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.

Purpose

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 bibledrill@texasbaptists.org.

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

Resources

How do I begin?

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

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Verses

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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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 – Green Cycle

  • Salvation is Just the Beginning
  • The Authority of the Bible
  • Go Ye into All the World
  • Once Saved Always Saved
  • Jesus, My Guide for Life
  • Created in His Image
  • The Work of the Holy Spirit
  • The Importance of Daily Time with God
  • Called to Serve
  • My Future Belongs to God
  • When Tough Times Hit Home
  • Building Up the Body
  • Faith Versus Works
  • Saved to Serve
  • I Believe in Forever
  • Truths for Tough Times
  • God’s Greatest Gift
  • Practicing the Presence of God
  • Teenagers – The Church of Today



2020 Calendar

  • March 15: Suggested Church Drill
  • March 22: Suggested Association Drill
  • March 22-24: Registration open for state (children) and regional (youth/high school/speakers) events
  • April 3-4: State (ch)/Regional (y/hs) Texas Baptists Bible Drill & Speakers' Tournament (FBC College Station, 2300 Welsh Ave, College Station)
  • April 17-18:  State (ch)/Regional (y/hs) Texas Baptists Bible Drill & Speakers' Tournament (FBC Lubbock, 2201 Broadway, Lubbock)
  • April 24-25:  State (ch)/Regional (y/hs) Texas Baptists Bible Drill & Speakers' Tournament (FBC Irving, 403 S Main St, Irving)
  • May 2: State Bible Drill & Speakers' Tournament (y/hs) (Location TBD)

General Schedule

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

Friday 

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

Saturday

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

Guidelines

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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