10 tips from a Church Leader to Get Apologetics Accepted in the Church
by Billy Dyer
Chances are if you are reading this blog post then you are interested in apologetics at some level. Also, it could be that you consider yourself an apologist and love to teach this stuff. But we have all run into THE PROBLEM!!! That is, the local church doesn’t share our same passion for Apologetics and even looks at it with disdain. The leaders are skeptical, or even hostile, to the idea of having it taught at church. At this point we are lost at what to do next.
I am a Preacher by profession and an Apologist by hobby. I have been successful at getting apologetics accepted into multiple churches and I teach it on a regular basis at Severn Christian Church (Severn, MD) where I preach. So I want to give you a few tips from a Church Leadership perspective on how to get the church to accept their need for apologetics.
1.) Become A Servant–Jesus said we needed to become servants of all (Mark 9:35) if we want to be first. I cannot stress this enough. Teaching is a privilege not a right. I want to see that you have been actively engaged in our other classes before you decide you want to teach your own. The Church is not an outpost for you to build YOUR ministry. That is a selfish mindset. If there is one thing that gets on my nerves it is the person who doesn’t show up to any church Bible study but then wants everyone to come to his event. Reality Check…you and I are not the Savior of the Body. I am the Preacher of a church that averages around 300 people but I still sit in Sunday School class because I learn from our teachers. When it is my turn to teach I believe they have more respect to learn from me because I have learned from them.
2.) Become an Active Member–As a church leader I don’t care if a guy wants to come in and teach theology. If I don’t know him as an active member then I will always be skeptical of him. Why is this guy here? What motives does he have? Remember the church leaders are there to guard the flocks from wolves so don’t get mad at them. If, on the other hand, I see that you have been engaged in other classes and serving behind the scenes then I will know your motives are pure. Also, when people continually see your face then they get to know you. If they get to know you then they are more willing to come to your class.
3.) Build Relationships–The old axiom is true; People won’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. The Church is not the same thing as the College. We all aspire to be a Bill Craig or Gary Habermas. But people in the church don’t always need or want syllogisms. They need others to help them bear their burdens (Gal 6:2). If you are only there to teach a class and go home then you might as well just go straight home…
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