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2019 Christian Speech and Debate Online Summit

Whether you are new to speech and debate or you are ready to take your students or personal skills to the next level, we can help! Join us for an exciting week including twenty interactive seminars delivered by leaders and experts. 

REGISTER FOR THE SUMMIT

Can't attend the online event live? No worries! Sign up to receive course materials and video replay links via email.

Join us for the Online Summit: August 12-16

10am CT

Monday, August 12 Embracing the Mission

Tuesday, August 13 Launching Clubs and Classes

Wednesday, August 14 Coaching Tomorrow's Leaders

Thursday, August 15 Providing Meaningful Feedback

Friday, August 16 Getting the Most Out of Tournaments

12pm CT

Monday, August 12 Building a Firm Foundation for Value Debate

Tuesday, August 13 Exploring the Value Resolution

Wednesday, August 14 Constructing Sound Value Arguments

Thursday, August 15 Evaluating the Philosophy of War

Friday, August 16 Walking in Integrity 

 2pm CT

Monday, August 12 Building a Firm Foundation for Speech

Tuesday, August 13 Diving into New Speech Events

Wednesday, August 14 Designing Dynamic Speeches

Thursday, August 15 Changing Lives One Story at a Time

Friday, August 16 Bringing Literature to Life

4pm CT

Monday, August 12 Building a Firm Foundation for Policy Debate

Tuesday, August 13 Exploring the Policy Resolution

Wednesday, August 14 Constructing Sound Policy Arguments

Thursday, August 15 Evaluating the Implications of Energy Policy

Friday, August 16 Moot Court: Simulating Oral Argument


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Session Summaries

Click on each title to view the format and speakers for each session.

Monday, August 12

10am General Seminar

Embracing the Mission Our mission is more than mere words. It's the purpose that motivates everything we do. Our goal is not to train up gifted communicators who can entertain an audience but rather to train up godly communicators who stand firm in truth and point others to Christ. Join us for a panel discussion and hear the heart behind the league.

12pm Value Debate Seminar

Building a Firm Foundation Value debate challenges students to consider the values that drive our actions. Lay a firm foundation by reviewing the basics and discussing practical tips and tools for the season. 

2pm Speech Seminar

Building a Firm Foundation Speech invites students to share a message with an audience. Lay a firm foundation by reviewing the basics, casting a vision, and discussing practical tips and tools for the season.

4pm Policy Debate Seminar

Building a Firm Foundation Policy debate challenges students to consider problems and advocate policies to solve them. Lay a firm foundation by reviewing the basics and discussing practical tips and tools for the season. 

Tuesday, August 13

10am General Seminar

Launching Clubs and Classes Clubs and classes invite students into a collaborative learning adventure. Join veteran club leaders and our Director of Education to discuss effective strategies for assessing interest, building a team, creating a plan, fostering community, and awarding credits.

12pm Value Debate Seminar

Exploring the Value Resolution Is preventive war ethical? Dive into this year's resolution as we discuss the values that should drive our decisions in relation to war. Discover the philosophical underpinnings that will guide your reading and research endeavors.

2pm Speech Seminar

Diving into New Speech Events NCFCA is excited to introduce Digital Presentation and Humorous Interpretation. Join members of our Speech Committee to discuss ways to enhance your speeches with digital media and humor. 

4pm Policy Debate Seminar

Exploring the Policy Resolution Is our current energy policy sufficient for the future? Dive into this year's resolution as we discuss the history, the current status, and the future of energy regulation. Discover a framework that will guide your reading and research endeavors.

Wednesday, August 14

10am General Seminar

Coaching Tomorrow's Leaders A good coach can change a game. A great coach can change a life. Learn effective strategies to inspire and challenge your students.

12pm Value Debate Seminar

Constructing Sound Arguments What's your point? How can you prove it? Why should I care? Join us as we discuss the essentials of constructing sound arguments in Value Debate.

2pm Speech Seminar

Designing Dynamic Speeches A great speech is more than spoken words. It builds a bridge, engages the mind, and awakens the soul. Join us as we discuss compelling content, solid structure, and dynamic delivery.

4pm Policy Debate Seminar

Constructing Sound Arguments What's your point? How can you prove it? Why should I care? Join us as we discuss the essentials of constructing sound arguments in Policy Debate.

Thursday, August 15

10am General Seminar

Providing Meaningful Feedback The most frustrating ballot a student can receive: superior, superior, superior...5th and below. Join us as we discuss feedback that fuels growth.

12pm Value Debate Seminar

Evaluating The Philosophy of War Is preventive war ethical? Philosophers and politicians have debated this question for centuries. Join an expert as we dig deeper into our value debate topic.

2pm Speech Seminar

Changing Lives One Story at a Time What makes a story memorable? entertaining? life-changing? - Which scenes best create a compelling plot? - How do transitions affect the flow? - How do I use my 150 added words to impact the story?

4pm Policy Debate Seminar

Evaluating the Implications of Energy Policy Is our current energy policy sufficient to "fuel" the next generation? Join an expert as we dig deeper into our policy debate topic. 

Friday, August 16

10am General Seminar

Getting the Most Out of Tournaments Tournaments provide learning and leadership opportunities for the whole family. Join us as we discuss what to expect and how to engage.  

12pm General Seminar

Exercising Integrity in Every Situation Who you are often speaks louder than what you say. Join us as we discuss the importance of integrity in academics, in communication, and in life.  

2pm Speech Seminar

Bringing Literature to Life Blocking and characterization bring literature to life. Join us as we discuss how to portray vivid settings and convincing characters that engage the imagination and awaken the soul. 

4pm Moot Court Seminar

Preparing for Moot Court Moot Court invites students to draft and defend their oral arguments as they convince the judge panel to either uphold or overturn a lower court's ruling. Join us as we review the basics and explore the 2020 issues.  

About Your Online Summit Host

NCFCA’s mission is to train Christian students to think critically and communicate effectively so that they can address life issues from a biblical worldview in a manner that glorifies God. We leverage the opportunity for reward in competition to drive the end goal of equipping young people who know God and can share His love to a lost and dying world.

This value packed training is FREE and includes: 

  • Clear direction on the vision and mission of NCFCA
  • Practical tips for coaches, club leaders, and administrators
  • Actionable instruction for speech and debate students
  • Live online audience Q&A at the end of each presentation
  • Giveaways and discounts
  • Digital handouts, bonus downloads, and replay links

What people are saying about NCFCA:


“To me, the NCFCA is one of the most important organizations on the planet. When I attend an NCFCA event and experience the excellence of the teenage competitors as well as the superb work being done behind the scenes by parents and volunteers, my hope for the future is restored.” (Andrew Pudewa, Founder, Institute for Excellence in Writing)

“We worked hard since September in preparation for something we could not have really understood until actually experiencing it. The (NCFCA competition) experience was really, truly amazing! My son who was only complying to attend was sold on NCFCA and wanted to be involved next year by half way through the event. All leadership and helpers were wonderful. We were so very impressed.” (2019 NCFCA Parent, Olympia, WA)

“NCFCA has prepared me to be bold in communicating what I believe, while doing so in a winsome and loving way. I know that the skills learned through this organization will be invaluable as I pursue life in the public square.” (NCFCA Alumnus, Benjamin Mueller)


“What if I can't attend the live seminars, but still want to participate in the Online Summit?”

You don't have to be present for the live online seminars to get all the benefits from this intensive training. Enroll and watch the replay videos at your convenience - you'll receive the seminar links via email, along with our digital handouts, and bonus downloads. We know your life is busy and we designed this content to be accessible within your schedule! 

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Special thanks to our co-host: The University of Northwestern St. Paul

2019 Christian Speech and Debate

Prepare to launch your season, level-up your skills, and lead your students to God-centered success!

AUGUST 12-16 10am to 5:15pm

JOIN THE SUMMIT

Can't attend live? No worries! Sign up to receive course materials and video replay links via email.

Embracing the Mission

Live Online Event • Monday, Aug 12th • 10am CT

Our mission is more than mere words. It's the purpose that motivates everything we do. Our goal is not to train up gifted communicators who can entertain an audience but rather to train up godly communicators who stand firm in truth and point others to Christ. Join us for a panel discussion and hear the heart behind the league.

40-minute Panel Discussion, Giveaway, and 30-minute Live Q&A

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Chap Bettis: The Disciple-Making Parent, Founder

Building a Firm Foundation for Value Debate

Live Online Event • Monday, Aug 12th • 12pm CT

Value debate challenges students to consider the values that drive our actions. Lay a firm foundation by reviewing the basics and discussing practical tips and tools for the season. 

40-minute Panel Discussion, Giveaway, and 30-minute Live Q&A

Amy Joy Tofte: NCFCA R6 Parent and Director of Education

NCFCA Debate Webinar Series

Christy Shipe: NCFCA Debate Committee, Board of Directors, and Author of Value Curriculum

NCFCA Debate Committee-Ravi Paul

Ravi Paul: NCFCA Debate Committee and Board of Directors 

Brenda Sommers: NCFCA R12 Parent and Debate Coach

Building a Firm Foundation for Speech

Live Online Event • Monday, Aug 12th • 2pm CT

Speech invites students to share a message with an audience. Lay a firm foundation by reviewing the basics, casting a vision, and discussing practical tips and tools for the season.

40-minute Panel Discussion, Giveaway, and 30-minute Live Q&A

Amy Joy Tofte: NCFCA, R6 Parent and Director of Education

Lori Krout: NCFCA, R6 Parent and Speech Coach 

Sharon Mansell: NCFCA, R8 Parent and Speech Coach

Natalia Rosa: NCFCA Alumnus, Director of Marketing

Building a Firm Foundation for Policy Debate

Live Online Event • Monday, Aug 12th • 4pm CT

Policy debate challenges students to consider problems and advocate policies to solve them. Lay a firm foundation by reviewing the basics and discussing practical tips and tools for the season. 

40-minute Panel Discussion, Giveaway, and 30-minute Live Q&A

Amy Joy Tofte: NCFCA R6 Parent and Director of Education

NCFCA Debate Webinar Series

Christy Shipe: NCFCA Debate Committee, Board of Directors, and Author of Value Curriculum

NCFCA Debate Committee-Ravi Paul

Ravi Paul: NCFCA Debate Committee and Board of Directors 

Launching Clubs and Classes

Live Online Event • Tuesday, Aug 13th • 10am CT

Clubs and classes invite students into a collaborative learning adventure. Join veteran club leaders and our Director of Education to discuss effective strategies for assessing interest, building a team, creating a plan, fostering community, and awarding credits.

40-minute Panel Discussion, Giveaway, and 30-minute Live Q&A

Amy Joy Tofte: NCFCA, R6 Parent and Director of Education

Jennifer Sefzik: NCFCA, R2 Parent, Coach, and Club Leader

Hillary Kolssak: NCFCA, R6 Parent, Coach, and Class Leader

Exploring the Value Resolution

Live Online Event • Tuesday, Aug 13th • 12pm CT

Is preventive war ethical? Dive into this year's resolution as we discuss the values that should drive our decisions in relation to war. Discover the philosophical underpinnings that will guide your reading and research endeavors.

40-minute Panel Discussion, Giveaway, and 30-minute Live Q&A

Amy Joy Tofte: NCFCA R6 Parent and Director of Education

NCFCA Debate Webinar Series

Christy Shipe: NCFCA Debate Committee, Board of Directors, and Author of Value Curriculum

Caleb Paul: NCFCA Alumnus

Elliot Paul: NCFCA Alumnus

Diving into New Speech Events

Live Online Event • Tuesday, Aug 13th • 2pm CT

NCFCA is excited to introduce Digital Presentation and Humorous Interpretation. Join members of our Speech Committee to discuss ways to enhance your speeches with digital media and humor. 

40-minute Panel Discussion, Giveaway, and 30-minute Live Q&A

Amy Joy Tofte: NCFCA, R6 Parent and Director of Education

Chrissy Sweetman: NCFCA Director of Forensics

Lori Krout: NCFCA, R6 Parent and Speech Coach 

Cody Dedon: NCFCA Alumnus

Exploring the Policy Resolution

Live Online Event • Tuesday, Aug 13th • 4pm CT

Is our current energy policy sufficient for the future? Dive into this year's resolution as we discuss the history, the current status, and the future of energy regulation. Discover a framework that will guide your reading and research endeavors.

40-minute Presentation, Giveaway, and 30-minute Live Q&A

Amy Joy Tofte: NCFCA R6 Parent and Director of Education

Dan Crane: University of Northwestern St. Paul, Ph.D.  

Coaching Tomorrow's Leaders

Live Online Event • Wednesday, Aug 14th • 10am CT

A good coach can change a game. A great coach can change a life. Learn effective strategies to inspire and challenge your students.

40-minute Panel Discussion, Giveaway, and 30-minute Live Q&A

Amy Joy Tofte: NCFCA, R6 Parent and Director of Education

NCFCA Webinar Series Interpretation

Heather Neumann: R6 Parent, Coach, Founder of Lasting Impact

Natalia Rosa: NCFCA alumnus and Director of Marketing

Constructing Sound Value Arguments

Live Online Event • Wednesday, Aug 14th • 12pm CT

What's your point? How can you prove it? Why should I care? Join us as we discuss the essentials of constructing sound arguments in Value Debate.

40-minute Presentation, Giveaway, and 30-minute Live Q&A

Amy Joy Tofte: NCFCA R6 Parent and Director of Education

NCFCA Debate Webinar Series

Christy Shipe: NCFCA Debate Committee, Board of Directors, and Author of Value Curriculum

NCFCA Debate Committee-Ravi Paul

Ravi Paul: NCFCA Debate Committee and Board of Directors 

Joel Erickson: NCFCA Alumnus and Value Debate Coach

Designing Dynamic Speeches

Live Online Event • Wednesday, Aug 14th • 2pm CT

A great speech is more than spoken words. It builds a bridge, engages the mind, and awakens the soul. Join us as we discuss compelling content, solid structure, and dynamic delivery.

40-minute Presentation, Giveaway, and 30-minute Live Q&A

Amy Joy Tofte: NCFCA R6 Parent and Director of Education

Zach Rosa: NCFCA Alumnus, Co-Founder of CaliberU

Ghena Burson: NCFCA R7 Parent and Coach

Constructing Sound Policy Arguments

Live Online Event • Wednesday, Aug 14th • 4pm CT

What's your point? How can you prove it? Why should I care? Join us as we discuss the essentials of constructing sound arguments in Policy Debate.

40-minute Presentation, Giveaway, and 30-minute Live Q&A

Amy Joy Tofte: NCFCA R6 Parent and Director of Education

Melanie Corley: NCFCA R11 Parent and Debate Coach

Brena Storz: NCFCA R10 Parent and Debate Coach

Providing Meaningful Feedback

Live Online Event • Thursday, Aug 15th • 10am CT

The most frustrating ballot a student can receive: superior, superior, superior...5th and below. Join us as we discuss feedback that fuels growth.

40-minute Panel Discussion, Giveaway, and 30-minute Live Q&A

Amy Joy Tofte: NCFCA, R6 Parent and Director of Education

Diane Cullen: R6 Parent and Coach

NCFCA Webinar Series

Rosa Majors: NCFCA R2 Affiliate

Chrissy Sweetman: NCFCA Director of Forensics

Evaluating the Philosophy of War

Live Online Event • Wednesday, Aug 15th • 12pm CT

Is preventive war ethical? Philosophers and politicians have debated this question for centuries. Join us as we dig deeper into our value debate topic.

40-minute Presentation, Giveaway, and 30-minute Live Q&A

Amy Joy Tofte: NCFCA R6 Parent and Director of Education

NCFCA Webinar Series

Expert Speaker from The King's College: More information coming soon!

Changing Lives One Story at a Time

Live Online Event • Thursday, Aug 15th • 2pm CT

What makes a story memorable, entertaining, thought-provoking, or life-changing? Join us as we discuss how to create, select, or cut compelling stories that leave a lasting impact.

40-minute Panel Discussion, Giveaway, and 30-minute Live Q&A

Amy Joy Tofte: NCFCA, R6 Parent and Director of Education

Kristi Eskelund: R9 Parent and Coach

Julie Romeo: NCFCA R10 Parent and Coach

Evaluating the Implication of Energy Policy

Live Online Event • Thursday, Aug 15th • 4pm CT

Is our current energy policy sufficient to "fuel" the next generation? Join us as we dig deeper into our policy debate topic. 

40-minute Presentation, Giveaway, and 30-minute Live Q&A

Amy Joy Tofte: NCFCA R6 Parent and Director of Education

Dale Gentry: University of Northwestern St. Paul, Ph.D.

Getting the Most out of Tournaments

Live Online Event • Friday, Aug 16th • 10am CT

Tournaments provide learning and leadership opportunities for the whole family. Join us as we discuss what to expect and how to engage.

40-minute Panel Discussion, Giveaway, and 30-minute Live Q&A

Amy Joy Tofte: NCFCA, R6 Parent and Director of Education

Karley Houchin: NCFCA R6 Parent

Exercising Integrity in Every Situation

Live Online Event • Friday, Aug 16th • 12pm CT

Who you are often speaks louder than what you say. Join us as we discuss the importance of integrity in academics, in communication, and in life. 

40-minute Presentation, Giveaway, and 30-minute Live Q&A

Amy Joy Tofte: NCFCA R6 Parent and Director of Education

Ann Langdon: NCFCA Parent and Board of Directors

Sharon Mansell: NCFCA R8 Parent and Coach

Kelly Wing: HSLDA Online Academy Professor, MA in Education

Bringing Literature to Life

Live Online Event • Friday, Aug 16th • 2pm CT

Blocking and characterization bring literature to life. Join us as we discuss how to portray vivid settings and convincing characters that engage the imagination and awaken the soul.

40-minute Panel Discussion, Giveaway, and 30-minute Live Q&A

Amy Joy Tofte: NCFCA, R6 Parent and Director of Education

Kristi Eskelund: R9 Parent and Coach

NCFCA Webinar Series

Cindy Springer: R6 Parent and Coach

Preparing for Moot Court

Live Online Event • Friday, Aug 16th • 4pm CT

Moot Court invites students to draft and defend their oral arguments as they convince the judge panel to either uphold or overturn a lower court's ruling. Join us as we review the basics and explore the 2020 issues.

40-minute Presentation, Giveaway, and 30-minute Live Q&A

Amy Joy Tofte: NCFCA R6 Parent and Director of Education

NCFCA Webinar Series

Benjamin Crosby: PHC Student, Collegiate Moot Court

NCFCA Webinar Series

Matthew Donnelly: PHC Student, Collegiate Moot Court

Maria Gerber: Attorney, NCFCA R8 Parent