How Do You Motivate People to Care about Apologetics? Part 2

by Sean McDowell

Yesterday was the official release of my newest book A New Kind of Apologist. One of the unique chapters, written by my friend Mark Mittelberg, is about how to motivate church leaders to care about apologetics. Enjoy part 2 below, in which Mark focuses on equipping church members.

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Motivating Church Members to “Give an Answer”

After helping leaders heighten their commitment to apologetics and evangelism, here are some ideas for how we can partner with them to motivate the entire congregation in these areas.

Underscore the Church’s Vision

Without regular reminders, congregations tend to lose their focus on what the church—and we as individuals—are called to accomplish. Unfortunately, the part that fades away first is the most important: Reaching our world for Christ. How quickly we forget our mission and fall back into mundane church activities.

Churches need to be reminded of why they are here. Evangelism and apologetics, which is the handmaiden to evangelism, are not optional activities. They are at the very core of our mission, which is to reach our world with the gospel. That’s why Jesus spelled it out so clearly: to go into all the world (including next door or down the hallway) to reach everyone we can for him (Matthew 20:18-20). This Great Commission wasn’t one choice among many options. It’s what we’re here to do.

Church members quickly forget this, and so we must patiently but persistently remind them. As we do, the Holy Spirit will echo our challenge in their hearts as God’s Word underscores it in their minds.

After all, this is God’s will—let’s be bold about it…


How Do You Motivate People to Care about Apologetics? Part 2 – Sean McDowell