The Logos Forensic Association (LFA) is a debate league created for private Christian schools. As a league, the LFA gives students opportunities to compete in forensics by:
- Helping to establish debate teams in schools
- Creating training opportunities for teachers and students
- Producing debate textbooks and teaching materials for participating schools
- Providing a convenient network of schools for competition opportunities
- Helping to organize tournaments, and running the LFA Championship tournament
Mission & Purpose
The importance of rhetoric to a proper education has been recognized as far back as Socrates. Since then, many educational institutions have provided training in logic, speech, and debate. Competitive debate between schools first emerged in the United States in 1815 on the college circuit. Over the years debate has spread to colleges and high schools all over the world.
Today, numerous debate leagues exist that allow students at almost any college or high school to participate in speech and debate (also known as forensics). Leagues have even been created exclusively for home schooling families. Within private Christian schools, however, this activity is almost nonexistent.
The Logos Forensic Association was created specifically to fill this void in private schools. We believe that every student should have the opportunity to learn logic and rhetoric, to learn to defend their beliefs, and to develop the ability to communicate clearly and persuasively. We believe that this activity is the most important in developing these vital skills as well as training our students to be the leaders and representatives of Christ in future generations.
What You Do
The Logos Forensic Association is first and primarily a debate league. This means we connect schools to each other for competitions.
Finds a teacher who will teach the club/class
Builds their own competitive team by promoting speech and debate to their students
Trains students in the art and technique of debate
Handles any tournaments that are hosted at home facilities
The LFA staff is more than happy and ready to help guide you in each of these endeavors.
What We Do
As a league, the LFA provides the framework and networking capabilities for competing schools and students. This includes, but is not limited to:
- Rules and guidelines to be followed at tournaments
- The resolution (topic) for each debate season
- Official tournament documents, such as ballots
- A website that tracks tournament results and school rankings
- One complimentary debate manual for your coach / teacher
- Access to coaching materials, including tests, coaching tips, and helpful exercises to do with students
- Ready phone and email support from our staff
Meet the Staff
Brian Eschen- Executive Director
A fourth generation Bay Area native, in 2021 Brian moved from his home-town in the East Bay Area to the Central Valley in order to help run the Institute for Principle Studies. His deep roots in California and love for his home state gave him an instant connection with Mike Winther and the message of liberty promoted by IPS, which started when he attended the inaugural Biblical Principles of Government course.
Currently Brian also runs a family-owned real estate investment company
with his twin brother Jeff. His love for education led him to volunteer his time teaching local homeschool students in an outreach ministry his brother started and he started. Since 1999, Brian has been happily married to his beautiful bride Teresa. They were thankful for the opportunity to homeschool their three children, Brianna, Josiah and Risa- all now graduated
Diana Higginson- Program Coordinator
Diana brings with her over 21 years of service to the church. She has taught a multitude of classes and has worked in various administrative /volunteer roles within the church.
She comes with a background in Marketing/ Public Relations/ HR, as well as 14 years serving as a Bank Officer. She is currently enrolled at Colorado Christian University finishing her Bachelor's Degree in Biblical Studies.
Diana is excited to see the LFA prepare a path for today's youth as they become future leaders in Christ!
Steven Butner- Marketing Coordinator
Steven is part of the Marketing and Development team at the Institute for Principle Studies. He joined the IPS staff May of 2015 after graduating from California State University Stanislaus in December of 2014 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.
Steven is a former member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Yosemite Chapter and is an alumni of the Grant Writing USA workshop. He regularly attends "Catalyst", a monthly meeting hosted by a fellow Modesto nonprofit aimed at creating space and time to collaborate and affect beneficial community change.