Status of National Bible Drill

Status of the State and Regional Bible Drill Competitions

The Coronavirus is affecting all of us and we are striving to keep everyone safe. For this year only, we are cancelling the three Children’s State Drills, the Regional Youth Drills and the Regional High School Bible Drill and Speakers’ Tournament that were to be held in College Station, Midland and Irving. Organizing the State High School Drills and Speakers’ Tournament will be determined later, by using the Federal, State and Local recommendations.

Important Dates

Bible Drill

Bible Drill Notification Date:  May 31, 2020
Bible Drill Submission Date:  June 30, 2020

Churches can conduct their own “Regional Drill” for High School drillers using a drill created by Texas Baptists.  For those participating, no bonus points will be awarded.  High School Drillers who score 300 on the Regional Drill can submit their names and be included in the High School Bible Drill 2020 State Winner Perfect “300 Point” Club. Churches who plan to hold a High School Regional Drill must notify us by May 31 through the form linked here.  On June 1, churches who have notified us will receive the drill through email.  Once the drill is conducted, please notify the state office of the drillers who will qualify for the High School Bible Drill State Winner Perfect “300 Point” Club by June 30.  A special certificate that is signed by Texas Baptists Leadership will be mailed to each driller making the State Winner Perfect “300” Club.   

Because of the COVID 19, all participants in Children’s, Youth, and High School Bible Drill and Speakers’ Tournament in 2020 would qualify for 9 consecutive years and be eligible for the Ellen Battles 9-year award. 

If a High School participant was to receive the Ellen Battles 9 Year award this year, the church should contact Sarah Johnson at to notify us of the driller or speakers’ hard work.  The award would be mailed to the church to be presented to the participants.  Please email information by June 30.

Drillers who are Seniors can notify the Baptist University having scholarships available of the accomplishment of obtaining a score of 300.  Universities are considering loosening scholarship policies for Bible Drill, therefore, please check with the university.

Speakers’ Tournament

Speech Notification Date:  May 31, 2020
Speech Video and Manuscript Submission Date: June 30, 2020
Notification of First, Second and Third Place Winners by July 10, 2020

Churches can conduct their own “Regional Drill” for speakers.  Speakers must make a combined score of 85 (average score of 3 judges) on their Regional speech and manuscript to be able to make a submission to Texas Baptists.  Speeches and manuscripts must both be submitted.  

Churches with speakers who plan to participate must submit their speakers' names by May 31 using the Google form linked here.  Speakers will then be sent their assigned number. The speaker’s number should be included on their video submission and identifies the speaker.  

Speeches must be videoed in one sitting. No edited video will be accepted.   It will not be accepted if the video has begun, then restarted. The video must be done one time.

Videos must be uploaded to YouTube according to these instructions, then the link emailed to

At the State level, the speech will also be scored in one sitting.  Judges will not be able to rewind nor restart. It will be scored in one viewing.

Judges will have 10 days to score and notify churches of the outcome of the Speakers’ Tournament.  Speakers’ Tournament will have first, second and third place winners.  

What is Bible Drill/Speakers’ Tournament 2.0? 

A discipleship ministry for children and students to internalize the magnitude of God’s love through scripture memory, Bible skills, and speech preparation, all to respond to life’s situations and strengthen their faith in Christ.


The purpose of Bible Drill 2.0 is to begin to develop memory skills; skills that will teach students to effectively handle the Bible, increase the student’s knowledge of the Bible, and learn how to apply the meaning of the passages to their lives.

If participation in Bible Drill/Speakers’ Tournament is just for scripture memory—we lose.  If we learn scripture without meaning—we lose. If we compete just to win—we lose. We win when we make the scriptures personal, when we are changed and can apply the meaning of scriptures to our lives.

Coordinating Team

This is a team of people from all over Texas who love Bible Drill/Speakers’ Tournament and who desire to see it grow. They are the new backbone of Bible Drill/Speaker’s Tournament.  If you have any questions, please contact the Coordinating Team at

For information on Church and Associational Drills, please contact your church and/or association.


How do I begin?

Need a little help understanding how a drill should run?  Click below for our training video.

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CSB, KJV, and NIV Verses are available. Click below to download.

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LifeWay Children's Bible Skills, Drills, and Thrills NIV Supplement 

Bible Versions

Click below for the Bible versions allowed for 2019-2020.

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Sample Church Drills

For sample association drills, please email

Youth Speakers’ Tournament 

Speakers’ Tournament Written Speech

New Updated Guidelines

Beginning in 2019, each speaker’s written manuscript will be evaluated before the competition for content, form, and grammar. The written speech score will be included in the final score.

Manuscripts of the speeches must use the MLA format and must include either in-text citations or endnotes. Each speech must also include a works-cited page.  For more information about MLA formatting and style, please reference the Dallas Baptist University Writing Center MLA Packet, available here.

Manuscripts should be emailed on the Monday preceding the regional drill and speaker’s tournament weekend to be scored before the tournament.

If a speaker continues to the State Drill, that speech will be kept and scored before the state drill. Scores will be included in the final count.

The scoring will be as following:

  • Manuscript/Written Composition 20%
  • Content 40%
  • Delivery 40%

Topics – Red Cycle 2021

  • Faith Over Fear
  • Where is God in a Crisis?
  • Character Versus Comfort
  • My Witness                
  • Power from Prayer
  • Prayer Changes Things
  • Saved to Serve
  • The Cost of Being Different
  • Truths for Tough Times
  • Wonderfully Made

2020 Calendar

  • March 15: Suggested Church Drill Date
  • March 22: Suggested Associational Drill Date
  • March 22-24: Registration open for State/Regional Online Registrations for College Station
  • March 29-31: Registration open for State/Regional Online Registrations for Midland
  • April 3-4:  State (CH)/Regional (YT/HS) Texas Baptists Bible Drill/Speakers' Tournament (FBC College Station, 2300 Welsh Ave, College Station)
  • April 5-6: Registration open for State/Regional Online Registrations for Irving
  • April 12: Easter
  • April 17-18: State (CH)/Regional (YT/HS) Texas Baptists Bible Drill/Speakers' Tournament (FBC Midland, 2104 W Louisiana, Midland)
  • April 24-25: State (CH)/Regional (YT/HS) Texas Baptists Bible Drill/Speakers' Tournament (FBC Irving, 403 S Main St, Irving)
  • May 2: State Finals for Youth, High School, and Speakers (FBC Carrollton, 1401 Carrollton Pkwy, Carrollton)

Please note that online registration is staggered this year, so make sure you take note of the registration date for your location. Registration for Regionals/State will open on Sunday afternoon at 6:00 pm. It will close on Tuesday at 11:59 pm. 

General Schedule

State (CH)/Regional (YT/HS) BGCT Drills /Speakers’ Tournament


  • 5:00 pm – Registration opens
  • 6:00 pm – Competition begins
  • 9:00 pm – Friday evening awards session


  • 8:00 am – Registration opens
  • 8:30 am – Competition begins
  • 11:30 am – Saturday awards session

Registration Information


Scholarship Information

Four of our Texas Baptist Universities will offer scholarships to the winners of Bible Drill and Speakers Tournament.  These scholarships are offered by the universities themselves, so contact will be made directly to them.

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