Oak City Baptist Church

2020 Oratorical Contest

DIVISIONS/ Time Allocation/Topics Etc.


 Division 1- Preparatory: (Grades 6th, 7th, 8th)

Contestant must be entering Grades 6 as of July 1, 2020

Time: 3-4 minutes (Please note: Not under 3 minutes and not over 4 minutes)

Division I – Topics:

The Power of Love

Why Jesus Came

 The Attitude of Gratitude

Division II – Junior: (Grades 9th, 10th, 11th)


The Power of a Godly Testimony

Strong Faith-Strong Finish

Time: 4-5 minutes (Not under 4 minutes, but not over 5 minutes)

Division III- Senior

THE CONTESTANT MUST BE A 2021 Graduating Senior.

Seniors who will graduate from High School as of July 1, 2020 ARE NOT ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE

Senior Division Topic: “Glorifying God Through Our Commitment to Christ-Centered Evangelism:

Related Scriptures are Acts 14:21, Matthew 9:35; Romans1:16; and John 14:6

Time: 5-6 minutes: (Not under 5 minutes, but not over 6 minutes)

Oak City Baptist Church
Thank you for participating in the 2020 James F. Wertz Oratorical Contest.
Here’s how to get started:
_______   Choose a Topic
_______   Outline your paper
_______   Organize your speech
________ Write your paper
_______   Memorize your paper
_______   Practice your speech (Watch YOUR TIME!)
  1. Walk with confidence, (I can do this).
  2. Good posture, may use gestures, allow to flow naturally (not overly)
  3. Wear suit and tie, ladies wear modest dress
  4. Don’t wear things that will distract folks
  5. Look pleasant
  6. Adjust the mike before you start
  7. Speak clearly in a controlled tone
  8. Say your topic first, then your greeting
  9. Work in between your time (not under, not over) Preparatory 3-4 minutes,

 Junior 4-5 minutes and Senior 5-6 Minute