Evangelical Philosophical Society Interview with
Ratio Christi President Rick Schenker
The student apologetics alliance, Ratio Christi, continues to experience great development, history, and influence in its endeavor to bring thoughtful Christian witness to non-religious university contexts. I recently interviewed President Rick Schenker about some of the great work of his organization. The EPS continues to be a home for self-identified apologetics scholars, leaders and practitioners. For that reason and more, ATTENTION all graduate students in apologetics: Ratio Christi Wants You!
Rick, what are you passionate about when you think about the work and leadership of Ratio Christi?
I am passionate about evangelism, and I believe apologetics is all about evangelism. I believe an apologist fits the Ephesians 4:11 role of an evangelist by equipping believers to win their own circle of influence. Therefore, by placing a resident apologist at each university, Ratio Christi is training Christian students not only that their faith is solidly grounded in truth (reality), but that every conversation is an opportunity to lead others to Christ. We are turning them into evangelists, and training them to teach what they have learned to other faithful men and women who will to teach others. I know it sounds amazing, but my hope is to help create one of the greatest evangelistic movements of this century by training 2.5 million apologetics oriented evangelists in the next 10 years. I think we have the plan to get it done.
How does Ratio Christi value graduate training in apologetics?
Ratio Christi needs well trained apologists. We love to recruit our chapter leaders from schools that offer graduate training in apologetics. We are hoping that by providing trained apologists with more opportunities to work in the field of apologetics that the schools that do the training will be able to drastically increase their enrollments.
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Ratio Christi is a mobilizing and networking organization. Why is that important?
The thing that was missing in the overall apologetics movement was an organization that is entirely focused on developing grassroots (local) opportunities for apologists. We are filling that niche by offering to have them serve (full-time or as a volunteer) as a Ratio Christi resident apologist at a university. This has mostly been in the U.S., but now we are creating opportunities internationally. We will be increasing these opportunities as soon as we launch Ratio Christi College Prep to reach middle school and high school students. Think about what this does. It also creates more opportunities for apologetics ministries to provide speakers and resources at every one of our venues. Our goal is to grow the entire apologetics enterprise.
How many leaders and groups are currently affiliated with Ratio Christi, and how are you wanting to see Ratio Christi grow?
We have grown from having only 10 chapters in early 2011 to having over 100 chapters right now, and our budget has tripled. Our initial goals are to open 500 chapters at universities in the next five years, and 1,000 chapters in the next ten years. Add to this the plan we are developing for Ratio Christi College Prep, and all of a sudden this becomes a movement…
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