For almost fifteen years, Dr. Mark Farnham has been training Christians in local churches to confidently and effectively share their faith with their friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, and classmates. He is an engaging speaker who combines simple, clear explanations with gripping personal illustrations from fascinating encounters with unbelievers of all kinds.
Apologetics for the Church offers a number of different formats for apologetics training. One week camps, weekend seminars, and one-day power seminars are the standard formats, but we are happy to adjust the training to your situation.
The most popular schedule for training begins Friday evening with one or two introductory sessions, continues Saturday morning (or evening), and concludes Sunday in the regular worship services.
6:00-7:00pm—Every Believer Confident
9:30-10:30am—Pulling Down Strongholds
Afternoon—Optional Sessions with Youth Group or Other Interested Groups
Sunday School Hour—Optional Session
Morning Service—Optional Session
Topics during the training include:
• Every Believer Confident: This introductory session helps believers to give an answer effectively to the questions people ask and the objections they raise about the Christian faith (1 Peter 3:15-16).
• Understanding Unbelievers: This session boosts the confidence of Christians to share their faith freely by exploring the Bible’s description of the unbeliever (Rom. 1:18-32).
• Pulling Down Strongholds: This session provides a strategy for real-life conversations that allows the Christian to present a powerful apologetic (2 Cor. 10:4-5).
• Encountering Skeptics and Atheists: Those who reject all belief in God present a formidable challenge to Christians, especially the younger generation. This session equips believers to powerfully refute antagonists to the gospel.
• The Truths We Hold Dear: This session looks at the cornerstone doctrines of the Christian faith so believers will understand better how to give an answer (2 Peter 1:16-21).
• The Problem of World Religions: This session answers the question, “How can the exclusive claims of Christ be true when there are so many religions in the world and the vast majority of people don’t believe in Jesus Christ?”
• The Reliability of Scripture: The attacks on the reliability of Scripture number in the hundreds, but do any of them have real merit? This session answers some of the most popular challenges to the reliability of the Bible.
• The Historicity of the Resurrection: The resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead is the doctrine on which the church stands or falls, according to Paul in 1 Corinthians 15. This session shows how historically reliable the accounts of the resurrection are, so Christians can hold their faith confidently.
• The Problem of Evil and Suffering: The number one objection to the Christian faith is the pervasive presence of evil and suffering in the world. How can there be an all-loving and all-powerful God when there is so much evil in the world. This session equips believers to answer this most difficult challenge.
• Understanding and Reaching Roman Catholics: This session explains the basic beliefs of Catholics and how to effectively engage them with the gospel of grace.
• Science and Faith: Can science explain everything to the point that belief in God is no longer necessary? This session challenges the common misconceptions about science’s power to explain the world and how without the Christian worldview, science is not even possible.
• Instilling Confidence in Our Children: This session explores the common reasons young people walk away from the faith and what can be done about it.
• Doubt and Confidence: This session explores the different causes of doubt among believers and shows how doubts can be answered to strengthen confidence.
• Understanding Worldviews: This session shows how various worldviews reveal the underlying intellectual and heart commitments of unbelievers, and how to effectively engage them.• Three Reasons People Don't Believe: In the 21st century the most common reasons people don't believe have changed from previous generations. Today they are the illusion of science, the indulgence of sex, and the idolatry of self.
WHAT A CONFERENCE CAN DO FOR YOUR CHURCH
Increase the confidence of church members to share their faith.
Provide an easy-to-learn strategy for engaging unbelievers in conversations about the gospel.
Expose church members to the best apologetics resources.
Initiate or strengthen an evangelistic culture in your church.
Demonstrate evangelistic and apologetic role playing so members see what effective encounters look like.
Strengthen the faith of doubting and struggling believers.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
“We are still buzzing here! Great follow-up conversations, sharing, next step gospel stuff and prayer. We also were left refreshed and encouraged. From all of us, thank you, not only for your teaching, but making time to invest in us personally. Sweet time together. Excited about seeing churches defensing and commending Christ! — Tedd Jordan, Pastor of New Life Fellowship Church, Glassboro, NJ