How Can You Make a Career in Apologetics?
by Sean McDowell
We live in a golden age of apologetics. There are more books, curricula, blogs, conferences, academic programs, and people interested in apologetics than ever before. As my friend (and boss) Craig Hazen says, “Apologetics is a growth industry.”
Part of the vision of our Biola M.A. Christian Apologetics program is to train apologists to be a resource for the local church. In fact, our dream is that churches would consider the need for a “Pastor or Apologetics” as important as a men’s ministry leader or a youth pastor. Until this dream becomes a reality, here’s a few ways to make a career in apologetics (If you think I have missed any, please let me know):
1. Professor of Apologetics.
There are a growing number of academic programs offering degrees in apologetics, such as Oklahoma Wesleyan, Liberty, Houston Baptist, and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. While there is need for qualified and articulate apologists to teach at the college level and beyond, these positions are few and far between. If you want to be an apologetics professor, it’s important to find a way to set yourself apart from the crowd with either your professional expertise or platform.
2. Ratio Christi.
Ratio Christi is a growing ministry that aims to place apologists on college campuses around the world. The goal is to equip Christian students and faculty with the resources and relationships to live out their faith on the college campus, and also to engage non-believers with evidences for the faith. If you have apologetics skill, a pastoral heart, and a willingness to raise support, Ratio Christi could be a fantastic fit for you…