How WinSome works: 

WinSome 


Students aged 12 - 18 learn and practice analytical and oratorical skills, addressing life issues from a biblical worldview in a manner that glorifies God. 

Worldview
 

Every religion -- and even every secular ideology -- has a worldview. One of the most effective ways to engage with people is to first understand their worldviews. Why? Because worldviews are the framework for how people think and act. 

Understanding worldview is powerful, because research shows that only about nine percent of people are aware of their own worldview. ​

In this class, we learn about six different worldviews: 

  • Christian

  • Islam

  • Secular Humanist

  • Marxist-Leninist

  • Cosmic Humanist

  • Post-Modern

 

For each of these worldviews we examine their answers to ten questions: 

 

  • Theology: Who is God? 

  • Philosophy: What is real?

  • Psychology: What is the nature of man?

  • Biology: What is he origin of life? 

  • Ethics: What is right? What is wrong? 

  • Sociology: How should society be structured? 

  • Law: How do we determine which laws to establish?

  • Politics: Who is in charge? Who makes the laws?

  • Economics: How is money managed? What are the rules?

  • History: How did we get to where we are? Where are we going? 

 

In worldview class, students learn to articulate the "why" behind their Christian worldview, as well as the reasons people without a Christian worldview believe and behave the way they do. The worldview class is a requirement for anyone taking speech, apologetics, or debate. 

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Speech
 

Speech is one of those things many people would rather not study, but it's a requirement for high school graduation in almost every state.  Our speech class gives students easy-to-use tools for writing different kinds of speeches (which also helps when writing essays), as well as speaking techniques for how to best connect with any audience. 

Topics include (but are not limited to): 

  • Speech / essay frameworks

  • Informative speeches

  • Persuasive speeches

  • Impromptu speeches

  • Expository speeches (with visual aids)

  • Interpretive speeches

Speaking skills that students learn include (but are not limited to): 

  • Audience analysis

  • Proper speaking etiquette

  • Eye contact

  • Voice projection / tone / articulation

  • Body language

  • Effective stage movement

Students in WinSome wishing to take apologetics or debate must take the speech class unless a waiver is granted. 

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Apologetics
 

The word "apologetics" comes from the Greek translation of what the Apostle Peter instructed us in 1 Peter 3:15:

 

Always be prepared to give a defense (an apologia) to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.

Unfortunately, some modern apologists are argumentative. At WinSome, we believe that the Peter was advocating a very different tone. In context, Peter said, 

Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble. Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, .... For, “Whoever would love life and see good days must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from deceitful speech. He must turn from evil and do good; he must seek peace and pursue it. ... Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. 

(from 1 Peter 3:8-16)

At WinSome, we take a very logical approach to apologetics. We advocate love and compassion for those who do not know Christ, not a contrarian stance. In other words, being bold enough to speak about God, but doing so in a manner that is "WinSome." 

Topics for the apologics class come from six basic categories: 

  • The existence and nature of God

  • The sufficiency, unity, and uniqueness of Scripture

  • The nature, purpose, and destiny of man

  • Salvation of man

  • The person of Christ

  • Christianity compared to other religions

Bottom line, we teach apologetics as both the science and the art of persuading others to the truth of God's word, done in a loving way. 

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Speech & Debate Coaching

WinSome students compete in speech & debate tournaments. Although we are affiliated with the Stoa league and generally compete in Stoa tournaments, students can also participate in the National Christian Forensics and Communication Association (NCFCA) tournaments.

 

At club meetings, students work on polishing speeches for competition. At debate meetings, debate students build a foundational understanding of the debate resolutions established for that year's competitions. 

Students can compete in 12 different speech categories and Lincoln-Douglas values debate. It is okay -- and even encouraged -- for students to compete in more than one speech category.

Speech: Typically a student works with WinSome leadership to identify speech categories and topics that are of interest to the student. Student then write their speeches with the help of their coaches. Almost all prepared speeches are 10 minute speeches. Coaches and parents help students polish their work, as students will use their speeches throughout an entire speech & debate season (typically October through April). 

Debate: Students develop arguments that both support and oppose the debate resolutions set forth by the Stoa league.  Students must conduct much research and work with their coaches to develop cohesive arguments supported by facts. This is because in competition, preliminary rounds consist of six rounds. Students must argue in favor of the resolution three times and in opposition to the resolution three times. To advance to semi-finals, a student must win at least four of his/her debates.  This forces a student to look at both sides of an issue and build coherent arguments for each side. 

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