October 2022 Newsletter
A Quizzer's Story
I’m a pastor in the North Central District of the C&MA (Minnesota and Eastern Dakotas). Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to share about Bible Quizzing for a few minutes during our District and Prayer Conference, the annual gathering of the pastors and church leaders in our District. I shared about the essential need for people to know what God’s word says and how God used Bible Quizzing as a vehicle for His word to get into my life and for His Spirit to draw me to trust in Jesus and to transform me. I shared that Bible Quizzing is the most effective vehicle that I know of for motivating young people to memorize huge amounts of God’s word, so they come to know what God’s word says and can be transformed by the Spirit working through the word.
After I shared, one of the pastors came up to me and shared that a quizzer whose family has been attending his church approached him after a service to let him know that he had prayed to receive Christ that Sunday. Later that day, a hospital chaplain in our District who quizzed at Internationals in the 1970s (one of Greg Larson’s teammates) shared with me how transformational Bible Quizzing was in his life. He also has two brothers who are pastors of Alliance churches in the North Central District. A third pastor, who pastors one of the Ethiopian churches in our District, shared with me that one of the former quizzers from his church had recently responded to God’s call to serve Him in ministry.
In many ways Bible Quizzing is a quiet ministry. It’s not flashy. It’s a foundation-building ministry. It is slow; its work happens in many small groups with many ordinary disciples discipling these small groups of young people week-by-week in the word. Its work happens as students spend hours in the Scriptures on their own. Its fruit is seen in the deep and long-term and continual transformation that God in Christ produces in us by His Spirit through His word. The stories that were shared with me over just a 24 hour period at my District Conference demonstrate the power of the word of God to effect salvation and to produce lasting and multiplying fruit in the lives of people – and how incredibly special it is for that foundation to be laid in one’s childhood and youth (2 Timothy 3:14-17). How wonderfully blessed we are – whether as quizzers or as adult leaders and supporters – to be a part of this ministry that is being used by God to quietly and faithfully lay the foundation for the multiplication of life transformation.
Join us on November 27, for a webinar hosted by Angela and Lana from CMD. They will be talking about the value of the clubs, how they use them and how they reward quizzers. They will also talk about quiz weekends, what they do and why.
Use the signup form below to register for the webinar today!
Rule Book Update
There’s a lot of great discussion happening on the Rulebook on our GitHub project site, and we would love for you who care about C&MA Bible Quizzing to be a part of the action – or at least to grab some popcorn and read the rules discussion that are of interest to you. Now, maybe you say, “I’m sorry, but you lost me at GitHub. I’m not a techie kind of person.” No problem. If you have an email account or Facebook or just use the Internet once in a while, then you already have all the skills you need to get on GitHub and to see every rules issue being discussed and to share your input if you’d like. Below is a link to the “Issues” that are currently in discussion
The beauty of the current process that was implemented this past year is that the Rulebook change process is now open to whole quizzing community to be able to see it and to be able to give meaningful and visible input into it. Jeremy Swingle has put together a tutorial video to help people learn how to be a part of the Rulebook discussion and to see how the Rulebook change process works. You can view that by clicking on the button below.
If, after following the above links, you’re still having trouble accessing the Rulebook discussion, please send an email to the CQLT. We will be glad to help you get set up!
District registration is due December 31, 2022. The fee will be $8/quizzer and is used to facilitate CQLT and Alliance support throughout the year. Registration is required for participation in IBQ 2023.
The announcement for a location for IBQ 2023 is coming soon! We will post an update to the website and email everyone on our lists as soon as the final details are done.
As of November 2022, the CQLT has decided to hold meetings on the 2nd Monday of every even numbered month. This will allow districts to have an expectation of when the CQLT will meet to discuss updates and more.
Districts are invited to send an email to the CQLT at any time to request specific items be discussed or to request to present to the CQLT on a particular topic.
Minutes are posted to this website up to two weeks after the meeting.
The CQLT's last meeting was on October 22 & 24, 2022.
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