Author and apologist Lee Strobel has announced he is launching a center for evangelism and apologetics in collaboration with Colorado Christian University in efforts to fuel spiritual renewal in America, revitalize churches, and equip the next generation to understand and defend their faith.
“We live in an increasingly skeptical and even hostile culture toward the Christian message, and apologetics, which is literally giving evidence for the faith, is increasingly important as a result,” Strobel told The Christian Post. “Apologetics gets people past their spiritual ‘sticking points.’ A lot of people in culture have objections, questions, and doubts about God, and when we can give them a reason for these things, it can make great progress for God.”
The award-winning former legal editor of The Chicago Tribune explained that the center, appropriately titled the Lee Strobel Center for Evangelism and Applied Apologetics, will “wed evangelism and apologetics” — something he said has historically been “missing” in most Christian training.
“My good friend [author] J. Warner Wallace says, ‘Evangelism in the 21st century is spelled apologetics,’” Strobel said. “Christians are going to have a tough time in the 21st century sharing their faith if they don’t understand firmly why they believe what they believe and have the ability to defend it. There’s too much skepticism out there. There’s a lot of websites that promote wild claims and objections to Christianity, many of which are easily answered, but we have to know what the answers are.”
“I don’t think any Christians can be truly effective with reaching people with the Gospel if they’re not conversant in how to defend the basics of the faith,” he added.
The Lee Strobel Center for Evangelism and Applied Apologetics will offer accredited courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Strobel told CP that all courses are designed to help churches, ministries, and individual Christians share and defend their faith naturally and effectively.
“We’re not after training a bunch of people to be ivory tower intellectuals; we want them to be involved in the marketplace of ideas and to be involved in the fray of culture, whether it’s in social media, politics, or through the church,” he explained. “We want to train people so that they’re using apologetics in everyday life.”
In efforts to “revitalize churches,” the Center will also train and certify evangelism directors for local churches, who will serve full-time, part-time or on a volunteer basis in partnership with the senior pastor in order to mobilize the church to reach their community for Christ.
Strobel, who has served as a teaching pastor at three of the largest and most evangelistic churches in the country, lamented that “a lot of churches have grown a little dim in their passion for reaching spiritually lost people.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leah MarieAnn Klett