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“No Greater Love”
       The Gospel of John

         Central Texas
  Leadership Training for Christ

Reference Manual 2019

       Annual Convention
       April 19-20, 2019
     College Station, Texas
FRONT INSIDE COVER HAS BEEN INTENTIONALLY LEFT BLANK
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Table of Contents

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE ....................................................................................................................................................... 4
CODE OF ETHICS FOR CHURCH COORDINATORS .................................................................................................................... 5
USE OF MATERIALS BY CTLTC.................................................................................................................................................. 5
CONVENTION ETIQUETTE GUIDELINES ................................................................................................................................... 5
ADULT VOLUNTEERS ............................................................................................................................................................... 6
JUDGING & THE PHILOSOPHY OF CTLTC ................................................................................................................................. 8
RULES FOR ALL CHALLENGE EVENTS ............................................................................................................................. 9
BIBLE CLASS TEACHING CHALLENGE ..................................................................................................................................... 10
BIBLE READING CHALLENGE (7-12 Grades)........................................................................................................................... 12
DAILY PRAYER AND BIBLE STUDY CHALLENGE ...................................................................................................................... 14
EVANGELISM CHALLENGE GUIDELINES (9-12 Grades).......................................................................................................... 16
LEADERSHIP CHALLENGE RULES ........................................................................................................................................... 18
SCRIPTURE CHALLENGE RULES ............................................................................................................................................. 20
SERVICE CHALLENGE RULES .................................................................................................................................................. 22
RULES FOR ALL PRE-CONVENTION EVENTS ................................................................................................................ 25
CHRISTIAN BLOG RULES ........................................................................................................................................................ 27
CHRISTIAN FICTION RULES .................................................................................................................................................... 30
MULTIMEDIA PRESENTATION ............................................................................................................................................... 34
POETRY RULES ....................................................................................................................................................................... 38
VIDEO BIBLE DRAMA RULES .................................................................................................................................................. 42
WEB PAGE DESIGN ................................................................................................................................................................ 45
RULES FOR ALL CONVENTION EVENTS ........................................................................................................................ 49
BIBLE BOWL RULES................................................................................................................................................................ 50
BIBLE READING (3-6 Grades) ................................................................................................................................................. 55
BULLETIN BOARD RULES ....................................................................................................................................................... 58
CHILDREN’S BOOK ................................................................................................................................................................. 61
CHORUS ................................................................................................................................................................................. 64
CHRISTIAN ART RULES........................................................................................................................................................... 67
LIVE CHRISTIAN DRAMA RULES (7-12 Grades) ...................................................................................................................... 70
MISSION / OUTREACH DISPLAY RULES (7-12 Grades) .......................................................................................................... 73
PUPPET RULES ....................................................................................................................................................................... 77
SCRAPBOOK RULES ............................................................................................................................................................... 79
SIGNING FOR THE DEAF ........................................................................................................................................................ 83
SONG LEADING RULES .......................................................................................................................................................... 86
SPEECH RULES ....................................................................................................................................................................... 89
SIGN LANGUAGE SONGS                                                                                                                            See website www.CTLTC.net
FORMS                                                                                                                                          See website www.CTLTC.net

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STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
Leadership Training for Christ is an organization designed to stimulate and encourage spiritual, mental, and social
growth among young men and women in grades three through twelve. Its mission is to achieve this growth by
developing skills in leadership, Bible knowledge, and Christian servanthood.

Skill development in each of these areas will be accomplished through participation in a variety of individual and group
events. These events will take place within the context of a wholesome and supportive environment designed for the
purpose of fostering enthusiasm and high achievement among the participants.

                                CODE OF ETHICS FOR CHURCH COORDINATORS
    1. LTC is for the growth and spiritual development of our youth. The CTLTC preparation must be the student’s own
       work. Guidance, resources, and encouragement must be provided so that students can develop their own ideas.
    2. Church Coordinators must place their emphasis on participation and effort rather than on competition and winning.
       Lesser value comes from winning; maximum value comes from hard work and best efforts.
    3. Church Coordinators must emphasize servant leadership. It is not enough to teach public communication skills, but
       additionally, we must model and teach leadership through servanthood.
    4. Church Coordinators must find important and needed areas for our youth leaders to be integrated into the overall
       leadership of the church. Our youth need responsibilities now that give them important roles and contribute to the
       church.

                                           USE OF MATERIALS BY CTLTC
Individual participants retain all ownership of ideas presented as a part of CTLTC events. By submitting their work in any
CTLTC event, the participant authorizes the use of that material (written, audio-taped, video-taped, photographed, digitally
or electronically imaged) by the CTLTC Board of Directors in any way the Board may deem appropriate, including promotion
or fund-raising for Christian leadership training of youth. This use may include books, audio or video tapes, CDs, DVDs,
multi-media presentations, anthologies, or other media.
Copyrighted material received as an entry will not be judged. It will not be accepted for any event and will be returned to the
sender.

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CONVENTION ETIQUETTE GUIDELINES
1. All Church Coordinators are responsible for ensuring that these guidelines are reviewed with each member of their
   group and that each person fully understands what is expected.
2. It is expected that all convention participants will be on their best behavior. Remember that we are guests of the
   hotel and the Convention Center.
3. Always be aware of your noise level in the hallways, foyers, and rooms.
4. Always walk in the corridors and other public places.
5. Allow others plenty of access to public facilities by properly using elevators and corridors.
6. Take special care to protect the hotel, Convention Center, and CTLTC property.
7. Stay on the hotel and Convention Center property unless accompanied by an adult sponsor.
8. Remember, there is a general curfew of 11:30 PM for all convention participants, both Friday and Saturday night.
   This will be strictly enforced by convention and hotel staff. Students must be in their rooms after curfew unless
   accompanied by their adult sponsor.
9. Your CTLTC bracelet serves as your credentials for the convention. It must be worn at all times, during
   convention hours even when you are not currently involved in an event. No one (student, adult or guest)
   will be allowed to enter an event area without a CTLTC bracelet.
10. It is recommended that participants locate the rooms in which they will participate at least 30 minutes prior to the
    starting time of each event.
11. Stay in the event room during the time when students are participating. Each event area will have specific rules
    about entering and exiting the room.
12. The Convention Registration/Information Booth will be staffed until 9:00 PM Friday night and until 4:30 PM Saturday
    afternoon.

                REMEMBER THAT PEOPLE’S IMPRESSIONS OF CHRIST AND HIS CHURCH
                              ARE DIRECTLY AFFECTED BY YOUR BEHAVIOR.
                       CREATE A POSITIVE REFLECTION OF YOUR CONGREGATION,
                                YOUR FAMILY, AND CHRIST BY MAINTAINING
                                       HIGH STANDARDS OF CONDUCT.

                       THE CHURCH COORDINATOR SHOULD COPY THIS PAGE AND
                      GIVE A COPY TO EACH PERSON COMING TO THE CONVENTION

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ADULT VOLUNTEERS
Adult volunteers are crucial to a convention that runs smoothly, is safe, and allows each participant to be encouraged and
uplifted in showcasing his/her talents to glorify God. There are many positions that we need adult volunteers to fill at the
convention. If each congregation will provide the number of volunteers asked, all events will run efficiently and with a
minimum of confusion. It is suggested that your FIRST duty would be to select someone to serve as a Congregational
Volunteer Coordinator and make that name known to:
                                      Current information listed @ http://www.ctltc.net
There are three main functions that volunteers serve at the Convention. We will try to give all volunteers the task they prefer
but do ask that everyone is flexible enough to serve in any of these areas:
    1. Event Monitors: These individuals work with the Event Directors to move participants and observers smoothly
       into and out of the events, help maintain order, and any other functions that the Event Director requires. We need
       one or two monitors for each room of every event.
    2. Event Judges: Volunteer judges are vital to the success of CTLTC. We are not looking for experts in each field
       but rather adults with loving hearts who have the ability to encourage children. Except for Sign Language, NO
       EXPERIENCE IS ANTICIPATED OR REQUIRED. Each Event Director will provide these individuals with ample
       materials and guidance to help them fairly evaluate each participant. Two to four judges are needed for each
       room of each event.
    3. Security or Floor Monitors: These individuals will work with the Security Director to keep the children safe
       and the Convention secure. A congregation may choose to dedicate all of their adult volunteers to this need to
       provide a more coordinated and cohesive effort.
Before registration begins you should have a meeting of all adults that will be attending the Convention. At that meeting you
could invite those who are working with the children or coming to observe, as well as anyone else desiring to volunteer.
Each volunteer is asked to work at least one event for one full timeslot. You might make those folks aware of the
congregation’s responsibilities. Those obligations include:
    1. Determine how many participants your congregation will have in individual convention events (Bible Reading,
       Christian Art, etc). Then look toward providing at least one (1) volunteer per four (4) entrants.
    2. Determine how many teams your congregation will have enrolled in each team event (Puppets, Drama, Chorus,
       etc.). Look to provide at least one (1) additional volunteer for each and every enrolled team. (Please note that Bible
       Bowl requires each team to have an adult scorekeeper. This individual need not be registered as a volunteer.)
    3. Following that, each congregation will need to provide a list of those volunteers to CTLTC Registration no later than
       final registration deadline. They will be registered via the web as are the participants.
    4. Next, each congregation’s event monitors and event judges should receive training in the event for which they
       volunteered, regardless of their preference for monitoring or judging. Please review the rules in the manual and
       download the appropriate information for each event from the “Volunteer Information” section of the CTLTC
       Website.
    5. The day of the convention, each Event Director will have a plan of action concerning his/her event. Therefore, each
       judge and monitor should check in at the volunteers table near the Convention Registration area for final instructions
       and room assignments.
    6. If a volunteer is unable to perform his/her duties, it is each congregation’s responsibility to find a replacement.
”Volunteer Information” is available on the CTLTC Website. This information should be shared not only with all of the
volunteers but also with those working with the children to help them to understand how their event will be judged.
Please remember that your volunteers could also come from people within your congregation who don’t have participants
but want to help. For instance, how about grandparents, deacons, elders, or others who may have moved on from direct
parenting or who have never parented but love (or at least like) children.
College-age students are also welcomed! CTLTC has strong hopes of encouraging former participants to remain active in
the Convention. They are designated as “Torchbearers” and will receive a special welcome and T-shirt. Not only are they
blessed by their own participation and fill a great need, but their presence is a great encouragement to our older participants.

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The Board wishes to thank those of you involved in working to provide volunteers, as well as the volunteers themselves.
We are all part of a larger picture (John 15:4). All the Board’s planning does not work unless everyone does his/her share.
As the EVENT GUIDANCE SHEETS will remind you, we are doing this (LTC) to encourage our young people to use their
talent to glorify God, and your role is vital to that success.

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JUDGING & THE PHILOSOPHY OF CTLTC
PURPOSE:
The purpose of this form is to make your job as a judge easier by informing you of your duties. From this form you will learn
what you are to do, as well as when and how you are to do it.
WHAT YOU HAVE AGREED TO DO:
CTLTC has many activities in which a child can participate. To encourage each participant, CTLTC has his/her efforts
reviewed by older, more knowledgeable Christians, namely you, the event judge. As a judge you are agreeing to provide
positive and constructive feedback, thus helping the young person want to continue in CTLTC. Also you are agreeing NOT
to corrupt this process by either over-emphasizing performance based on your personal criteria for excellence, or by
devaluating achievement with blanket gold awards. Encourage rather than discourage. If your mind is open to the
presentation of each child or group of children, desiring God’s wish that they be motivated, then you will do well.
SO…WHAT DO YOU DO:
                                                           FIRST
You familiarize yourself with the event you have agreed to judge. There is a section dedicated to your event in this manual.
That section should include the technical rules and regulations for that event. You should be familiar with this element.
In the case of convention events, there will be an EVENT GUIDANCE SHEET in the ”Volunteer Information” section of the
CTLTC web page with which you should become familiar. This guidance is from past experience. If you have ideas for
judging that conflict with this information, then you should make your feelings known to the Event Director for that particular
event. Also, you should find an example of a scoring sheet. You should become familiar with this sheet because, in some
cases, you will have a limited amount of time to fill it in.
                                                          SECOND
You should, if possible, visit with some of the young people who are working on the same event and witness what they do,
and how they are taught. This should increase your insight.
                                                           THIRD
Ensure your name is submitted to your Congregational Volunteer Coordinator. The Volunteer Coordinator for your
congregation has the responsibility of submitting your name to CTLTC Registration, but you might make sure it occurs.
                                                          FOURTH
Your next responsibility is to check in at the VOLUNTEER TABLE once you arrive at the Convention Center. At that time
you will receive any last minute instructions concerning your event. Most Event Directors hold an informal meeting BEFORE
the event begins to insure they have sufficient volunteers who know what they’re doing.
                                                           FIFTH
You are to report to your event in plenty of time to discharge your judging duties. You should now be familiar with the event
and what’s expected to insure that the lives of these young people are positively affected. If you are prepared, you will enjoy
this experience, especially if you rely on the Lord to guide you in what you do.
                                                     ONE LAST ITEM
Make sure you give yourself a round of encouragement. Although you may not receive anything else for your efforts, know
that serving others in His name brings blessing on all involved.
                                        ADULT VOLUNTEER REGISTRATION
      Adult Volunteers should register via the web through your Church Coordinator, same as participants.
                       Adult Volunteers should be registered by the final registration deadline.
                                                  http://www.CTLTC.net/

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RULES FOR ALL CHALLENGE EVENTS
1. The local congregation’s event coach or Church Coordinator will coordinate the judging of all Challenge
   Events. Those who judge the work will make every effort to:
    a. Keep the standards high.
    b. Make certain the student completes all work according to the event rules.
    c.   Make certain the student actually performs the work listed.
    d. Make certain this work was done with only a reasonable amount of adult supervision.
    e. Remember these are supposed to be challenges and not “gimmies.”
    f.   Make certain the documentation is legible and understandable.

2. All events should be completed and judged PRIOR to Convention.
3. The Church Coordinator is to submit a single, completed Challenge Submission Form for each Challenge Event to
   Awards by 6:10 PM Friday at Convention. (Challenge Events are not mailed prior to Convention.)
4. Each individual award winner will receive an engraved plate for his/her participant’s plaque.
5. Awards will be placed in congregational packets to be picked up by the Church Coordinator at the end of
   Convention.
6. Participants must be registered in their respective events and send in the registration fee to Registration on or
   before the registration deadline, whether they will be attending the CTLTC Convention or not.
7. Church Coordinators will have until two weeks after the Convention to apply for awards, corrections, or updates.
   Any awards needed after this deadline will have to be secured by the Church Coordinator from a local business.
    Note: Requests for missing awards can be made using the link on the CTLTC website (current information listed
    @ http://www.ctltc.net)

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BIBLE CLASS TEACHING CHALLENGE
PURPOSE:      To encourage young people to develop creative teaching skills.
PROCESS:
  Each participant shall:
  -   Complete Bible Class Teaching requirements by Convention
  The Church Coordinator shall:
  -   Read and follow Rules for All Challenge Events at the beginning of this section.
  -   Register each challenge participant by grade division by Registration Deadline.
  -   Submit all Bible Class Teaching Challenge entries on the Bible Class Teaching Challenge Submission Form to
      Awards at Convention by 6:10 PM on Friday.
RULES:
  1. Participants must complete all of the criteria listed beside the award in order to receive the award.
  2. Participants may teach in a variety of situations such as VBS, Day Camp, Children’s Worship Services, or Bible
     Class.
  3. Participants may have an assistant teacher in the class on the occasions when they teach.
AWARDS:
  There will be three levels of recognition:
  Gold:
  -   Tour the teachers supply room of your church with a knowledgeable adult. The student should receive the necessary
      instruction on how to use all teaching equipment.
  -   Assist Bible Class teacher in teaching one lesson.
  -   Plan a series of at least three (3) lessons.
  -   Teach the three (3) lessons that you developed to the same class on three (3) occasions.
  -   Type or neatly write a report of 300 words or less explaining the personal benefit gained by the participant.
  Silver:
  -   Tour the teachers supply room of your church with a knowledgeable adult. The student should receive the necessary
      instruction on how to use all teaching equipment.
  -   Assist Bible Class teacher in teaching one lesson.
  -   Participate in the planning of two (2) lessons with a Bible Class teacher.
  -   Teach a Bible Class on two (2) occasions. (This may be the same class or a different class.)
  -   Type or neatly write a report of 300 words or less explaining the personal benefit gained by the participant.
  Bronze:
  -   Tour the teachers supply room of your church with a knowledgeable adult. The student should receive the necessary
      instruction on how to use all teaching equipment.
  -   Assist Bible Class teacher in teaching one lesson.
  -   Participate in the planning of one (1) lesson with a Bible Class teacher.
  -   Teach a Bible Class on one (1) occasion.
  -   Type or neatly write a report of 300 words or less explaining the personal benefit gained by the participant.

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Bible Class Teaching Challenge
                        Challenge Event Submission Forms
     (Submit one form per congregation to Awards by 6:10 PM Friday at Convention)

              Church Name:________________ Church Number:_________
                           City:   _________________________

                        Name                                                Award
1                                                                    G          S   B
2                                                                    G          S   B
3                                                                    G          S   B
4                                                                    G          S   B
5                                                                    G          S   B
6                                                                    G          S   B
7                                                                    G          S   B
8                                                                    G          S   B
9                                                                    G          S   B
10                                                                   G          S   B
11                                                                   G          S   B
12                                                                   G          S   B
13                                                                   G          S   B
14                                                                   G          S   B
15                                                                   G          S   B
16                                                                   G          S   B
17                                                                   G          S   B
18                                                                   G          S   B
19                                                                   G          S   B
20                                                                   G          S   B
21                                                                   G          S   B
22                                                                   G          S   B
23                                                                   G          S   B
24                                                                   G          S   B
25                                                                   G          S   B
26                                                                   G          S   B
27                                                                   G          S   B
28                                                                   G          S   B
29                                                                   G          S   B
30                                                                   G          S   B
      Total

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BIBLE READING CHALLENGE (7-12 Grades)
PURPOSE:          To provide an opportunity for young people to develop skills through the oral reading of the Scripture.
PROCESS:
      This event will be for grades 7-12. (Grades 3-6 will participate as a Convention Event. See Convention Event Rules in
      the Convention section of this manual.) (Grades 3-6 may participate as a Challenge Event, following the 7-12 rules, if
      scheduling prevents participation in another Convention Event.)
      Each participant shall:
  -      Choose a reading from Old or New Testament. (Due to the format in which the Challenge readings will take place,
         the Challenge scriptures are not required to relate to this year’s theme.)
  -      Choose reading from a standard translation, no paraphrases.
      The Church Coordinator shall:
  -      Read and follow Rules for All Challenge Events at the beginning of this section.
  -      Properly register each participant.
  -      Submit all Bible Reading Challenge entries on the Bible Reading Challenge Submission Form to Awards at
         Convention by 6:10 PM on Friday.
RULES:
General:
      1. Each participant is required to give a brief introduction.
      2. Each participant should not attempt to explain or interpret the passages.
      3. Each participant should place major emphasis on the actual Bible reading and not on prepared statements.
      4. Each participant shall not exceed 20 seconds for the identification of the passage, the translation, and the setting
         of the passage.
Bible Reading:
      1. The participant shall read before a group of people in a public setting such as: College-Age Bible Class, Adult Bible
         Class, Ladies’ Class, Small Group of Adults, or Worship Assembly as appropriate. If the size of your group makes
         this difficult, readings can be done in front of one or two people. The aim is to train young people in scripture reading.
         Conduct your approach based on what works best for your group.
      2. Although Challenge participants will not read before a judge, they should remember that they are leading others in
         the reading of God’s Word. The judging criteria used for the Convention participants should reflect the goals for the
         Challenge participants.
      3. Participants need to know their areas of excellence and improvement, but no more than 2 areas of improvement
         should be mentioned.
      4. The length of the reading, due to the format in which the Challenge reading will take place, will vary. The entire
         presentation of the introduction and scripture reading is not to be less than one minute in length and not over two
         and a half minutes. Each reading shall be from a different passage.

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JUDGING CRITERIA:
  -   Poise: Proper poise while reading, i.e. composure, self-confidence.
  -   Posture: Proper posture while reading. One should stand straight with both feet firmly on the floor. Any movement
      done should be to emphasize a point.
  -   Voice Tone: The proper voice tone.
  -   Voice Volume: The proper voice volume. Can the speaker be heard clearly in relationship to the room size and
      audience?
  -   Rate and Flow: Does the reading flow well?
  -   Articulation and Enunciation: Proper articulation and enunciation. Are the words pronounced clearly and
      distinctly?
  -   Eye Contact: Proper gestures and eye contact. To give emphasis to the reading, does the reader have the ability
      to look away from his text and look at the audience?
  -   Introduction to the Passage: The effectiveness of the participants in: (1) the identification of the passage, (2)
      the translation, and (3) the setting of the passage. The identification and introduction should not exceed 20 seconds
      of the total time.
  -   Reading Time: The entire presentation of the introduction and scripture reading is not to be less than one minute,
      nor more than two minutes in length, including the introduction.
  -   Overall Impression: The overall impression of the reader and reading. This will include appropriate dress.
AWARDS:
  There will be three levels of recognition based on completed activities:
  Gold:       Six (6) public readings
  Silver:     Four (4) public readings
  Bronze:     Two (2) public readings

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BIBLE READING CHALLENGE (7-12 Grades)
                        Challenge Event Submission Forms
     (Submit one form per congregation to Awards by 6:10 PM Friday at Convention)

              Church Name:________________ Church Number:_________
                           City:   _________________________

                        Name                                                Award
1                                                                    G          S   B
2                                                                    G          S   B
3                                                                    G          S   B
4                                                                    G          S   B
5                                                                    G          S   B
6                                                                    G          S   B
7                                                                    G          S   B
8                                                                    G          S   B
9                                                                    G          S   B
10                                                                   G          S   B
11                                                                   G          S   B
12                                                                   G          S   B
13                                                                   G          S   B
14                                                                   G          S   B
15                                                                   G          S   B
16                                                                   G          S   B
17                                                                   G          S   B
18                                                                   G          S   B
19                                                                   G          S   B
20                                                                   G          S   B
21                                                                   G          S   B
22                                                                   G          S   B
23                                                                   G          S   B
24                                                                   G          S   B
25                                                                   G          S   B
26                                                                   G          S   B
27                                                                   G          S   B
28                                                                   G          S   B
29                                                                   G          S   B
30                                                                   G          S   B
      Total

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DAILY PRAYER AND BIBLE STUDY CHALLENGE
PURPOSE:      To exercise the spiritual man in Bible study, prayer, demonstrating concerns for others, and active
              participation with the church leadership. This effort will afford each participant with an incredible sense of
              calling and ministry.
PROCESS:
  Each participant shall:
  -   Complete activities by Convention.
  The Church Coordinator shall:
  -   Read and follow Rules for All Challenge Events at the beginning of this section.
  -   Be sure that each participant has a copy of the rules very early in the year.
  -   Monitor participants to confirm that they are following the rules.
  -   Provide opportunities for communication between students and church leaders.
  -   Register each Challenge participant by grade division by Registration Deadline.
  -   Submit all Daily Prayer and Bible Study Challenge entries on the Daily Prayer and Bible Study Challenge
      Submission Form to Awards at Convention by 6:10 PM on Friday.
RULES:
  1. Each participant is responsible for reading the books as specified below for a gold, silver, or bronze medal.
  2. Each participant must maintain a prayer journal and/or study diary. (A journal form is included for participant’s
     convenience.)
  3. Each participant should meet with the leadership of his congregation a minimum of 6 times a year to share prayer
     concerns and celebrations, as well as to spend some time in prayer. The Certification form should be signed at
     each of these meetings.
  4. The Church Coordinator will verify the participant has completed the activities. These can be confirmed by parents
     or other adults who have knowledge of the activities completed.
AWARDS:
  There will be three levels of recognition based on completed activities:
  Gold:       Entire New Testament
  Silver:     Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts, Romans, I & II Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians,
              Colossians, I & II Thessalonians, I & II Timothy, Titus, and Philemon
  Bronze:     Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, and Acts

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DAILY PRAYER AND BIBLE STUDY CHALLENGE
                        Challenge Event Submission Forms
     (Submit one form per congregation to Awards by 6:10 PM Friday at Convention)

              Church Name:________________ Church Number:_________
                           City:   _________________________

                        Name                                                Award
1                                                                    G          S   B
2                                                                    G          S   B
3                                                                    G          S   B
4                                                                    G          S   B
5                                                                    G          S   B
6                                                                    G          S   B
7                                                                    G          S   B
8                                                                    G          S   B
9                                                                    G          S   B
10                                                                   G          S   B
11                                                                   G          S   B
12                                                                   G          S   B
13                                                                   G          S   B
14                                                                   G          S   B
15                                                                   G          S   B
16                                                                   G          S   B
17                                                                   G          S   B
18                                                                   G          S   B
19                                                                   G          S   B
20                                                                   G          S   B
21                                                                   G          S   B
22                                                                   G          S   B
23                                                                   G          S   B
24                                                                   G          S   B
25                                                                   G          S   B
26                                                                   G          S   B
27                                                                   G          S   B
28                                                                   G          S   B
29                                                                   G          S   B
30                                                                   G          S   B
      Total

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EVANGELISM CHALLENGE GUIDELINES (9-12 Grades)
PURPOSE:      To equip Christian young people as leaders who think critically and act creatively to embody and
              communicate the gospel in our contemporary multi-ethnic world.
              To enable every participating high school student to influence the way someone learns God’s plan for
              his/her life by becoming a Christian while utilizing World Bible School material to lead a person on his/her
              spiritual journey.
              To discover God’s passion for sharing His story with those wanting salvation; to learn what role we play
              by ourselves and what role we play with God’s help in teaching others the Good News of God’s plans for
              their lives.
              To prepare the participant for a ministry that fits his/her life and create ministry strategies that blend
              his/her calling and his/her career.
              To encourage Christian young people to work with others in teaching non-Christians about Jesus and His
              plans for their lives.
PROCESS:
  Each participant shall:
  -   Register as a web teacher with World Bible School (www.worldbibleschool.net)
  -   Engage ten (10) students in online study (minimum to participate in this event)
  -   Help your students move through the WBS material
  -   Secure a mentor from your congregation
  -   Submit an essay to determine your level of award before the Pre-Convention deadline
  The Church Coordinator shall:
  -   Register only high school students for this challenge
PROJECTS:
  While we encourage all Challenge participants to focus on teaching their WBS students as the main exercise for this
  event, each participant may also supplement his/her WBS teaching with one of the following projects:
  1. Arrange, prepare, and conduct one-on-one study with a non-Christian
  2. Participate in a church-led mission trip
  3. Plan and join in an evangelistic outreach in your school
AWARDS:
  The ultimate reward for this Challenge event is the satisfying thrill of helping someone make that eternal decision to
  become a baptized follower of Jesus Christ. However, a more practical reward is learning how to appreciate our role as
  “planters” of the Word in someone’s life as God grows his/her faith.
  As an event, the award will be based on the participant’s essay submitted to the CTLTC Evangelism Challenge Event
  Director. This paper will answer specific questions which will be distributed after registration, covering topics such as,
  how the participant learned from his/her mentor about how to teach others and how the participant understood his/her
  mission of evangelism as a lifestyle more than simply an event.
  The participant’s essay will be distributed to a three-member panel for review and consideration, consisting of the WBS
  Church Coordinator, a CTLTC Board Member, and one elder from the participant’s congregation. The weight of this
  essay is the content, not style, grammar, or writing ability. The event reward is based on what the participant learned
  and how the participant plans to use this knowledge for the rest of his/her life.

  Evangelism Challenge can only be submitted by EMAIL: using the link on the CTLTC home page:
  http://www.ctltc.net/

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EVANGELISM CHALLENGE GUIDELINES (9-12 Grades)
                        Challenge Event Submission Forms
     (Submit one form per congregation to Awards by 6:10 PM Friday at Convention)

              Church Name:________________ Church Number:_________
                           City:   _________________________

                        Name                                                Award
1                                                                    G          S   B
2                                                                    G          S   B
3                                                                    G          S   B
4                                                                    G          S   B
5                                                                    G          S   B
6                                                                    G          S   B
7                                                                    G          S   B
8                                                                    G          S   B
9                                                                    G          S   B
10                                                                   G          S   B
11                                                                   G          S   B
12                                                                   G          S   B
13                                                                   G          S   B
14                                                                   G          S   B
15                                                                   G          S   B
16                                                                   G          S   B
17                                                                   G          S   B
18                                                                   G          S   B
19                                                                   G          S   B
20                                                                   G          S   B
21                                                                   G          S   B
22                                                                   G          S   B
23                                                                   G          S   B
24                                                                   G          S   B
25                                                                   G          S   B
26                                                                   G          S   B
27                                                                   G          S   B
28                                                                   G          S   B
29                                                                   G          S   B
30                                                                   G          S   B
      Total

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LEADERSHIP CHALLENGE RULES
PURPOSE:      To promote the leadership of older participants in the training of younger participants.
PROCESS:
  Each participant shall:
  -   Complete all requirements by Convention.
  The Church Coordinator shall:
  -   Read and follow Rules for All Challenge Events at the beginning of this section.
  -   Register each Challenge participant by grade division by Registration Deadline.
  -   Submit all Leadership Challenge entries on the Leadership Challenge Submission Form to Awards at Convention
      by 6:10 PM on Friday.
RULES:
  1. The participant will lead a group of students in grades 3-6 in their training for the CTLTC Convention.
  2. The participant must meet with these students for a minimum of six (6) sessions.
  3. The participant will coach or assist a team or three (3) individuals preparing for an individual event. The teen may
     work with an adult but must take a major leadership role in the training. No more than two (2) teens may work
     together with one team.
  4. The participant will work under the guidance of the Church Coordinator who will certify completion of this event. The
     Church Coordinator may further define these requirements for his/her local congregation.
  5. There will be only one grade division for this event: Grades 10-12
AWARDS:
  This event does not have an award level. A recognition plate will be awarded for completion of this event.

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LEADERSHIP CHALLENGE RULES
                        Challenge Event Submission Forms
     (Submit one form per congregation to Awards by 6:10 PM Friday at Convention)

              Church Name:________________ Church Number:_________
                           City:   _________________________

                        Name                                                Award
1                                                                    G          S   B
2                                                                    G          S   B
3                                                                    G          S   B
4                                                                    G          S   B
5                                                                    G          S   B
6                                                                    G          S   B
7                                                                    G          S   B
8                                                                    G          S   B
9                                                                    G          S   B
10                                                                   G          S   B
11                                                                   G          S   B
12                                                                   G          S   B
13                                                                   G          S   B
14                                                                   G          S   B
15                                                                   G          S   B
16                                                                   G          S   B
17                                                                   G          S   B
18                                                                   G          S   B
19                                                                   G          S   B
20                                                                   G          S   B
21                                                                   G          S   B
22                                                                   G          S   B
23                                                                   G          S   B
24                                                                   G          S   B
25                                                                   G          S   B
26                                                                   G          S   B
27                                                                   G          S   B
28                                                                   G          S   B
29                                                                   G          S   B
30                                                                   G          S   B
      Total

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SCRIPTURE CHALLENGE RULES

PURPOSE:      To encourage memory work as part of the Bible school program by promoting the habit of memorizing at
              least 50 verses per year.
              To promote the use of quoted scriptures in lessons and conversations.
              To promote the study of scriptures as a positive replacement for time that is now consumed by electronic
              and social media.
PROCESS:
  Each participant shall:
  -   Select the scriptures to be memorized.
  -   Memorize the 50 selected verses of scripture.
  The Church Coordinator shall:
  -   Read and follow Rules for All Challenge Events at the beginning of this section.
  -   Register each challenge participant by grade division by Registration Deadline.
  -   Submit all Scripture Challenge entries on the Scripture Challenge Submission Form to Awards at Convention by
      6:10 PM on Friday.
RULES:
  1. Participation is open to all students.
  2. The student may use any translation except those referred to as paraphrased or condensed.
  3. Memory work shall be quoted verbatim (within reason) from the chosen text over a total of 1 – 3 settings (e.g. twenty
     verses in one setting, twenty verses in two settings, or twenty verses in three settings).
  4. Scriptures shall be recited any one of three ways:
      3rd - 6th Grades:
              Gold: 30 verses           Silver: 20 verses        Bronze: 10 verses
      7th - 9th Grades:
              Gold: 50 verses           Silver: 30 verses        Bronze: 20 verses
      10th - 12th Grades:
             Gold: 70 verses           Silver: 50 verses          Bronze: 30 verses
  5. The participant may use a list of scriptures during the sittings but may have no other notes
  6. The Church Coordinator will specify one or more individuals to listen to students and verify their accomplishments.
     This adult may not be related to the student. He/she must certify that the student has memorized and recited 50
     verses.
AWARDS:
  Individual awards will be given to participants in each of the following categories:
      3rd - 6th Grades:
              Gold: 30 verses           Silver: 20 verses        Bronze: 10 verses
      7th - 9th Grades:
              Gold: 50 verses           Silver: 30 verses        Bronze: 20 verses
      10th - 12th Grades:
              Gold: 70 verses           Silver: 50 verses        Bronze: 30 verses

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SCRIPTURE CHALLENGE RULES
                        Challenge Event Submission Forms
     (Submit one form per congregation to Awards by 6:10 PM Friday at Convention)

              Church Name:________________ Church Number:_________
                           City:   _________________________

                        Name                                                Award
1                                                                    G          S   B
2                                                                    G          S   B
3                                                                    G          S   B
4                                                                    G          S   B
5                                                                    G          S   B
6                                                                    G          S   B
7                                                                    G          S   B
8                                                                    G          S   B
9                                                                    G          S   B
10                                                                   G          S   B
11                                                                   G          S   B
12                                                                   G          S   B
13                                                                   G          S   B
14                                                                   G          S   B
15                                                                   G          S   B
16                                                                   G          S   B
17                                                                   G          S   B
18                                                                   G          S   B
19                                                                   G          S   B
20                                                                   G          S   B
21                                                                   G          S   B
22                                                                   G          S   B
23                                                                   G          S   B
24                                                                   G          S   B
25                                                                   G          S   B
26                                                                   G          S   B
27                                                                   G          S   B
28                                                                   G          S   B
29                                                                   G          S   B
30                                                                   G          S   B
      Total

                               SERVICE CHALLENGE RULES

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PURPOSE:      To encourage students to make Christian service an integral part of their lifestyle by promoting creative
              thinking in coming up with new ways to serve the church and the community.
PROCESS:
  Each participant shall:
  -   Complete service projects by Convention.
  -   Type or neatly write a report of one page or less explaining how the projects performed have benefited both the
      participant and others. NOTE: This is NOT to be a list of projects but a report on the way God used you to bless
      others.
  The Church Coordinator shall:
  -   Read and follow Rules for All Challenge Events at the beginning of this section.
  -   Register each Challenge participant by grade division by Registration Deadline.
  -   Submit all Service Challenge entries on the Service Challenge Submission Form to Awards at Convention by 6:10
      PM on Friday.
RULES:
  1. Participants may choose from the list of service projects. (These projects are not meant to be hard and fast; Church
     Coordinator can adjust projects to meet the needs of his/her group.) A major undertaking such as a mission trip,
     VBS, etc. can count as two projects. Each project needs to be listed separately (i.e. door knocked for VBS, taught
     a class for VBS, served refreshments for VBS). A major event, such as a mission trip or VBS, should cover at least
     three consecutive days.
  2. Participants are encouraged to create service projects which meet the needs of an individual, build up the church,
     or improve the community. (This is optional.)
  3. If a participant creates his/her own service project, the idea should be included in the report, and he/she should use
     the project number or check “other service projects” in the attached list.
  4. The report for this event is NOT to be a list of service projects completed, but instead, a report on how the projects
     have benefited both the participant and others. To simply restate the projects completed will result in an automatic
     drop of one award level.
  5. The Church Coordinator will verify the participant has completed the service projects. These can be confirmed by
     parents or other adults who have knowledge of the service done.
  Suggested Projects: Grades 3 - 6 Division
      1. Write three sympathy cards to appropriate individuals or families.
      2. Write three notes of encouragement to shut-ins, sick, etc.
      3. Bring three different friends to visit local congregation.
      4. Spend one hour picking up trash somewhere in community.
      5. Send three seasonal cards to children in a children’s home.
      6. Choose five articles of clothing from personal wardrobe and donate to organization that will distribute to needy
         families. (Benevolent clothing room, etc.).
      7. Skip a meal and donate the amount of money that would have been spent on that meal to an organization that
         feeds hungry people.
      8. Write and mail letters to three missionaries encouraging them in their work.
      9. Paint or color pictures for three children in a local hospital.
      10. Help a shut-in from your local church with chores at his/her home. (Rake leaves, mow yard, pull weeds, wash
          dishes, etc.).
      11. Work on a recycling project (aluminum cans, plastic bags, etc.) for at least one month and donate the money
          made to a non-profit organization.

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12. Do other service projects. (Create your own; must be approved by Church Coordinator.) There may be several
          of these.
  Suggested Projects: Grades 7 - 12 Division
      1. Baby-sit free of charge for a total of ten hours.
      2. Locate a needy family and personally put together a “Care Package” (food, toys, etc.) and deliver to the family.
      3. Spend a total of three hours picking up trash somewhere in community.
      4. Participate for at least three hours in an “adopt-a-highway” program.
      5. Participate in a youth group “work camp.”
      6. Work on a recycling project (aluminum cans, plastic bags, etc.) for at least three months and donate the money
         made to a non-profit organization.
      7. Write ten sympathy cards to appropriate individuals or families.
      8. Write ten notes of encouragement to shut-ins, sick, etc.
      9. Bring five different friends to visit local congregation.
      10. Contact a children’s home and arrange to be a pen pal with one of the children. (Send at least six letters in a
          three-month period.)
      11. Write and mail letters to six missionaries encouraging them in their work.
      12. Volunteer ten hours to help church staff (secretaries or ministers).
      13. Visit five shut-ins in local nursing homes.
      14. Prepare and deliver food to three families who need help. (Hospital, illness, death, etc.).
      15. Do other service projects. (Create your own; must be approved by Church Coordinator.) There may be several
          of these.
AWARDS:
  Individual awards will be given to participants in each of the following categories:
  3rd - 6th Grades                                                   7th - 12th Grades
  Gold:       10 Service Projects                                    Gold:       12 Service Projects
  Silver:     8 Service Projects                                     Silver:     9 Service Projects
  Bronze:     6 Service Projects                                     Bronze:     6 Service Projects

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SERVICE CHALLENGE RULES
                        Challenge Event Submission Forms
     (Submit one form per congregation to Awards by 6:10 PM Friday at Convention)

              Church Name:________________ Church Number:_________
                           City:   _________________________

                        Name                                                Award
1                                                                    G          S   B
2                                                                    G          S   B
3                                                                    G          S   B
4                                                                    G          S   B
5                                                                    G          S   B
6                                                                    G          S   B
7                                                                    G          S   B
8                                                                    G          S   B
9                                                                    G          S   B
10                                                                   G          S   B
11                                                                   G          S   B
12                                                                   G          S   B
13                                                                   G          S   B
14                                                                   G          S   B
15                                                                   G          S   B
16                                                                   G          S   B
17                                                                   G          S   B
18                                                                   G          S   B
19                                                                   G          S   B
20                                                                   G          S   B
21                                                                   G          S   B
22                                                                   G          S   B
23                                                                   G          S   B
24                                                                   G          S   B
25                                                                   G          S   B
26                                                                   G          S   B
27                                                                   G          S   B
28                                                                   G          S   B
29                                                                   G          S   B
30                                                                   G          S   B
      Total

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RULES FOR ALL PRE-CONVENTION EVENTS

   1. All items must be emailed no later than the Pre-Convention Event Deadline using the link on the CTLTC
      homepage http://www.ctltc.net/.
   2. Church Number and Team Numbers need to be included on submissions, if available, prior to mailing.
   3. A rating deduction is allowed for failure to provide complete submission information as instructed.
   4. In a team event, a participant may move up to a higher grade division, but an older participant may not move down
      to a lower grade division. Each team in each event will participate at the grade division of the highest grade member.
      All team events will consist of more than one person.
   5. Each individual award winner and each member of a winning team will receive an engraved plate for his/her
      participant’s plaque.
   6. Judge’s score sheets and awards will be placed in congregational packets to be picked up by the Church
      Coordinator at the end of Convention.
   7. Participants must be registered in their respective events and registration fee sent in to Registration on or before
      the Registration Deadline, whether they will be attending the CTLTC Convention or not. Do NOT send checks to
      Event Directors.
   8. Church Coordinators will have until two weeks after the convention to apply for awards, corrections, or updates.
      Any awards needed after this deadline will have to be secured by the Church Coordinator from a local business.
   9. Copyrighted material received as an entry will not be judged. It will not be accepted for any event and will be returned
      to the sender.
   Note: All materials that are submitted for judging become the property of CTLTC. It is understood that CTLTC reserves
   the right to use materials for promotion, instruction, or in any other manner deemed appropriate by the Board of
   Directors.
These Pre-Convention Events are only submitted by email:
   Christian Blog / Christian Fiction / Multimedia Presentation / Poetry / Web Pages Design
   Email to: Pre-Convention Coordinator (current information listed @ http://www.ctltc.net)
Video Submission notes:
   1. All video entries may be uploaded to a site like schooltube.com (free to sign up), and the link to the video should be
      emailed to the Pre-Convention Event Director following the instructions on the CTLTC home page:
       http://www.ctltc.net/.
   2. The video should be accompanied by the information requested on the cover page.
   3. Please test the link before emailing it.
Children’s Book:
   Children’s Book has been changed to a Carry-in / Display event and will be judged at the Convention (in the same room
   as the bulletin boards and scrapbooks).

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CHRISTIAN BLOG RULES

PURPOSE:       To improve written communication skills in conveying Biblical ideas. Written communication has always
               been an important means of teaching and admonishing Christians. From the time that inspired authors gave
               instruction up to the journals and publications of today, ideas skillfully and clearly presented have made
               lasting impressions on the hearts and minds of those who wish to put God’s will into practice. The event
               must challenge people to use the written word to communicate God’s Word. The blog content, style, and
               message should reflect a respect for the importance and value of communicating God’s Word in written
               form.
PROCESS:
  Each participant shall:
  -   Read and follow Rules for All Pre-Convention Events at the beginning of this section.
  -   Write an article with the content addressing the current year’s CTLTC theme.
  -   EMAIL (1) copy of the blog to the Event Director on or before the Pre-Convention Event Deadline using the link on
      the CTLTC homepage.
  -   Include one cover sheet following the format given below.
  -   Include a request in the body of the email if you wish to receive confirmation of receipt.
  -   Include the Event Category in the subject line of the email.
  The Event Director shall:
  -   Send a confirmation of receipt of blog, if requested.
  -   Organize the blogs for judging.
  -   Provide a critique sheet on the blog.
  -   Report results to the Awards Committee.
RULES:
  1. The blog length shall be 250 to 500 words.
  2. The blog format shall be as follows for students 7-12 grade:
      -   Typewritten
      -   Double-spaced
      -   Font: Arial or Times New Roman
      -   Size: 12 to 14
  3. For grades 3-6, handwritten work is admissible; however, an adult may type it as long as the student’s work is not
     changed. All work must be neat, legible, and dark enough to be read easily.
  4. The blog shall start with the title of the blog, followed by the text.
  5. Copies of an oratory speech will not be accepted as a blog.
  6. Blogs should provide information, not personal testimonies. Specific scriptures should be included.
  7. There are three grade divisions in this event: Grades 3-6, 7-9, 10-12. The higher the grade division the more
     effective the use of the written word should be demonstrated.

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8. A cover sheet shall be on the front of each entry and should follow this format:
       -     Grade Division
       -     Congregation Name and Number
       -     Church Coordinator
       -     Church Coordinator email address and Phone No.
       -     Participant Name
       -     Title of Blog
   Christian Blog can only be submitted by EMAIL: using the link on the CTLTC home page: http://www.ctltc.net/
JUDGING CRITERIA:
   -   Use of Theme: Use the assigned theme in the blog. The blog should blend your creativity with the ideas of the
       theme.
   -   Use of English Language: The blog should contain the proper use of the English language, word usage,
       spelling, and punctuation.
   -   Structure: The blog will be rated on its structure as a blog. The current year’s CTLTC theme should be clearly
       introduced in the beginning of the paper. The thesis statement should be clearly stated. This main idea should be
       supported by three to five points in the body of the article. The blog should be closed by a conclusion supported by
       the information presented.
   -   Readability: This concerns relevance to today, correct use of paragraphs, pagination, absence of typographical
       errors, and the ability to hold a reader’s interest. Specific scriptures should be included.
   -   Overall Mood: Proper use of humor, personal stories, and illustrations will be evaluated as to their relevance to
       the theme. The theme, points, and conclusion should be enhanced by such usage. The work should clearly be seen
       as the writer’s thoughts and expression rather than a collection of the thoughts of others.
   -   Format/Submission: A deduction will be made if the participant did not follow instructions for formatting and
       submitting the entry.
AWARDS:
  Ratings and awards will be given as follows:
   Gold:                     Exceeds Expectations
   Silver:                   Meets Expectations
   Bronze:                   Meets minimum standards in this age group
   Participant:              Below minimum standards in this age group

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CHRISTIAN BLOG JUDGES SHEET
Student Name:
Church Name:
Church #:                                                 Division:      (3-6)          (7-9)       (10-12)

                             Therefore encourage each another with these words. 1 Thess. 4:18
Gold: Exceeds expectations. Well prepared. Excellent!
Silver: Meets expectations. Good!
Bronze: Below minimum standards in this age group. Needs improvement.
Participant: Ineffective presentation.

                    Remember, these are kids, not
                                                                                          Check the appropriate box
                 professionals. Consider their ages and
                          reward their efforts.                           Gold                  Silver          Bronze         Participant
                                                                        Exceeds              Meets            Below
                                                                                                                               Ineffective
                                                                      Expectations        Expectations     Expectations
                                 Theme
                                                                                           Good way to
                                                                       Great way to                             Hinted at       Theme not
 Theme                                                                                       present
                                                                       show theme                                theme          mentioned
                                                                                             theme

                           Technical Aspects

                                                                       Clear and           Meaningful,        Text does not      Message
 Usage of language, vocabulary
                                                                       meaningful          well chosen             flow          unclear

                                                                                                               Good thesis,
                                                                      Excellent, very       Good, well                         No thesis, not
 Structure (thesis given, supported)                                                                          not supported
                                                                        convincing          supported                           supported
                                                                                                                   well

                                                                                                                Several
 Usage of punctuation, sentence structure                                Perfect             Excellent                         Rules ignored
                                                                                                                mistakes

                                                                         Exceeds           Meaningful,         Meaningful,       Message
 Readability
                                                                       expectations        flows well         does not flow      unclear

                                                                         Exceeds                                Does not
                                                                                           Meets format                         Format not
 Format/Submission requirements                                           format                                follow all
                                                                                           expectations                         attempted
                                                                       expectations                              format

                              Overall Mood
                                                                                                              Has difficulty
                                                                      Leaves reader        Leaves reader                       Can’t follow
 Mood                                                                                                           reaching
                                                                         elated               fulfilled                           blog
                                                                                                                 reader

What was most impressive?

What need most improvement?

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CHRISTIAN FICTION RULES
PURPOSE:      In today’s world, there is a need for fiction which conveys a Christian message as an alternative to the
              fiction of this age which is often atheistic and amoral in nature. This event encourages those who enjoy
              creative writing and drawing to use their skills in a Christian arena.
PROCESS:
  Each participant shall:
  -   Read and follow Rules for All Pre-Convention Events at the beginning of this section.
  -   Write an article with the content addressing the current year’s CTLTC theme.
  -   EMAIL (1) copy of the essay to the Event Director on or before the Pre-Convention Event Deadline using the link
      on the CTLTC homepage.
  -   Include one cover sheet following the format given below.
  -   Include a request in the body of the email if you wish to receive confirmation of receipt.
  -   Include the Event Category in the subject line of the email.
  The Event Director shall:
  -   Send a confirmation of receipt of essay, if requested.
  -   Organize the essays for judging.
  -   Provide a critique sheet on the essay.
  -   Report results to the Awards Committee.
RULES:
  1. The story should be typewritten, double spaced with 1” margins, and three to five pages in length. For students
     sixth grade or younger, handwritten work is admissible though it must be, in the minds of the judges, legible and
     neatly presented. If handwritten work is submitted, the story should be four to six pages in length.
  2. The story may be written in any form of fiction (e.g., mystery, action, humor, fable, etc.) so long as it reflects the
     current year’s CTLTC theme. The theme may be reflected anywhere in the story, climax, or conclusion, so long as
     it is clearly and accurately taught or presented.
  3. The story should use correct grammar (including spelling) and proper punctuation. It should also include elements
     appropriate for fiction, such as plot and character development.
  4. Adult assistance should be mainly verbal. Adults may discuss the theme and its possible applications and make
     verbal suggestions on content and style. Adults may also note editorial corrections on the participant’s written work.
  5. Each participant may submit only one entry.
  6. The story can be illustrated (drawing, cartoon, photographs, or computer-generated) with original (no use of
     copyrighted) art work.
  7. One person may write the story and another may illustrate. Team is limited to two participants. Teams consisting of
     participants from more than one age division will be judged based on the highest age.
  8. There will be three grade divisions in this event: Grades 3-6, 7-9, 10-12
  9. A cover sheet shall be on the front of each entry and should follow this format:
      -   Grade Division
      -   Congregation Name and Number
      -   Church Coordinator
      -   Church Coordinator email address and Phone No.
      -   Participant Name
      -   Title of Essay
  Christian Fiction can only be submitted by EMAIL: using the link on the CTLTC home page: http://www.ctltc.net/

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General Information for Fiction Writing:
   1. Fiction is what it says. It is make-believe. The writer is free to construct his/her own reality. However, he/she must
      be careful that his/her fiction is believable. If one aspect is totally unable to ever happen or if it is just not ever likely
      to happen that way, then we suggest it be revised to accommodate believability.
   2. To be a story it must have certain elements. It must have a beginning, middle, and a conclusion. That seems rather
      basic, but surprisingly this is often forgotten.
   3. The writer must have a main character (called a protagonist), one with whom the reader can empathize or identify.
      This character must be likable but should have at least one human frailty. Also, he/she should have something
      he/she wants or needs desperately or a goal he/she must attain.
   4. Then problems must arise in the path of the protagonist - events that keep him/her from his/her wants, needs, or
      goal. These can be incidents or people who stand in his/her way (antagonists).
   5. The main character must then overcome these problems and, if it is to be inspirational, along the way his/her inner
      character must change for the better or there must be changing of the frailty already mentioned.
   6. To accomplish describing the protagonist or telling the story, one good way is to let dialogue reveal what needs to
      be known. Another way is to appeal to the reader’s senses. For example, let him/her hear the background noises
      or the knife cutting through the leather jacket; let him/her smell the cafeteria or the wet dog; let him/her feel the cold
      and rough concrete wall or that velour sweater; let him/her see a character slip the money into a pocket or the tears
      in the teacher’s eyes. Don’t TELL what is happening, SHOW it.
   7. CHOOSE A VIEWPOINT. The writer may tell the story from a character’s viewpoint, but remember the reader can
      only know what that particular character can see, hear, touch, smell, or find out from dialogue with others. The writer
      can use omniscient viewpoint which gives a broader scope, but it will not be as personal as a character’s viewpoint.
   8. The writer needs to know when to end. Let our characters and what happens to them illustrate the principle we are
      trying to get across. If I have done my job as a writer, the reader will already know the principle or truism I’m telling.
      A writer’s job is finished when the characters and what happens to them illustrate the principle or truism that was
      intended by the writer.

                                          2019 CTLTC MANUAL / No Greater Love                                              Page 31
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