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Welcome to Quo Vadis Speech & Debate Club!

Our mission statement: Provide an opportunity for students to develop skills in public speaking and debate so that they can communicate effectively in a manner that glorifies God.


     Dana & Adela Gottfried ([email protected] and [email protected])


CLUB REGISTRATION:  OPENS:  April 16, 2022.  CLOSES:  July 16, 2022.  No late registrations. We ask that the family's oldest child be at least 12 by 9/1/22 to join.  


For Fall 2022, we will meet on Mondays from 10:30am - 2:30pm, August 22 - December 12 (no class on Labor Day and November 21).

We meet at Kossuth Street Baptist at 2901 Kossuth St, Lafayette, IN 47904

We have a variety of activities for the whole family to work on communication skills.

Visitors are always welcome!

Schedule for Fall 2022

  10:30am-12:00pm 12:00-12:30pm 12:30-1:30pm 1:30-2:30pm
4-8 yr old Beginners Speech   GYM Play Time
9-11 yr old Junior Speech LUNCH GYM/Pre Debate Play Time
12- up Speech   TP/LD Debate


On the morning of our club meeting on December 5, 2022, we will have a special round robin event where all our speech students will present their speeches twice to parent judges. This will start earlier than our normal club meeting, at 8:00am.  And it will be held at our usual club location, Kossuth Street Baptist Church. 

The TP/LD Debate students are required to participate in a special one-day practice tournament on Saturday, December 10, 2022, at Dayton United Methodist Church, 7201 Wesleyan Dr, Dayton, IN 47941.  This will be an all-day tournament running from 8am to 7pm.  For this tournament, which is organized by our club, we require the participation of at least one parent from each family and their students for the whole day.



"My participation in Quo Vadis provided me with a solid foundation for excelling at both speech and debate. Initially, when I started, I did not know the first thing about speech or debate, but that soon changed. During my first year of participation, I received an informative introduction, but after multiple years, I began to refine my communication skills. Interactive and fun speech classes taught me how to write and present various types of speech. Similarly, debate instructed me in how to research, think critically, and present arguments with integrity. I would highly recommend joining Quo Vadis!"

                                                                                                                                              -- Matthias Todd, 2022 HS graduate


"Quo Vadis speech and debate was a formative experience that taught me to think logically and communicate clearly and confidently. Not only did debate become my favorite hobby in high school, but it also prepared me for life after high school. I cannot number the times that speech and debate skills carried me through a class presentation or helped me to engage with different people who had different ideas. Quo Vadis will equip you with powerful communication tools to use for God’s glory!"

                                                                                                                                           -- Josiah Gottfried, 2019 HS graduate


"Throughout my time in Quo Vadis Speech and Debate Club, I learned and refined my communication skills, which will and already has had a profound impact on my life. By participating in their debate program, I was taught how to research policy proposals, how to think critically, for both my opponent’s arguments as well as my own, and how to clearly, effectively, and persuasively communicate ideas and arguments. In my time in their speech program, I was directed how to write and present a speech that would either inform or persuade. I also had fun learning how to act out and bring to life well known stories through their interp speech class. Overall, my time in Quo Vadis Speech and Debate Club has been a fun mix of gaining skills to equip me for my future and having fun hanging out with other local homeschoolers." 

                                                                                                                                           -- Noah Todd, 2022 HS graduate



Below is information about Quo Vadis that you need to know. BEFORE YOU REGISTER please read all the way to the end. This information will help you decide the classes that are the best fit for your child and help there to be less confusion on the first day of club. THANK YOU!

FEES TO JOIN:  $30 PER FAMILY for operating expenses, plus $10 per student who is in the TP or LD debate class (not pre-debate).  This additional $10/student fee is for the practice debate tournament to be held on Saturday, December 10, 2022.  Please pay the first week of club.

 MANDATORY Requirements:

  • Parents and students attend the club faithfully and children come ready to participate!
  • Check your email faithfully.
  • Read and agree to our Statement of Commitment and Statement of Commitment to Biblical Conflict Resolution. (Found below)
  • Read and understand our Statement of Faith (Found below)

Expectations & Philosophy:

· This is a club for families who are serious about developing effective communicators.  This is NOT just a speech class.  While you can give high school speech credit after your child completes our club season, you will be frustrated if you come into the club expecting a speech class.  The club time will be used primarily for practice and critiquing.  While some instructions will take place, the majority of the time students will be speaking, doing activities, or watching other speeches.  Debate will be more of a traditional classroom setting through about 1/2 of the semester.  About halfway through, class debates will begin.  However, even in the classroom in debate, the lecture is supplemented with activities.

· Your oldest child attending club should be at least 12 by September 1 of the current school year.

· Club members can be in speech and/or debate.  

· At least one parent must be in club with their student(s) the entire time their student(s) are there. Students do well when their parent comes to club and learns with them.  If you have an extenuating circumstance that makes this difficult, please contact us to discuss this before signing up. Do not sign up if you cannot commit to being there with your student(s).

· Since this is a club, we will be working very hard to build teamwork and a feeling of belonging.  More experienced students will assist newer students.

· This club is a Christian communicators’ club.  Please know that all leadership and teachers (including students who are in a coaching position) must sign their agreement with our Statement of Faith. Also, all teaching will be with the goal to develop effective communicators for the cause of Christ, not just polished speakers.

· As a club, we will encourage competition by attending NCFCA tournaments, which begin in January each year and run through June.  Competition is not an end of itself, but it is a VERY effective tool to develop skills.  Of course, whether a student competes at tournaments must be for the parents to decide.

 · If there is child care available, parents may be asked to help with the supervision of the little ones.  We rotate through this responsibility.  However, the goal is for parents to be with their students as much as possible.



BEGINNER: Ages 4 – 8:   Provides a fun way for younger students to become comfortable speaking using games, show and-tell, and other fun activities.

JUNIOR SPEECH: Ages 9 – 12:  Focuses on becoming comfortable with short speeches. Students are taught about the basics of a well written speech.

SPEECH 1: Ages 12 & 13 - an introduction to speaking that will require students to prepare small assignments before attendance each week. These will include written work and short speaking assignments early in the semester and longer ones later. 

 SPEECH 2: Ages 14 & up (For 14 yr old and older students new to speech or those graduating from SPEECH 1) SPEECH 2 focuses on speech basics – choosing subjects, outlining, and basic presentation skills including posture, gestures, and expression. Students will be expected to complete assigned work prior to attending each week. This work is likely to include not only written work and speech practice but also watching specific speeches posted on the Internet. Less experienced students will be paired with more experienced ones to facilitate learning during class. Each student will receive a binder that includes a syllabus, class materials, and space for them to organize their assignments.

 SPEECH 3: Ages 14 & up (For students who have completed SPEECH 2) – SPEECH 3 students will focus on becoming a polished and more advanced speaker. Each student will mentor a beginning student; each advanced student will be responsible for helping, encouraging their speech partner. Come willing to be an example not simply a student. 

 Student Coaches (Students who have been completed 2 years of QV & by invitation only) Student coaches will be STRONGLY encouraged to participate in the weekly speaking assignments, but won’t be required to do them, especially if they are working on special speeches assigned them. The student coaches will be presenting the various kinds of competition speeches for the first time speakers. They will also help coach the newer speakers and each other in speeches during club time.

Speech Materials

JUNIOR SPEECH and SPEECH 1:  We’ll be using a required curriculum written just for this age group and just for Quo Vadis! Each student will receive a syllabus and class materials. Please provide binder for them to organize their assignments.

 SPEECH 2 and 3: Ages 14 & up – TBD

Click HERE to see examples of types of speeches the 12yr old and up will be writing/giving.  (The link takes you to the NCFCA page.)



Pre-debate Group

Instructor:  Terryn Lindemann

If your child is 11 or 12 (or 13 and the idea of debate is overwhelming), then your child might benefit from joining this group.  This fun group will stress learning logic and research skills and take part in light-hearted debates on subjects students of this age will enjoy.  This is a prep course for taking debate in the future and will do some joint activities with the older debaters to acquaint them with the world of competitive debate. The Pre-debate group will use The Fallacy Detective by Hans Bluedorn. This book is required and can be purchased from for around $17.

Team Policy (TP) Debate

Instructor: James Labadorf

During a round of Team Policy Debate, a team of two debaters will advocate the resolution by proposing a specific plan to accomplish the goal stated in the resolution while another team of two debaters will oppose the topic. Public policy debate is about matters of public policy such as might be debated in a legislative setting or a community meeting. A winning debate team will clearly present a problem and provide a plan to solve this problem. (or clearly show that what their opponents presented isn't a significant problem or that their plan will not solve the problem). Everything in debate must be backed by reliable evidence. Definitions of terms are often important.  

Novice debate and advanced debate: Once the novice debaters have covered all of the material, they will begin debating during club time. We also will write a complete debate case in class together. Often we will pair a novice with an experienced debater. Please don’t be hesitant to debate because you don’t know who your partner would be. People can pair up differently for different club debates and tournaments. Debaters should plan on spending 30 minutes a day to prepare for the weekly club meetings. Please also know that there is a mandatory evidence sharing ring for all policy debaters. 

THE PRESENT NCFCA Team Policy Debate Resolution (2021-2022): Resolved:  The United States Federal Government should significantly reform its policies regarding convicted prisoners under federal jurisdiction.

NEXT SEASON'S NCFCA Team Policy Debate Resolution (2022-2023): Resolved: The United States Federal Government should significantly reform its import and/or export policy within the bounds of international trade.

Lincoln Douglas (LD) Debate

Instructor: Sue Dykstal

Lincoln-Douglas debate resolutions are constructed to create a clash of competing values rather than the adoption of a specific policy. This is an individual (vs. team) event. Instead of presenting and solving a specific problem, as is done in policy debate, LD debate deals with valuing one concept over another concept. A winning participant may present evidence but (s)he will define his/her value, present its major premises, and give justification to convince the judge that their value should be given precedence over the opponent's value.

THE PRESENT NCFCA Lincoln Douglas Resolution (2021-2022): Resolved:  In the context of innovation, the proactionary principle ought to be valued above the precautionary principle.

NEXT SEASON'S NCFCA Lincoln Douglas Resolution (2022-2023): Resolved: The individual right to property ought to be valued above the economic interest of the community.

The coach’s personal recommendation is that LD debate should be for debaters who have had at least 2 years of policy debate or for older students (16 or older).  Younger students may be successful if they:

1) understand basic argument structure, 2) are well-versed in history/social studies and government, 3) have practiced identifying logic and lack thereof and 4) can think abstractly.

Mrs. Dykstal recommends the following for LDers:

Lincoln-Douglas Debate by Seth Halvorson and Cherian Koshy at   is a document online that may be legally printed for educational use.  Students should read this in preparation for our first meeting.

Additional Debate Sources – The NCFCA provides samples cases for Team Policy and Lincoln Douglas Value Debate in documents they call source books. These materials can be downloaded after affiliating (purchasing a membership) in NCFCA. These are highly useful for novice debaters and give experienced debaters ideas for cases.



Our students' speeches will be judged in-club, during a special club meeting on the morning of Monday, December 5.  We'll start early that day at 8:00am.  Each student will present their speech twice and will receive feedback from parent judges.

Our debate students will have a practice tournament organized by our club on Saturday, December 10, 8am - 7pm.  Homeschool debate students from other clubs around the Midwest will be attending our tournament.  Participation in this practice tournament is required for all students who are taking the TP debate class or LD debate class.  At least one parent from each family with a debate student will need to participate fully in this tournament all day in support roles of organizing and/or judging.  Our QV practice tournament will be held at Dayton United Methodist Church, 7201 Wesleyan Dr, Dayton, IN 47941.

Besides the above two practice events, we encourage our students to compete in tournaments organized by a national league called National Christian Forensic and Communications Association (NCFCA). Students must be 12 years old by September 1 of the school year to be regular competitors in  tournaments for the next season that runs from January through June.  However, most of these three-day tournaments have special one-day, add-on speech events for children younger than 12. Competitors must be members of NCFCA to compete in these tournaments.

These NCFCA tournaments are highly recommended because there's nothing like being judged to encourage students to strive for excellence. Finally, tournaments are fun. Students make homeschooled friends from around the Midwest.




Statement of Commitment: 

I realize that Quo Vadis is a club that requires active participation on the part of all members for the benefit of individual students and the group as a whole and accept responsibility for that participation from my family.

PLEASE - do not register your family if you won’t make it a priority to regularly attend and have your students do their homework. 


Statement of Commitment to Biblical Conflict Resolution:

While we don’t expect to be rife with conflict, we do know that because we are a group of sinners, there will be conflict. Since our goal is to become effective communicators for Christ, we think it is imperative that we handle all communication in a way that will glorify God. Conflicts can make this seem impossible. We ask all club families to commit to the following conflict resolution:

As people reconciled to God by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, we believe that we are called to respond to conflict in a way that is remarkably different from the way the world deals with conflict.1 We also believe that conflict provides opportunities to glorify God, serve other people, and grow to be like Christ.2

Therefore, in response to God's love and in reliance on his grace, we commit ourselves to respond to conflict according to the following principles: 

Glorify God — Instead of focusing on our own desires or dwelling on what others may do, we will rejoice in the Lord and bring him praise by depending on his forgiveness, wisdom, power, and love, as we seek to faithfully obey his commands and maintain a loving, merciful, and forgiving attitude.3

Get the Log out of Your Eye — Instead of blaming others for a conflict or resisting correction, we will trust in God's mercy and take responsibility for our own contribution to conflicts—confessing our sins to those we have wronged, asking God to help us change any attitudes and habits that lead to conflict, and seeking to repair any harm we have caused.4

Gently Restore — Instead of pretending that conflict doesn't exist or talking about others behind their backs, we will overlook minor offenses or we will talk personally and graciously with those whose offenses seem too serious to overlook, seeking to restore them rather than condemn them. When a conflict with a Christian brother or sister cannot be resolved in private, we will ask others in the body of Christ to help us settle the matter in a biblical manner.5

Go and be reconciled — Instead of accepting premature compromise or allowing relationships to wither, we will actively pursue genuine peace and reconciliation—forgiving others as God, for Christ's sake, has forgiven us, and seeking just and mutually beneficial solutions to our differences.6

By God's grace, we will apply these principles as a matter of stewardship, realizing that conflict is an assignment, not an accident. We will remember that success in God's eyes is not a matter of specific results, but of faithful, dependent obedience. And we will pray that our service as peacemakers will bring praise to our Lord and lead others to know His infinite love.7


  1. Matt. 5:9; Luke 6:27-36;Gal. 5:19-26.
  2. Rom. 8:28-29;1 Cor. 10:31-11:1; James 1:2-4.
  3. Ps. 37:1-6;Mark 11:25; John 14:15; Rom. 12:17-21;1 Cor. 10:31; Phil. 4:2-9;Col. 3:1-4;James 3:17-18;4:1-3;1 Peter 2:12.
  4. Prov. 28:13; Matt. 7:3-5;Luke 19:8; Col. 3:5-14;1 John 1:8-9.
  5. Prov. 19:11; Matt. 18:15-20;1 Cor. 6:1-8;Gal. 6:1-2;Eph. 4:29; 2 Tim. 2:24-26;James 5:9.
  6. Matt. 5:23-24;6:12; 7:12; Eph. 4:1-3, 32; Phil. 2:3-4.
  7. Matt. 25:14-21;John 13:34-35;Rom. 12:18; 1 Peter 2:19; 4:19.

Adapted from The Peacemaker: A Biblical Guide to Resolving Personal Conflict. © 1997, 2003 by Ken Sande. All Rights Reserved.

By registering for club, you are agreeing that your family has read the conflict resolution and agree to abide by these guidelines.



Agreement with our Statement of Faith is preferred, but not required. However, if you want to teach or have your child coach others, you must agree to the Statement of Faith.

Statement of Faith:

  • The Bible, in the original autographs, is divinely inspired, infallible inerrant, and authoritative in all matters of faith and conduct.
  • God has existed from all eternity in three persons, God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.
  • Jesus Christ was God coming in human flesh, being fully God and fully man, except without sin.
  • All men are in violation of God’s righteous requirements and His holy character by nature and act; and are therefore under His wrath and just condemnation.
  • The central purpose of the coming of Jesus Christ was to pay the penalty of man’s sin through His substitutionary death on the cross – the successful accomplishment of which was attested to by His subsequent visible, bodily resurrection from the dead.
  • Salvation is offered as a gift, free to the sinner.
  • This gift must be responded to in individual faith, not trusting in any personal works whatsoever, but the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ alone.


Congratulations! You made it to the end. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us!


Sorry, registration is closed for the 2022 fall classes

PLEASE - do not register your family if you can’t make it a priority to regularly attend and have your students do their homework.