Bible Quizzing

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Bible quizzing in North America began at a Kansas City chapter of Youth for Christ (YFC) in the late 1940s. Designed to involve young people in Bible study, YFC quizzing featured a 20-question quiz with five quizzers on each team. As of 1987, Mennonite and Brethren in Christ Bible quiz programs permitted four quizzers on each team (plus substitutes) and used the New International Version for study and question-writing.

Conference-wide Bible quiz programs were established in the Brethren in Christ Church in 1957, the Evangelical Mennonite Church in 1961, and several conferences of the Mennonite Church (MC) in 1970. Mennonite Church conferences with quizzing programs in 1987 included the Atlantic Coast Conference, Iowa-Nebraska Conference, Lancaster Conference, Ohio Conference, and the Ontario and Quebec Conference. Quiz teams from local congregations were generally organized by region or by conference, reflecting the denominational structure. In the Evangelical Mennonite Church and Brethren in Christ programs, the teams from each region or conference met at the denominational playoffs, which were often scheduled for an annual conference or youth convention.

The General Conference Mennonite Church, Mennonite Brethren, and Evangelical Mennonite Brethren churches did not sponsor quizzing programs. However, a few individual congregations did have quiz teams which competed interdenominationally. The World Bible Quiz Association, with headquarters in Washington, Pennsylvania, was established in 1974 for the purpose of bringing together the various denominations and organizations involved in quizzing.


Numerous articles in Evangelical Visitor, e.g.,

Boyer, Ernest L. "The Quiz in Prospect." Evangelical Visitor (22 October 1959).

Burkholder, A. C. "The Bible Quiz Program." Evangelical Visitor (22 October 1959), cf. (10 February 1976): 31.

Wittlinger, Carlton O. Quest for Piety and Obedience: The Story of the Brethren in Christ. Nappanee, IN: Evangel Press, 1978: 426.

Mennonite Reporter, e.g., (3 February 1986): 20; (19 January 1987: 16.

Minutes of the 109th [Seventh Biennial] General Conference, Brethren in Christ Church, July 5 - July 10, 1986: 21.

Additional Information

Website: World Bible Quiz Association

Author(s) Dave Brubaker
Date Published 1988

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 5, p. 78. All rights reserved.

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