Fox Valley T.A.L.K. Speech and Debate



Truth.         Action.         Logic.        Knowledge.

1. To develop communication/speaking skills that honor God.

Psalms 19:14 “May the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock, and my Redeemer.”
Proverbs 16:23-24 “A wise man’s heart guides his mouth and his lips promote instruction. Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.”

2. To learn how to think critically, logically, and objectively.

3. To learn how to research and organize information and to present and defend ideas persuasively and humbly.

Colossians 4:6 “Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.”

4.  To learn how to use speech skills to communicate God's truth to the world.

I Peter 3:15 “But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give a reason for the hope that you have.  But do this with gentleness and respect.”

5. To learn how to encourage/support others and to hold other club members accountable.

Ephesians 4: 29-32. “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you are sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage, and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one to another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”

6. To learn how to work together with others in a team effort and strive to help each member reach maximum potential in a manner that is God-honoring and worthy of respect.

Philippians 2:3-4 “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. 4. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.”
Proverbs 27:17 “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.

7. To help participants learn how to do things unto the Lord and to the best of their ability.

Colossians 3:23-24 “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward.  It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”  I Corinthians 10: 31 “So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all to the glory of God.”

8. To help experienced students develop leadership skills through mentoring young or inexperienced students.

Matthew 23: 10-11 “Nor are you to be called ‘teacher’ for you have one Teacher, the Christ.  The greatest among you will be your servant.”

I Timothy 4:12 “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.”

9. To prepare students for NCFCA speech tournaments.

10. To help students find ways to use their developed speaking skills in the community.