When I began my NCFCA journey as a competitor over ten years ago, I was a quiet perfectionist who prepared notes on a 3x5 card before making a phone call. The competition was a transformative experience. Through four years of NCFCA participation, I met my challenge of perfectionism and learned to accept failure as essential to improvement. I grew in grace towards others as I better grasped God’s enduring goodness both in the joy of victory and the sting of defeat. Finally, I began to communicate with confidence believing that God could use my voice to impact others.
That is my story. Your NCFCA story may be similar...or it may be very different!
Regardless, our new tagline emphasizes three components we desire for every student’s transformation story:
Here is a glimpse of what each statement means in practice.
Meet your challenge.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
Effective communication is an essential skill in every walk of life. YOUR challenge is personal. Your challenge might be to gain confidence so that you share your thoughts with others. Your challenge might be to gain critical thinking skills so that you graciously share your faith with your neighbor. Your challenge might be to become a national leader. Whether you fear public speaking or love a rousing debate, NCFCA helps YOU meet YOUR challenge!
Grow in grace.
Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.
Your speech is an outward expression of your identity in Christ. It's not just what you say, but how you say it. While communication begins with mastering your material, it does not end there. As you grow as a Christian communicator, you must learn to present not only persuasively, but also graciously. We must assume full responsibility for our words knowing that speech is a powerful tool that can be used for good or for evil. Repeatedly, the Bible tells us to use our power of communication for good by speaking what is true and by doing so in a way that is gracious, kind, and respectful.
Communicate with confidence.
For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.
By training your mind, finding your voice, and honing your skills, you’ll gain the confidence you need to influence your world for God’s glory. While we reject worldly pride and vanity, we embrace godly confidence. As Christ-followers, we value and pursue excellence through intentional study and practice in order to magnify God in our work. Although many people are afraid to speak or debate publicly, we reflect on God’s repeated command in scripture to, “fear not.” Thus, we build confidence through preparation and find joy in the lifelong journey of growing in wisdom.
We look forward to interacting with this tagline in the upcoming competition season!
If you’re a current competitor, we would love to hear from you. What is your challenge? How are you growing in grace? How are you communicating with confidence? How has NCFCA helped you in this journey? Share your story by sending us an email at Office@NCFCA.org.
Additionally, keep your eyes peeled for exciting reveals and the launch of our refreshed marketing materials at the end of this month! We are excited to publicly announce an updated logo, website, and visual brand that accurately represents our mission to challenge and equip ambassadors for Christ who communicate truth with integrity and grace.