NCFCA: Speaking with Truth and Grace

Nov 22, 2016 | Posted by the IEW Blog Team

by Teresa Hudson

As I have been listening to the sea of words swirling around the topic of the election over the past few months, both in person and via the Internet, I am reminded of the incomparable value of teaching our children to think well and then graciously articulate those thoughts in a way that will have a positive impact on others. The friends, family, and co-workers we know—and the politicians, bloggers, commentators, and journalists we don’t know—have sought to sway our opinions with their rhetoric, and many times that rhetoric has been questionable at best. Listening to the cacophony of misinformation, illogical thought, and passionate (but inaccurate) diatribe has caused me once again to be grateful for the skills my children and so many others are learning through the National Christian Forensics and Communications Association (NCFCA).

When I first got involved in NCFCA, I didn’t fully understand the importance of actually teaching my children communication skills. Sure, I knew that it was important to pursue an excellent education, but I didn’t think about the fact that a wonderful education does no good if a child is not equipped with the skills necessary to share what he knows with others in a winsome way. By involving my children in NCFCA competition, they began the process of figuring out how to craft an effective message, develop their delivery, and learn to gauge whether or not the listener is perceiving their message. They learned how to organize and then articulate their thoughts in a way that makes an impression on their audience. They learned the importance, power, and impact of the spoken word. And I began to understand the true value of excellent communication skills.

NCFCA is an organization that is committed to teaching young people how to first think critically, researching and pursuing truth before weighing that information in an effort to make a reasonable determination of the proper and logical position. Then, NCFCA gives opportunity for those same young people to take a stand for that position, communicating their stance in such a way that the listener is drawn to their gracious and articulate presentation. Truly, that is the approach that will be most effective in drawing others to the truth and have the most impact on our culture.

NCFCA offers students a chance to practice speaking and debating through competition. As an organization, we are dedicated to training high school students to address life issues from a biblical worldview in a manner that glorifies God. Ultimately this training prepares our students to impact others for Christ by providing a fertile practice ground and an opportunity for the speaker to receive feedback critical to his development. Over the past few years, it has become apparent that to be highly effective in both the competition arena (the practice field) and in real-life situations, a student needs great training and instruction via the educational arena (the living room, classroom, or club meeting) first. Our students need guidance as they work to prepare their presentations. Out of that realization came the drive to produce a curriculum that would focus on excellence—excellent instruction that would serve to help the student develop excellent content and couple it with excellent delivery in order to achieve excellent and effective communication.


Teresa Hudson served in all of the NCFCA Leadership positions before taking her current position as the President of the Board of Directors at NCFCA.

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