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[at]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 starting a Bible Drill & Speakers' Tournament program at your church? Are you looking for some resources to start or re-energize your Bible Drill program? Do you need to know how a drill works? Click on the buttons below for a variety of helpful resources.

Youth 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 Thursday after registration closes.

If a speaker continues to the State Drill, manuscripts should be submitted by noon on the Monday before the state finals. 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 2023

  • All Gifts Come from God
  • Beauty Inside Out
  • Being A Servant for God
  • Be Strong in The Lord
  • Character Versus Comfort
  • How Shall They Hear?
  • I Believe The Bible
  • Is Heaven for Real?
  • Salt and Light
  • Multiplying My Gifts
  • My Witness
  • Power From Prayer
  • Prayer Changes Things
  • Saved to Serve
  • The Cost of Being Different
  • Truths For Tough Times
  • Walk The Walk, Talk The Talk
  • What is a Disciple?
  • Wonderfully Made
  • Why I Study The Bible

Important Dates

March 10 or 17 – Suggested CHURCH Bible Drill and Speakers’ Tournament date

March 17 or 24 – Suggested ASSOCIATIONAL Bible Drill and Speakers’ Tournament date

March 17-29 – Online Registration for Children’s STATE and Youth and High School REGIONAL Competitions

April 6 – Children’s State Bible Drill; Youth and High School Regional Bible Drill; and High School Regional Speakers’ Tournament at First Baptist Church, Midland

April 13 – Children’s State Bible Drill; Youth and High School Regional Bible Drill; and High School Regional Speakers’ Tournament at First Baptist Church, Lewisville

April 20 – Children’s State Bible Drill; Youth and High School Regional Bible Drill; and High School Regional Speakers’ Tournament at First Baptist Church, College Station

May 4 – Youth and High School State Bible Drill; and High School State Speakers’ Tournament at First Baptist Church, Allen

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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Bible Drill & Speakers' Tournament is made possible through your generous gifts to the Texas Baptist Missions Foundation.