What is Mars Hill?
We are a parent-led, Speech and Debate club for Christian Homeschoolers who are between the ages of 10 and 18. (click for the legal definition of homeschooling)
The benefits of Speech and Debate are innumerable! We offer opportunities to learn various Speech events and Debate styles like Team Policy, Lincoln Douglas, and Parliamentary debate through parent-led coaching and competitive tournaments. In addition to developing their rhetoric and research skills, students also grow their faith, character and develop strong friendships.
Our name is found in the Bible (The Book of Acts, Chapter 17). Mars Hill was an important meeting place where philosophy, religion, and law were discussed in New Testament times. At Mars Hill, the Apostle Paul spoke to the citizens of Greece about the One true God, the Creator of the universe, His love for humanity and His Son, Jesus, the Messiah.
Paul’s sermon is a classic example of a gospel presentation that begins where the listeners are and then presents the gospel message in a logical and biblical fashion.
Our vision is to encourage and equip students to become effective communicators of the truth, defenders of the faith, and a transforming influence on our culture. Soli Deo Gloria !
Speech and Debate Showcase
Below you can watch a sample of the speeches our students put together each year.
Meeting Schedule & Location
We meet on Mondays (mid August- April) at 5:00 pm.
4:00 - 4:45 p.m. Apologetics Class (optional, highly recommended)
5:00 - 5:20 p.m. Announcements and Devotional
5:25 - 6:45 p.m. Speech Coaching
6:45 - 7:15 p.m. Dinner Break
7:15 - 8:45 p.m. Debate Coaching
Our meeting location is First Baptist Church of Fountain Hills:
10215 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills, AZ 85268
"In Messiah you were enriched in all
Speech and Knowledge,
so that you are not lacking in any gift."
~1 Corinthians 1:4-7
Fall Speech Workshop- a mandatory one-day workshop for Mars Hill club members- Saturday, Sept. 25 from 9 am to 4 pm- $10 per student. Register here by Sept. 10
Fall Debate Workshop- a two-day TP/LD debate workshop featuring Griffith Vertican- open to non-club members, Friday, Oct. 1 and Saturday, Oct. 2- 9 am to 4 pm. Register here by Sept. 25.