How to Get Apologetics in Your Church: Series 1 and 2
[Updated 30/04/12: with the link to second series podcast feed]
In 2010 I provided some basic information for those among us who enjoy apologetics and have a desire to see it become a regular part of discipleship and training in their church, but were perhaps unsure how to get started. It was drawn largely from my own investigations and desire to do just that, but certainly not from my own experience. My intention was to help and encourage people like me, who enjoy this particular branch of evangelism and training, and think they might be able to serve their own church in this way.
Continuing in this vain, I am excited about to tell you about another resource that I have found very informative and practical.
Over the course of two months in 2010, Apologetics315.com released a series of 21 podcasts. The podcasts were simply narrated articles; articles written by regular folk from around the world (including Australia!) who wanted to share their experiences in starting an apologetics group in their own church. Apologetics315.com’s Brian Auten put it this way:
The goal of this project 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.
The contributors to this project range from lay leaders to pastors, self-taught to formally trained. But they all share something in common: they are Christians who love Jesus, they have a passion to defend the Christian faith, and they have found an outlet for training and equipping others in the local church. As you read (or listen) you will hear them describe their situations, challenges, and testimonies as they helped initiate small groups, apologetics Sunday school classes, apologetics events, movie nights, and sermons.
I found it to be a very helpful resource that I have revised on several occasions as I prepare to introduce apologetics in my own church. And now, with the second series of podcasts on this topic to begin next week, Brian Auten is seeking more contributions to add to those collected for Series One:
Next week, part 2 of this series will launch, with even more essays from a variety of contributors. So why announce this now? Because you might have something to contribute. Do you run any type of apologetics group in your church? If you would like to contribute a short essay about your church-based apologetics group please contact info (at) apologetics315.com.
[Update: The podcast feed for the second series can be found here. Subscribe to it via iTunes and receive each new episode as it is released. Episode 1 - Why Apologetics Matters to Every Church and Every Believer - is now available. I hope you find them useful.]
- The articles themselves are also freely downloadable in a variety of formats. Download the eBook [Kindle format | PDF | Mobi | ePub]