2019 National Championship Announcements in Review

Congratulations! The 2018-2019 season culminating with the National Championship is in the books. Nationals was an extraordinary time of celebration, collaboration, and competition. Even if you didn’t attend the tournament, we have published a recording of the Showcase of Excellence on the NCFCA YouTube Channel. Click on this link to view the videos and be inspired by excellent speakers with powerful messages! Continue reading for a recap of exciting announcements for the new season.

The first week of June, hundreds of polished competitors from across the United States gathered on Anderson University‘s beautiful campus in Anderson, South Carolina for one last chance to share the messages they spent the 2018-2019 season preparing.

The tournament began with the Opening Ceremony on Sunday evening. During the Opening Ceremony, the 2019-2020 Debate Resolutions and Speech Events were announced! Read below for more information and let the research begin.

2020 Debate Resolutions Announced

Be sure to read the associated white papers for each style of debate that provide an overview of the philosophical issues underlying each topic. This information will provide you with the intended framework of the resolution. If you’d like to read more about the selection process and specific word changes, please click here. Remember that suggestions for future resolutions are accepted year-round at DebateCommittee@NCFCA.org. To get a head start on preparation for the competition season, register for our 2019 Online Summit event August 12-16 and mark your calendar for the debate tracks!

2020 Speech Events Announced

For the 2020 season, NCFCA will offer ten speech events which are divided into three main categories: PlatformInterpretation, and Limited Preparation Speeches. Each of these categories offers distinct opportunities for students to develop their communication skills. Event rules will be available in the Resource Library on August 1 to provide you with plenty of time to prepare for the competition season. Once you’ve had a chance to review those, send any questions you might have to the Speech Committee at SpeechCommittee@NCFCA.org. To get a head start on preparation for the competition season, register for our 2019 Online Summit event August 12-16 and mark your calendar for the speech track!

Interpretation

Biblical Thematic is an interpretation speech in which the speaker analyzes three or more literature selections, including at least one Scripture selection, and develops a unique, original performance using a visual aid.

Duo is an interpretation speech in which two speakers explore a published literature selection and develop a unique, original performance.

Humorous is an interpretation speech in which the speaker explores a published literature selection and develops a unique, original, and humorous performance.

Open is an interpretation speech in which the speaker explores a published or self-authored literature selection and develops a unique, original performance.

Limited Preparation

Apologetics is a limited preparation speech in which the speaker draws a topic and is given four minutes to prepare a six-minute speech that presents a well-reasoned defense of basic tenets of the Christian faith.

Extemporaneous is a limited preparation speech in which the speaker is assigned a current event topic and given twenty minutes to analyze news and other sources while preparing a seven-minute, evidence-based speech.

Impromptu is a limited preparation speech in which the speaker draws a topic and is given two minutes to prepare a unique and meaningful five-minute speech.

Platform

Digital Presentation is an original platform speech that informs or persuades, accompanied by digital visual aids.

Informative is an original platform speech that explains a significant topic.

Persuasive is an original platform speech that influences the audience to consider a particular point of view or course of action.

2019 Online Summit Announced

Join us for the 2019 Christian Speech and Debate Online Summit August 12-16! 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. Click the button below to view the seminar schedule and register for the live event. Can’t attend the online event live? No worries! Sign up to receive course materials and video replay links via email.