How to Get Apologetics Into Your Church

how-to-get-apologetics-in-your-churchBack in the year of 2010, a project was begun to revive the task of apologetics in the church.  Brian Auten’s ministry, Apologetics 315 will featured a couple of series of blog posts which responded to the question: “How can I get apologetics in my church?”

The goal of the project was and still is a simple one: to share stories, experiences, and advice that will help Christians to start their own local apologetics initiatives. Whether you be a pastor, youth pastor, teacher, elder, or lay person, this series of short essays could hold the keys you need to get things started in your own local congregation.

Here is the table of contents for Part 1:

Sep 10 – Introduction – Brian Auten
Sep 13 – An Apologetic for Apologetics – Tawa Anderson
Sep 14 – Why Apologetics is Important to Your Church – Paul D. Adams
Sep 15 – Apologetics, the Church, and Cultural Relevance – Vocab Malone
Sep 16 – Take the Scenic Route – Peter Grice
Sep 17 – Cultivating a Local Church Apologetics Ministry – Chad Gross
Sep 20 – Apologetics Functions in the Community – Carolyn Horne –
Sep 21 – Beginning an Apologetics Class – Derek Jarrard
Sep 22 – Starting a Church Apologetics Ministry – Daniel Hannon
Sep 23 – How We Got Apologetics in Our Church – Marcus McElhaney
Sep 24 – Getting Apologetics in the Local Church – Ron Pantalena
Sep 27 – Apologetics Training in the Church – Mikel Del Rosario
Sep 28 – What I Learned While Teaching Apologetics in Church – Daniel A. Ashworth
Sep 29 – Forming Local Church Apologetics Society – Adrian Urias
Sep 30 – Leading Apologetics in Small Groups – Mark Tabladillo
Oct 1 – Apologetics Movie Night – Nate Harmony
Oct 4 – Apologetics in the House Church – Wes Widner
Oct 5 – Apologetics in a Rural Setting – Shelby Cade
Oct 6 – How to Start a Reasonable Faith Chapter – Brian Auten
Oct 7 – Preaching to the Choir? Intentionally Apologetic Sermons – Tawa Anderson
Oct 8 – Resources for Getting Started

Shortly after the first series came out, a year or so later, the second part of the series came online.  Here is the second part of the series, How to Get Apologetics in Your Church Part 2.

“Apologetics? What are you apologizing for?” “Is that a class that husbands are supposed to take?” “What is that?”

These are questions we hear frequently whenever the word apologetics is mentioned.  It probably comes as no surprise the word “apologetics” is foreign to most people, even who are a part of the Christian church.

Evangelicals, who define themselves by their passion to follow Jesus’ command to “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations”(Matt. 28:17) will usually look quizzically.  Here is the table of contents for this resource to assist you in your embarking in the world of loving God with all our heart, soul and MIND.

Here is the table of contents for Part 2 

00 – Introduction
01 – Why Apologetics Matters to Every Believer and Every Church
02 – How I Got Apologetics Started in My Church
03 – A Pastor’s Perspective
04 – The Road to the Group
05 – How to Start a Church Apologetics Ministry
06 – The ‘Reasonable Faith?’ Course
07 – Four Lessons for the Apologetics Small Group
08 – Five Tips for Starting an Apologetics Group
09 – A Call to ACTION
10 – Kicking Off The Truth Project
11 – Evangelism, Apologetics, and Cultural Impact
12 – Questions are a Good Thing
13 – Implementing Apologetics Ministry
14 – When Apologetics is Not Welcome in Your Church
15 – Lessons Along the Way
16 – How to Organize an Apologetics Conference
17 – So You Want to Organize an Apologetic Event?
18 – An Effective Model for a Youth Apologetics Home Group
19 – How Churches Can Respond to Doubt
20 – Challenge: Start a Church Apologetics Group

Our desire is the bring an apologetics revival to the churches in our area. I posted a comment in a recent talk that I will close with in this post, which I think is the catalyst for the effectiveness of American Christianity in this day and age. It is as follows,

“With all the fallout, churches are saying that they are seeking to reach the culture, but they are totally unaware of what the culture looks like, and smells like. Pastors are not hearing the conversations that their parishioners are having with the happy pagans of our culture and how the answers their members are giving are likened to tennis balls bouncing of the castle walls, instead of demolishing them (2 Cor. 10:3,4).  Pastors are a determining factor on how fast or how slow an apologetics program can become part of the curriculum and eventually the lifeblood of discipleship in equipping the saints.”

That being said, I think it is high time we get busy and down to business to equip our people.

Rob is a blogger, writer, pastor/teacher, and public speaker on a mission to equip the believer to think and articulate what they believe and to communicate it to a confused culture in a “brave new world.”

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