be memorized. Notes may not be used for delivery.
- The story must be prepared and delivered on the level of children, ages 8-12.
- Each contestant must present three typewritten copies of his outline (with his name on each one) to the judges at the time of delivery. The outline should include a concise, written out introduction, and conclusion. Sources used should also be duly noted. Also, include the text of quoted Scripture.
- Contestants will be judged on a variety of speaking elements. Extra points will be awarded for greater difficulty in areas such as memorization and dramatization.
The storytelling competition is open to young men and ladies in the Jr. Varsity category. We ask that you adhere to the following guidelines when preparing for competition:
- Stories should be of the practical “Aunt Carolyn” type. The story selection should not be a series.
- There is a 4-7 minute time limit.
- Storybooks/pictures should be used as visuals.
- Contestants should present one copy of the story to the judges at the time of delivery.
- Contestants will be judged on a variety of speaking elements. Refer to the judging form for grading guidelines.