2021 CTS Competition

Each year, the Tennessee State Christian Education Board plans, promotes, and staffs a Bible and fine arts competition for Free Will Baptists students in first through twelfth grades. This event, held each year on the last weekend in April, fulfills the requirements for participants in the national CTS Expo sponsored by Randall House Publications and the Vertical 3 Conference. Contestants in national competition are required to compete in district and state competitions in order to advance to the final round of competition.

The national competitive activities take place each year during the annual Vertical 3 Conference. More than 3,000 Free Will Baptist students from across the nation gather for fast-paced competition, worship services designed for their particular age group, and daily outreach and service activities. Read more >>
Guidelines and other resources for the Bible and fine arts competition can be purchased from Vertical 3.

This year’s Vertical Three Expo (CTS Competition) will be held April 23 and 24 at the DonelsonFellowship Free Will Baptist Church in Nashville, Tennessee. Bible competition will be heldFriday night April 23 starting at 6:00 pm. Music and Arts competition will be held Saturday April 24 starting at 9:00 am.

The TNCE Board expects all districts to hold competition for any competitors that have direct competition. However, if districts have competitors that do not have direct competition at the district level (remember that for Bible memorization two competitors from each grade category may advance to the state), they may send them along directly to the state competition. All registration forms must be sent in by April 8 (send to Calisse Caudill at 3915 Franklin Pk. Nashville, TN 37204).

Due to continuing concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic, the Tennessee Christian Education Board has decided to make some slight changes to our usual event plans for this year only:

  • We will be requiring only competitors who have competition to be present. Those who do not have competition will be passed along to the national competition held in Memphis, Tennessee, without having to be present. As soon as we have all registration forms in, we will publish the program on the TNCE website (www.tncelink.com) so that families can plan appropriately.
  • We ask that at most our competitors bring only coaches, parents, and siblings with them to the competition.
  • Food will not be served on location, but there are many restaurants easily accessible from Donelson Fellowship’s location.
  • There will be no awards ceremony at the end of the competition this year. Winners will be announced on the TNCE website (www.tncelink.com).
  • Lastly, we are asking for each district that competes to help us find judges and volunteers this year when we anticipate that some of our regular assistants will not be joining us. If you would be willing to help in this regard, please contact Phillip Morgan at pmorgan@welch.edu.

Despite the challenges of this year, we encourage your church to take part of this valuable resource for training your young people for ministry in and outside the church. This is a great way for families to gather around the word of God together and strengthen their faith as a familyin spite of the disruptions in our society.

For further information or questions, please contact board chairman Phillip Morgan at pmorgan@welch.edu.